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Den rastlösa välfärdsmänniskan: tidsbrist i överflöd

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Företagandets villkor, Handelshögskolan Stockholm

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Ratio Förlag presenterar en nyutgåva Staffan Burenstam Linders klassiker “Den rastlösa välfärdsmänniskan. Tidsbrist i överflöd – en ekonomisk studie” som utkom första gången 1969. Boken, som snabbt blev en internationell bestseller och översattes till elva språk, är en modern klassiker med dagsaktuell relevans.

Ju rikare vi blir, desto mer stressade och rastlösa tycks vi bli. Tidsbrist är ett av nutidens största gissel. Trots att det rimligen borde vara tvärtom. Borde inte det ökade välståndet leda till att vi får ökad tid till avkoppling, lek, umgänge och rekreation? Denna paradox är utgångspunkten för Staffan Burenstam Linders briljanta analys.

Staffan Burenstam Linder (1931-2000) var professor i nationalekonomi och rektor vid Handelshögskolan i Stockholm. Han var även riksdagsledamot, förste vice ordförande för Moderaterna, handelsminister i 1970-talets borgerliga regeringar samt ledamot av Europaparlamentet. Dessutom var han ordförande i riksbanksfullmäktige.

Burenstam Linder, S. (2008). Den rastlösa välfärdsmänniskan: Tidsbrist i överflöd – en ekonomisk studie. Stockholm. Ratio Förlag.

Gary S. Becker, professor vid University of Chicago, mottagare av Sveriges Riksbanks pris i ekonomisk vetenskap till Alfred Nobels minne samt god vän till Staffan Burenstam Linder, har skrivit en ny introduktion till denna utgåva. Docent Nils Karlson, VD Ratio, har skrivit ett förord.

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Technological Change and Industrial Transformation
BokPublikation
Long, V. & Holmén, M.
Publiceringsår

2021

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Industrial transformation is a research and teaching field with a focus on the phenomenon and mechanisms of industrial development and renewal. It concerns changes in economic activities caused by innovation, competition and collaboration, and has a rich heritage of evolutionary economics, institutional economics, industrial dynamics, technology history and innovation studies. It borrows concepts and models from the social sciences (sociology, history, political sciences, business/management, economics, behavioural sciences) and also from technology and engineering studies.
In this book, the authors present the key theories, frameworks and concepts of industrial transformation and use empirical cases to describe and explain the causes, processes and outcomes of transformation in the context of digitalization and sustainability. They stress that industrial transformation consists both of Darwinian “survival of the fittest” selection, and of intentional pursuits of innovation, and of industrial capabilities creation. The work argues that managing the global trends of transformation is not only about new technology and innovation: existing institutional settings and dynamic interactions between technological change, organizational adaptation and economic activities also have a profound impact on future trajectories.
The areas under investigation are of great relevance for strategic management decisions and industrial and technology policies, and understanding the mechanisms underlying transformation and sustainable growth.

Bureaucrats or Markets in Innovation Policy?
BokPublikation
Sandström, C., Wennberg, K. & Karlson, N.
Publiceringsår

2019

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How can innovation best be promoted? Based on a major interdisciplinary research program
with a special focus on Sweden, paired with international research, this book shows that targeted
interventions and firm subsidies do not have the intended effects but instead creates policy failures,
government waste and rent-seeking.

Instead, innovation policy should focus on supplying the right competencies and on improving the
institutions of the market economy and the general
conditions for enterprise.

Markets rather than bureaucrats are decisive for
innovation, industrial development and growth.

Industrial policy: Political considerations, payoffs, and peculiar incentives
BokPublikation
Gustafsson, A
Publiceringsår

2018

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This thesis consists of four independent papers. They deal with some aspects of industrial policy, namely public supports to firms that are intended to support innovation and growth at the firm level, using Swedish data. Two papers study the efficiency of current Swedish policies by estimating the effects of subsidies and public loans to firms, respectively.
The results on subsidized firms suggests that there are some positive effects on profits and productivity, but these diminish and disappear over time. The results of public loans are more positive with long lasting effects on productivity and sales but only for smaller firms. Public loans do not lead to an increase in the number of employees in the firms that receive them.
The third paper studies the selection of firms for subsidies and the incentives firms have to seek them. By modeling the decision to seek subsidies as a trade off between producing in the market and seeking grants, the results suggest that firms with low market productivity might self-select into seeking grants. The empirical results are in line with the theoretical predictions.
The final paper studies the incentives that politicians have to implement programs and policies that they know will be inefficient. Since a lack of political action can make the politicians look incompetent, incumbentens have incentives to implement policies even though they know that these will be ineffective, to signal competence towards the voters.

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