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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.  


© Nobel Media. Illustration: Niklas Elmehed.

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.

Esther Duflo is the second woman to be awarded the prize since it was instituted in 1968 – and the youngest ever.

More on 2019's Nobel Laureates. 

Nobel Discussion

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. Recently Nobel Laureate Richard H. Thaler honored us with his presence on December 12, 2017.

Nobel discussion with Nobel Laureate Richard H. Thaler, the recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel 2017. The Nobel discussion was led by Professor Anna Dreber Almenberg.


Nobel Laureates Richard H. Thaler flanked by students from SSE.


Nobel Laureate Professor Richard H. Thaler and SSE President Professor Lars Strannegård.


Lucia celebration during the Nobel discussion 2017.

Lunch with the Nobel Laureate 2017.


In recent years we have welcomed esteemed winners such as 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, is currently the Chairman of the Committee for the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Magnus Johannesson, Professor in Economics at SSE, is member of the committee.

Per Strömberg (Chairman)
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. He is currently the holder of the Ragnar and Torsten Söderberg Professorship in Economics 2014-2018. Strömberg is currently a member of the Committee.

 

 

Magnus Johannesson (Member)
Professor in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics

Magnus Johannesson holds the Ragnar Söderberg Chair.



The 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.


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