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Torbjörn Becker in Dagens Industri: “Neither Russia nor the West has anything to gain from an enlarged conflict in Ukraine”

11 February 2022
In a recently published op-ed in Dagens Industri (in Swedish), Torbjörn Becker shares his insights on Russia's real threat from the West, which is economic and not military.

From east to west: A paper curtain in Swedish foreign news coverage?

08 February 2022
How much a country is talked about in the media can determine its place in the public debate. In this brief, SITE researchers Maiting Zhuang and Svante Strömberg study the amount of news coverage devoted to European countries in the Swedish press. They document a systematic difference between Western and Eastern Europe and explore underlying factors that could be important in explaining this East-West divide.

Does Sweden benefit from providing development aid and what does research really say about the effects of development aid?

04 February 2022
There are claims that development aid is ineffective and does not yield results. What does research say about the effects of development aid? SITE Deputy Director and researcher Anders Olofsgård provides his insights in the latest episode of "Biståndskvarten - Om forskning och fakta" by ForumCiV.

Call for papers: FREE Network conference on Economic and Social Context of Domestic Violence (hybrid, March 7 2022)

02 February 2022
The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics together with the Centre for Economic Analysis (CenEA) and the FREE Network invite academic contributions focusing on economic and social context of domestic violence. Both applied and theoretical contributions are welcome. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2022.

Paradise leaked: An analysis of offshore data leaks

01 February 2022
In recent years, there have been several high-profile leaks of documents related to the offshore financial industry, such as the Pandora Papers released last year. Some of the data contained in the leaked documents have now been made public. In this brief, SITE researchers Jonathan Lehne and Maiting Zhuang discuss the advantages and pitfalls of using these data for economic analysis. They show that despite some caveats, there are patterns in these data that can shed light on a secretive industry.

What does the gas crisis reveal about European energy security?

25 January 2022
The recent record-high gas prices have triggered legitimate concerns regarding the EU’s energy security, especially with dependence on natural gas from Russia. This brief discusses the historical and current risks associated with Russian gas imports. SITE researchers Chloé Le Coq and Elena Paltseva argue that decreasing the reliance on Russian gas may not be feasible in the short-to-mid-run, especially with the EU’s goals of green transition and the electrification of the economy. To ensure the security of natural gas supply from Russia, the EU has to adopt the (long-proclaimed) coordinated energy policy strategy.

Call for papers open for the CEPR Development Economics Conference hosted by Misum and SITE

19 January 2022
The prestigious CEPR symposium of the Development Economics Programme will be hosted by the Stockholm School of Economics on 19 and 20 May 2022. The conference is organised by Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum), Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). The call for papers for conference presentations is open until 28 February 2022.

How will climate change and the need for energy transformation affect environmental policy in Eastern Europe?

10 January 2022
The need for urgent climate action and energy transformation away from fossil fuels is widely acknowledged. Yet, current country plans for emission reductions do not reach the requirements to contain global warming under 2°C. What is worse, there is even reasonable doubt about the commitment to said plans given recent history and existing future investment plans into fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure development. This policy brief shortly summarizes the presentations and discussions at the SITE Development Day Conference, held on December 8, 2021, focusing on climate change policies and the challenge of a green energy transition in Eastern Europe.

Highlights from the hybrid seminar 'Sustaining global value chains' with Erik Berglöf

23 December 2021
COVID-19 has brought economic shocks of unprecedented scale and impact. The global value chain is not an exception. What policies and investments are needed to improve global value chains post pandemic? On December 20, 2021, Erik Berglöf, Chief Economist at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, presented key findings from the Asian Infrastructure Finance 2021 report: Sustaining Global Value Chains.

From Russia with love?

22 December 2021
Policy brief: Some recently discovered money laundering schemes have funnelled large amounts of illegal money from former soviet states through European banks. This note briefly describes the evolution of the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regime for financial institutions, the introduction of which was concurrent with the post-soviet transition and the connected illegal flows of funds. It discusses the effectiveness of the current AML regime – and its ability to detect and seize illegal funds. The brief also highlights some of its deficiencies as well as lack of compliance with its prescriptions. It proceeds to stress that after judging the current framework insufficient, the US recently introduced whistleblower rewards for AML-infringements. Europe might want to follow their lead if it really aims at limiting money laundering.