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Assar Lindbeck, 1930-2020

2020-09-98 Vox EU

Lars Calmfors, IFN, writes in Vox EU  about our colleague Assar Lindbeck who passed away on 28 August, aged 90. 

For decades he was Sweden's leading economist.

"It can be difficult in social sciences to find a good balance between purely scientific activities and more practical policy advising. Assar Lindbeck's life's work shows how to produce high-quality research by being guided by current problems facing society while at the same time participating passionately in the debate about them. His belief in such cross-fertilisation between social science and policy debate is well described in his memoirs, unfortunately only available in Swedish (Lindbeck 2012). It is probably also the main legacy that he wanted to leave behind."

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