In memory of Assar Lindbeck


Assar Lindbeck was not only an outstandig scholar, but also an influential public voice in Sweden for many decades.

On 28 August 2020, we were reached by the sad news that professor Assar Lindbeck has passed away. His contributions to Swedish Economic research and to the Swedish public debate are outstanding. For many years Assar Lindbeck was a researcher at IIES, Stockholm University, and since 1995  he divided his time between IIES and IFN. He was also a researcher at our predecessor IUI for two earlier periods.  He devoted his life to economic research. Only two weeks prior to his death, at the age of 90, a paper of his was accepted by the European Economic Review.

Assar Lindbeck was mostly known to Swedes for his work with the so called Lindbeck Commission, a commission that was appointed by the government as a response to the economic crisis in the early 1990s. The commission presented 113 measures to strengthen the Swedish economy, many of which were realised.

To other scholars, Lindbeck is known for his research on insiders and outsiders on the labor market. Assar Lindbeck will be greatly missed.

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