Working Papers 2019

All new research is first presented in a Working Paper (WP) where the target audience is primarily other researchers. All WP’s from recent years are written in English. Since 2006, a Swedish summary has also been included. A WP usually contains research that has progressed enough to be ready to be submitted to a scientific journal for review and potential publication.

1273. The Compensation Hypothesis Revisited and Reversed

Andreas Bergh

This note describes how research on the link between globalization and openness has changed over time. Early contributions assumed that countries develop welfare states to compensate for volatility caused by economic openness (the compensation…

1271. Ethnic Discrimination in Contacts with Public Authorities: A Correspondence Test Among Swedish Municipalities

Ali Ahmed and Mats Hammarstedt

We present a field experiment conducted in order to explore the existence of ethnic discrimination in contact with public authorities. Two fictitious parents, one with a Swedish-sounding name and one with an Arabic-sounding name, sent email inquiries to…

1270. Measuring Entrepreneurship: Do Established Metrics Capture High-Impact Schumpeterian Entrepreneurship?

Magnus Henrekson and Tino Sanandaji

Are quantitative measures driven by small business activity also valid proxies for high-impact Schumpeterian entrepreneurship? We compile four hand-collected measures of high-impact Schumpeterian entrepreneurship (VC-funded IPOs, self-made billionaire…

1269. Securing Personal Freedom through Institutions – the Role of Electoral Democracy and Judicial Independence

Niclas Berggren and Jerg Gutmann

Personal freedom is highly valued by many and a central element of liberal political philosophy. Although personal freedom is frequently associated with electoral democracy, developments in countries such as Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Russia, where…

1268. Globalization, Job Tasks and the Demand for Different Occupations

Fredrik Heyman and Fredrik Sjöholm

Globalization has increased in recent decades, resulting in structural changes of production and labor demand. This paper examines how the increased global engagement of firms affects the structure of the workforce. We find that the aggregate distribution…

1267. Stock Market Impact of Cross-Border Acquisitions in Emerging Markets

Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson

Entry by multinational enterprises (MNEs) into emerging markets has increased substantially over the last decades. Many of these MNE entries have taken place in concentrated markets. To capture these features, we construct a strategic interaction model of…

1266. Political Hedgehogs: The Geographical Sorting of Refugees in Sweden

Johan Wennström and Özge Öner

This study shows that in Sweden, contrary to other European countries, refugees have been disproportionately placed in peripheral and rural areas with high unemployment and rapid native depopulation where the prospects for integration, both socially and…

1265. The Refugee Crisis and the Reinvigoration of the Nation State: Does the European Union Have a Common Refugee Policy?

Magnus Henrekson, Özge Öner and Tino Sanandaji

The European Union officially proclaims to have a common refugee policy. However, the common treaties leave a great deal of discretion to the individual member countries, which allows them to regulate refugee migration while still upholding international…

1264. Production Efficiency of Nodal and Zonal Pricing in Imperfectly Competitive Electricity Markets

Mahir Sarfati, Mohammad Reza Hesamzadeh and Pär Holmberg

Electricity markets employ different congestion management methods to handle the limited transmission capacity of the power system. This paper compares production efficiency and other aspects of nodal and zonal pricing. We consider two types of zonal…

1263. Gender Grading Bias in Junior High School Mathematics

Petter Berg, Ola Palmgren and Björn Tyrefors

Admission to high school in Sweden is based on the final grades from junior high. This paper compares students’ final mathematics grade with new data from a high school introductory test score in mathematics. Both the grades and the test are based…

1262. The Housing Wealth Effect: Quasi-Experimental Evidence

Dany Kessel, Björn Tyrefors and Roine Vestman

We exploit a quasi-experiment to provide new evidence on the magnitude of the housing wealth effect. We estimate an immediate shock of approximately ‒15% to house prices close to one of Stockholm's airports after its operations were unexpectedly…

1261. Determinants of International Consumption Risk Sharing in Developing Countries

Malin Gardberg

Complete financial markets allow countries to share their consumption risks internationally, thereby creating welfare gains through lower volatility of aggregate consumption. This paper empirically looks at international consumption risk sharing and its…

1260. Salience of Inherited Wealth and the Support for Inheritance Taxation

Spencer Bastani and Daniel Waldenström

We study how attitudes to inheritance taxation are influenced by information about the role of inherited wealth in society. Using a randomized experiment in a register-linked Swedish survey, we find that informing individuals about the large aggregate…

Global index of the sharing economy

Timbro SEI

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Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund University, is one of the authors of this book. The Timbro Sharing Economy Index is the first global index of the sharing economy. The index has been compiled using traffic volume data and scraped data, and provides a unique insight into the driving factors behind the peer-to-peer economy.

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