Call for papers on dimensions of well-being
06 May 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our well-being in many dimensions. Understanding how these dimensions interact and what factors influence the overall level of well-being can be instrumental in policy design today and in the process of recovery once the pandemic is over. With this in mind, the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics and the FREE Network invites academic paper submissions to an online workshop focused on dimensions of well-being.
Inequality in the pandemic: Evidence from Sweden
28 April 2021
Policy brief: Most reports on the labor-market effects of the first wave of COVID-19 have pointed to women, low-skilled workers and other vulnerable groups being more affected. Research on the topic shows a more mixed picture. Researchers from the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE); Pamela Campa, Jesper Roine and Svante Strömberg explores the Swedish labor market during COVID-19 crisis.
The future of energy storage: challenges and opportunities
26 April 2021
Policy brief: As the dramatic consequences of climate change are starting to unfold, addressing the intermittency of low-carbon energy sources, such as solar and wind, is crucial. The obvious solution to intermittency is energy storage. However, its constraints and implications are far from trivial. Developing and facilitating energy storage is associated with technological difficulties as well as economic and regulatory problems that need to be addressed to spur investments and foster competition. With these issues in mind, the annual Energy Talk, organized by the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, invited three experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities of energy storage.
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?
What are the opportunities and challenges of energy storage?
12 April 2021
The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the Forum for Research on Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies (FREE Network) are organising a joint webinar to discuss the economic and environmental effects of energy storage adoption.
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.
What motivates whistleblowers to come forward with information?
26 March 2021
Wall Street Journal mentions SITE researcher Giancarlo Spagnolo's research study on "Motivating Whistleblowers". A study that shines light into what motivates people to come forward with information about wrongdoing.
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!