Eli F. Heckscher Lectures

The Heckscher Lectures are held each year to honour the memory of Eli F. Heckscher’s (1879-1952). Among other things, Heckscher was the founder of economic history in Sweden.

The lecture is arranged each year by The EHFF Institute for Economic and Business History Research and The Ratio Institute. Heckscher was active at the Stockholm School of Economics as an economist and economic – historian and he was a leading scholar in those subjects for half a century. His work was mainly focused on economic theory and methods, Swedish economic history and institutional economic analyses. He is most famous for co-developing the Heckscher-Ohlin theorem in international economics.

Below is a list of the Heckscher lecturers since 2008, when Ratio became a co-organizer.

  • 2008 Youssef Cassis, University of Geneva, “Entrepreneurship and Big Business – The European Experience and the American Challenge”
  • 2009 Mark Casson, University of Reading, “Entrepreneurship: Theory, Institutions and History”
  • 2010 Deirdre McCloskley, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World”
  • 2011 Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University, “Institutions, Technology and Culture: the Origins of Modern Economic Growth Reconsidered”
  • 2012 Randall Morck, University of Alberta, “Recycling Corporations: A Matter of Life and Death”
  • 2013 James Robinson, Harvard University, “Why Nations Fail
  • 2014 Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard University, “Lessons from Financial Crisis”
  • 2015 Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University, “Corporations and Democracy: Beyond Cross-Country Regressions”
  • 2016 Paul Romer, NYU, Stern School of Business, “Short-Run Shocks; Long-Run Pessimism”
  • 2017 Barry R. Weingast, Stanford University, “Reconstructing Adam Smith’s Politics”
  • 2018 Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University, “A Crisis of Beliefs – Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility”
  • 2019 Mary O’Sullivan, Université de Genève, “The Intellgent Woman’s Guide to Capitalism”
  • 2021 David Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), “On the Persistence of the China Shock”
  • 2022 Ray Stokes, University of Glasgow, “Business, Industrial, or Economic History? Finding Common Ground”

Often, a Ratio dialogue is recorded in connection with the annual Heckscher lecture. You can watch them here.

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