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The Nobel Prize and SSE

Stockholm School of Economics has uniquely close ties to the Prize in Economics Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Two of our professors currently serve on the Committee for the Prize in Economic Sciences, every December the year’s laureate or laureates visit our school, and every four years our students arrange the annual Nobel NightCap.  

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2020 to Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson, both with Stanford University, "for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats".

Read our interview with Assistant Professor Andreea Enache, whose research focuses on structural econometrics applied to auction models, and Tore Ellingsen, a member of the Nobel Prize Committee: Auction theory – Nobel-winning research that affects more of your life than you think. 

This year’s Nobel Banquet has been cancelled and the prizes will likely be awarded in the Laureates' home countries. Nobel lectures will be conducted digitally, and the Academy of Sciences hopes to be able to offer some upper-secondary schools a "digital visit" from the Nobel and Economic Sciences’ Laureates in December.

Nobel discussion

At Stockholm School of Economics we’re proud of our uniquely close ties to the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Every year, the economy laureates visit our School for a more informal and personal discussion with peers and students. In 2020, however, there will not be a Nobel discussion on SSE premises due to the pandemic.

SSE's annual Nobel discussion with the laureate(s) takes place in December every year. Our students get to meet each year's winner(s) and a discussion is held at SSE's premises. As seats are limited, in 2019 we broadcasted the discussion with Laureates Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer live on Facebook. The broadcast is now available on YouTube.

About the 2019 laureates

The Laureates Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer have jointly been awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty." One of their most significant contributions was introducing field experiments into research on development economics.

In recent years we have welcomed esteemed winners such as Richard H. Thaler, Bengt Holmström, Oliver Hart, Jean Tirol, Eugne F. Fama, Robert J. Shiller and Angus Deaton to the discussion at SSE.

The Economic Sciences Prize Committee

The Economic Sciences Prize Committee is responsible for the selection of candidates for the Prize in Economic Sciences. Per Strömberg, Professor of Finance at SSE, and Tore Ellingsen, Professor of Economics, are both members of the Committee for the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

Per Strömberg (Member)
Professor of Finance, Stockholm School of Economics

Per Strömberg is the SSE Centennial Professor of Finance and Private Equity at the Stockholm School of Economics and currently the Head of the Department of Finance at SSE. He is also Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  

 

 

Tore EllingsenTore Ellingsen (Member)
Professor of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics

Tore Ellingsen holds the Ragnar Söderberg Chair in Economics. He is also Chair of the Social Sciences Class at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and an adjunct professor at Norwegian School of Economics in his hometown, Bergen.



The Students' Nobel NightCap

Every four years, SSE students have the honor of organizing the official after party for the Nobel Banquet. The extravagant celebration is attended by the laureates and it happens right here at SSE.



The Nobel NightCap gives students, laureates and academics a chance to mingle after the Nobel Banquet. Each year's NightCap takes on a different theme, which is kept secret until the very last minute.

The event provides an opportunity for students to organize a memorable evening packed with entertainment, fun and culinary experienses for all the distinguished guests. 

Read more.  

Bertil Ohlin – Our very own laureate

Bertil Ohlin was a professor of economics at SSE between 1929 and 1965. He was awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences in 1977 for his research on international trade. With a lecture hall and a street named in his honor, his legacy remains strong.

Shortly after taking on his professorship at SSE, Ohlin published Interregional and International Trade. The book mapped out what today is known as the Heckscher-Ohlin model, and it made him a world renowned economist.

Meanwhile, Ohlin juggled his academic career with politics. He was the leader of liberal People’s Party from 1944 to 1967.

He received the Prize in Economic Sciences in 1977 together with James E. Meade “for their pathbreaking contribution to the theory of international trade and international capital movements”.

“I have found it all to be a fascinating business,” Ohlin said of his extraordinary career.

His legacy has been solidified at SSE with a lecture hall and a street named in his honor.

Read his full biography here.

In order to honor the significant scientific achievements of Bertil Ohlin, the Stockholm School of Economics arranges the annual Ohlin Lectures. Read more about these here

 

The Ohlin lectures

In order to honor the significant scientific achievements of Bertil Ohlin, the Stockholm School of Economics arranges the annual Ohlin Lectures.

 

The lectures are devoted to important economic problems in areas close to Ohlin’s heart. and are subsequently published in book form by the MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and London, in a series that has gained a wide readership.  Read more here.

The 2020 Ohlin lecture with Professor Andrew Bernard, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, scheduled to occur on November 16, has been postponed until 2021                  due to the pandemic.

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