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Domestic violence – the case of Sweden during the pandemic

21 April 2021
Policy brief: Violence within the home is the most common form of interpersonal violence for women. While children and men are also victims of abuse of various kind within the family, intimate partner violence committed by men against women is generally the most common form of domestic violence. Has intimate partner violence increased in Sweden during the current COVID-19 pandemic?

Does the Russian stock market care about Navalny?

20 April 2021
Policy brief: Alexei Navalny is the most prominent opposition leader in Russia today. During 2020, he entered not only the domestic Russian news flows, but was a major news story around the world following his horrific Novichok poisoning in August. This brief investigates the response in the Russian stock market to news about Navalny.

What would have happened if Sweden had imposed a lockdown?

19 April 2021
Working paper: SITE researcher Giancarlo Spagnolo together with co-authors compare different indicators of the spread and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, developing a novel method to adjust daily COVID-19 deaths to match weekly excess mortality. Focusing on Sweden, the only country that has good data and did not impose a lockdown. What would have happened if Sweden did impose a lockdown back in 2020?

All the bottles in one basket? Evaluating the effect of intra-industry diversification on risk

15 April 2021
A new method to evaluate the effect of product portfolio composition on risk. Richard Friberg publishes new article in Long Range Planning.

India's new National Education Policy: Evidence and challenges

13 April 2021
Could India's new education policy help deal with the "learning crisis" where gains in schooling have not translated into basic skills. Abhijeet Singh (with Karthik Muralidharan) publishes new article in Science.

Surprised by wirecard? Enablers of corporate wrongdoing in Europe

09 April 2021
Working paper: The last two decades have uncovered a concerning range of corporate wrongdoing by large European firms in a wide variety of industries. What has driven European firms to engage in such systematic wrongdoing? In this article, SITE researcher Giancarlo Spagnolo and co-author Theo Nyreröd use data on US investigations to identify the European countries hosting most corporate wrongdoers.

New publications by faculty at the Department of Economics

06 April 2021
Windfall gains increase stock market participation, US social security have large depressing effect on married women’s employment and there is no association between the 2D:4D digit ratio and self-employment.

Understanding Russia’s GDP numbers in the COVID-19 crisis

11 March 2021
Policy brief: Russia’s real GDP fell by a modest 3 percent in 2020. The question addressed here is how a major oil-exporting country can go through the COVID-19 pandemic with a decline of this magnitude when oil prices fell by 35 percent at the same time as the domestic economy suffered from lock-downs. The short answer is that it is mainly a statistical mirage. Read the policy brief to learn more!

Women in politics: Why are they under-represented?

08 March 2021
Policy brief: Women are generally under-represented in political offices worldwide, and their under-representation becomes larger in more senior positions. This brief reviews some recent academic literature in economics and political science on the likely causes of women’s under-representation.

What are the challenges to media freedom in Eastern European countries?

05 March 2021
Policy brief: In recent years, press freedom in many Eastern European countries has increasingly come under threat. This policy brief provides an overview of the importance of a free press for democracy and the challenges to media freedom in these European transition economies.

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