Economics & Management Day

with the Jan Söderberg Family Prize in Economics and Management

Now, LUSEM and the Jan and Åsa Söderberg Family presents an inspiring programme with focus on the leadership of tomorrow. We are also delivering the Jan Söderberg Family Prize in Economics and Management to Harvard Professor Nathan Nunn.

Prize ceremony: Jan Söderberg Family Prize in Economics and Management

Prize worth SEK 1 million to a young scholar

Professor Nathan Nunn is the second recipient of The Jan Söderberg Family Prize in Economics and Management. He asks questions such as: Why are societies and cultures different? Why are some more economically successful than others?

In his research, Nunn examines the effects that historical events and factors have on subsequent societal outcomes. The quantitative analysis includes the use of historical data, often from archival sources, or anthropological fieldwork, which are then linked to later outcomes.

Jan och Åsa Söderberg initiaded the Prize and the Economics and Management Day. Their generous donation has made it possible for the Lund University School of Economics and Management to increase its visibility regionally, nationally and internationally.

Participants in the 2020 award ceremony:

Learn more about the award here

Lecture by Professor Nathan Nunn

History's importance for economic development

In connection with the award ceremony, Nathan Nunn holds a lecture on his research. The title of the lecture is: Looking back and moving forward: The importance of history for economic development.

In his research on the effects of the Slave trade, Nathan Nunn showed that across the Americas, the more dependent on slavery a nation was in 1750, the poorer it was in 2000. He found the same relationship inside the US. In 2000, states with more slaves in 1860 were poorer than states with fewer slaves and much poorer than the free Northern states.

Some of Nathan Nunn’s most cited studies argue that a substantial part of Africa's current underdevelopment appears to be caused by the long-term effects of the Atlantic and Arab slave trades. He has published findings on how current differences in trust levels within Africa can be attributed to the impact of the Atlantic and Arab slave trades, which have caused the emergence of low-trust cultural norms, beliefs, and values in ethnic groups heavily affected by slavery.

­Learn more about Professor Nathan Nunn's research by watching the video above, or by reading the following article:

Praise for pioneering knowledge of Africa's development

Talk about the leadership of tomorrow

Leadership, AI and the human touch

Leadership has never been more important – and managers face new as well as timeless challenges every day. We hope you want to join us for a digital panel discussion with innovative researchers and leaders. The theme: Leadership of Tomorrow – challenges and perspectives.

Note that the panel discussion is held in Swedish.

More about the programme and the participants (in Swedish)

Economics and Management Day 24 March 2021.

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A prize worth SEK 1 million for outstanding and ground-breaking research, and a day dedicated to popular science and interdisciplinary lectures in economics and management – this is the result of a donation from the Jan and Åsa Söderberg family to the Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM).

In 2018, the Jan and Åsa Söderberg family donated SEK 3 million to LUSEM, with SEK 1 million to be distributed each year. The purpose of the donation is the inauguration of a new prize in Economics and Management and to hold popular science lectures in economics and management in connection with the award ceremony.

Looking back and moving forward: The importance of history for economic development. That is the topic of the Prize Lecture that Harvard Professor Nathan Nunn will give on 24 March. He is the 2020 recipient of the Jan Söderberg Family Prize in Economics and Management. Nathan Nunn will talk about his research with a focus on economic development.

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Contact

Louise Larsson
Communications officer

louise.larsson@ehl.lu.se
Phone: +46 (0)46 222 08 44

Last published: 2021-03-24