Research in Economics
Research in Economics at Karlstad Business School is focused on applied microeconomics, health economics, public economics, competition policy, cost-benefit analysis, and macroeconomics.
Examples work include work on peer effects (how other people impact what one does), political economy (voter behaviour and competition between political candidates for power), family economics, and economic philosophy. As well as competition policy focusing on the incentives of firms to engage in cartels or mergers. And, within macroeconomics on the business cycle modelling and optimal public debt and effects on economic growth. Research on fires, accidents, and rescue services is mainly different applications of cost-benefit analyses.
Our research dissemination is mainly through international scientific journals, conference papers and reports. Other kinds of outreach is articles in popular science magazines and books.
Here is a link to our researchers’ personal websites.
Recent research funding:
Mats Ekman and Niklas Jakobsson received funding from Handelsbankenstiftelserna in 2022, read more here (in Swedish): Två projekt inom tillämpad empirisk mikroekonomi till Handelshögskolan | Karlstads universitet (kau.se).
Mats Ekman and Niklas Jakobsson received funding from Systembolagets alkoholforskningsråd in 2021, read more here (in Swedish): Samband mellan öppettider och våld granskas – Accent (accentmagasin.se).