Assar Lindbeck,  Foto: Markus Marcetic © KVA

Foto: Markus Marcetic © KVA

On January 26, 2020, IIES Professor Assar Lindbeck turned 90. To celebrate this, the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) (in collaboration with the SNS - Centre for Business and Policy Studies) invites you to a half-day conference on the role researchers can and should play in shaping economic policy. The conference takes place at Aula Magna, at Stockholm University, on 10 March, 2020, between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm with registration from 1:30 pm.

Throughout his academic career, Assar Lindbeck has contributed immensely to the debate on how to shape Swedish economic policy. He has also always pointed out that academics have an obligation to present their research results, but also to analyze different policy alternatives and make their own proposals. A brilliant example is the Lindbeck Commission, which after three months of work in the spring of 1993, presented 113 reform proposals. These had a major impact on the political debate in Sweden. 

With the Lindbeck Commission as a starting point, the aim of the conference is to look ahead. What challenges do Sweden's researchers and politicians face? 

The event is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required. Please click here to register on the SNS website.

Note that the conference is held in Swedish.

Conference program:

Why did I set up the Lindbeck Commission and would I do it again? 

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden.

Academic research - a good research department for a reporter. 

Erik Fichtelius, former head of Ekot and reporter for Aktuellt, two-time winner of the Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism.

Do politicians (still) listen to scholars? 

Jenny Madestam, Associate Professor of Political Science, Södertörn University.

Panel discussion and questions from the audience. 

Carl Bildt, Erik Fichtelius and Jenny Madestam.

Does economic theory have enough contact with reality? Economic Theory 4.0 for the 21st Century. 

Leif Östling, former CEO of Scania and chairman of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv).

Panel discussion and questions from the audience, with an introduction by Assar Lindbeck. 

Assar Lindbeck, Professor of Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Anna Breman, Deputy Governor of Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden's Central Bank), Torsten Persson, Professor of Economics (IIES), Karin Pettersson, head of cultural affairs at Aftonbladet, and Leif Östling.


Leading the conversation are:

Anna Breman, Deputy Governor of Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden’s Central Bank) and

John Hassler, Professor of Economics, IIES.