The Case for Growth

Seminar Wed 14 September 2022
time and place

Wednesday 14 September 2022, 16:00–17:00
SNS, Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm. Drinks and snacks are served after the seminar.

Better technologies and management practices are key to promoting sustainable and equitable growth, according to award-winning economist John Van Reenen.

Welcome to an after work seminar where John Van Reenen presents his research and discusses policy frameworks for growth with Sven-Olov Daunfeldt, chief economist at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, and Laura Hartman, chief economist at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation.

John Van Reenen is a professor of economics at the London School of Economics and MIT. He argues that the idea that economic growth is incompatible with tackling the climate emergency is wrong, and sets out how technological innovation and better management can bring about sustainable growth. Van Reenen has published over a hundred papers in many areas of economics with a particular focus on firm performance and the causes and consequences of innovation. He is one of the founders and core team members of The World Management Survey, a high-quality, systematic dataset developed to be used by researchers worldwide to in digging deeper into the black box of productivity across industries and countries.

After the seminar, the conversation will continue over drinks.

The seminar is part of IIES/ SNS International Policy Talks, which is a collaboration between the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University and SNS with the mission to bring insights from leading international economists to the Swedish policy debate.


John Van Reenen, Ronald Coase Chair in Economics and School Professor and Director of the Programme on Innovation and Productivity, London School of Economics and Digital Fellow, MIT. He was the 2009 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award (the European equivalent of the Clark Medal); the Arrow Prize (2011); the European Investment Bank Prize (2014), and the HBR-McKinsey Award (2018). He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society, the NBER, CEPR and the Society of Labor Economists. In 2017, he was awarded an OBE for “services to public policy and economics” by the Queen.

Sven-Olov Daunfeldt, chief economist at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv)

Laura Hartman, chief economist at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO)

The seminar is held in English and is chaired by Ilinca Benson, CEO of SNS.


The meeting is free of charge and open to SNS members*, specially invited guests of IIES and SNS, academia as well as media.

The seminar will take place in person at the SNS offices at Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm. Register using registration button above.

*List of SNS members/Information about membership