Assar Lindbeck

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Assar Lindbeck
Born (1930-01-26) 26 January 1930 (age 89)
School or
Stockholm School
ContributionsInsider-outsider theory of employment
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Carl Assar Eugén Lindbeck (born 26 January 1930) is a Swedish professor of economics at Stockholm University and at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN).[1]

Lindbeck is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,[2] the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters[3] and previously chaired the Academy's[clarification needed] prize committee for the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He was the first Swede to be appointed a foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association, and one of only three Swedes ever.[4]

Lindbeck has done research on unemployment (e.g. the insider-outsider theory of employment), the welfare state (including the effect of changing social norms), and China's reformed economy. Lindbeck received a Ph.D. from Stockholm University in 1963 with the doctoral thesis A study in monetary analysis.[5][6]

Assar Lindbeck also has a theory on self-destructive welfare state dynamics, in which the welfare system erodes norms relating to work and responsibility: change in the work ethic is related to a rising dependence on welfare state institutions. It was on the basis of this viewpoint that he promoted the economic theories of conservative American theorist James McGill Buchanan. Indeed, it is said that it was through Lindbeck's influence at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences that Buchanan was awarded the 1986 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, a decision which was criticized by a British columnist in 2017.[7]

Lindbeck previously headed the Institute for International Economic Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. In 1992–1993 he headed the so-called "Lindbeck Commission", which was appointed by the Government of Sweden to propose reforms in light of the then-ongoing economic crisis.


  • The housing shortage. A study of the price system in the housing market (with Ragnar Bentzel och Ingemar Ståhl), Almqvist & Wiksell, Stockholm, 1963.
  • The Insider-Outsider Theory of Employment and Unemployment, (with Dennis Snower) MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988.
  • The Swedish Experiment, SNS Förlag, Stockholm, 1997.


  1. ^ "Research Institute of Industrial Economics". Official website. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Assar Lindbeck (in Swedish)". Official website. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Gruppe 8: Samfunnsfag (herunder sosiologi, statsvitenskap og økonomi)" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  4. ^ "American Economic Association". Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  5. ^ Assar Lindbeck (1963). A Study in Monetary Analysis. Almqvist & Wiksell.
  6. ^ Libris database
  7. ^ George Monbiot (July 20, 2017). "A despot in disguise: one man's mission to rip up democracy". The Guardian. Retrieved May 31, 2018.

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