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Are Green Jobs Promising the Moon?

PublikationBok
Christian Sandström, Ekonomisk tillväxt, EU, Företagandets villkor, Miljöekonomi, Miljöpolitik, Tillväxt

Sammanfattning

Näringslivets konkurrenskraft kan öka genom en skärpt miljöpolitik. Det menar EU-kommissionen som utlovar 500 000 nya gröna jobb fram till år 2020. Men i boken “Are Green Jobs Promising the Moon?” som släppts på tankesmedjan Timbro granskar Christian Sandström, tekn. dr. vid forskningsinstitutet Ratio, vilket stöd EU:s ambitioner har och når en annan slutsats.

I boken visar Sandström att det historiskt sett har varit svårt att utforma miljö- och energiregleringar som ger önskad effekt. I stället har regleringar fått oavsiktliga konsekvenser i form av skenande kostnader för stater och i vissa fall bubblor, då vinstmaximerande företag inte har varit sena att utnyttja regelsystemen till sin fördel.


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Questioning the Entrepreneurial State
BokPublikation
Wennberg, K. & Sandström, C.
Publiceringsår

2022

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Western economies are struggling to recover from a decade of Plagued by structural crises, an ongoing pandemic, high unemployment and sluggish growth. As progressively looser monetary and fiscal policies have not helped, both the EU and national governments have increasingly turned towards interventionist industrial policies. Mariana Mazzucato’s The Entrepreneurial State (2011) provided an intellectual justification for these efforts, and consequently gained popularity. The message was clear: in order to get more innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainable development and growth we need more government, not less. In this book, 30 international scholars address the core ideas underpinning the entrepreneurial state. We provide evidence of both historical and recent failures of “green deals” and similar efforts, while also developing novel directions for innovation policy. In many regards, this book is a warning: huge government schemes towards specific, noble outcomes have historically been plagued with failures. In sum, we argue that innovation policy needs to be inverted: instead of being specific and targeted, it needs to be broad and general, focusing on the general conditions for firms to operate. Instead of providing targeted support to certain firms, industries or even technologies, innovation policy needs to constructively deal with barriers to innovation, including the proactive handling of vested interest groups.

The book is open access and can be downloaded here.

Ratio Working Paper No. 350: A quickly transforming labour market
Working paperPublikation
Uddén Sonnegård, E.
Publiceringsår

2021

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Ratio Working Paper

Sammanfattning

The Covid-19 pandemic has made it clear that the labour market situation can change
extremely rapidly when there is an unexpected exogenous shock to the economy. Even
though the transformation of the labour market as a result of the development of ICT
(Information Communication Technology) industries facilitates more-flexible
conditions, it is now more important than ever for EU Member States to improve the
functioning of their labour markets. Member States need to increase possibilities for
training and retraining throughout peoples’ working lives in order to smooth the
transformation into a digital world of work.

An Anatomy of Failure – Wind Power Development in China
Artikel (med peer review)Publikation
Grafström, J.
Publiceringsår

2021

Sammanfattning

China is currently the world’s largest installer of wind power. However, with twice the installed wind capacity compared to the United States in 2015, the Chinese produce less power. The question is: Why is this the case? This article shows that Chinese grid connectivity is low, Chinese firms have few international patents, and that export is low even though production capacity far exceeds domestic production needs. Using the tools of Austrian economics, China’s wind power development from 1980 to 2016 is documented and analyzed from three angles: (a) planning and knowledge problems, (b) unproductive entrepreneurship, and (c) bureaucracy and government policy. From a theoretical standpoint, both a planning problem and an entrepreneurial problem are evident where governmental policies create misallocation of resources and a hampering of technological development.

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