Department of Economics

Lund University School of Economics and Management


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Growing inequality in China is shaped by the housing markets


The Chinese economy as a whole has grown massively in the last 40 years, but it did not benefit the complete population equally resulting in increased inequality and potential social tensions. A novel research paper shows that the housing markets are key to understanding this trend (Fischer, 2022). High housing prices in the prosperous urban areas hinder the internal migration that would allow workers to move from the less developed rural areas to the urban economic centers and hence to benefit from the overall growth trend. Moreover, rising housing prices increase inequality also within the city between migrants who rent apartments and their landlords. A model predicts that the pathway of future inequality will, to a large extent, be shaped by the housing markets.

People downplay Covid risks to justify engagement in pleasant activities


During the Covid-19 pandemic, many pleasant activities such as restaurant or gym visits posed substantial health risks both to ourselves and others. To engage in those activities, we systemically underestimated health risks, a new PhD thesis from Lund University argues.

Carrot And Stick: How Can Firms Better Influence Each Other’s Environmental Behavior?


New research by Zahra Hashemzadeh and coauthors from the department of Economics at Lund University analyzed the environmental policies carried out by companies. The results shed lights on the role played by firms’ networks in environmental policies adoption with relevant implications for policy making.

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Working papers

The Working Paper Series at the Department of Economics are published on the S-WoPEc page. S-WoPEc (Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics) acts as a clearing house and central repository for bibliographic data about Nordic working papers in Economics.