Klas Eklund

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Curriculum Vitae

Klas Eklund
Senior Economist

 

1. Personal Details

Surname: Eklund (Mr)
First name: Klas
Date of birth: 1952-07-16

Work address:
Mannheimer Swartling
Norrlandsgatan 21, Box 1711
SE 111 87 Stockholm
SWEDEN

Telephone switchboard: +468 595 061 54
Cell phone: +46709 777 154
Mail: k.eklund@msa.se
Personal website: www.klaseklund.se
Twitter: @KlasEklund

 

2. Education

  • American High School: Wausau, Wisconsin, graduation in 1969
  • Swedish High School: Skanstulls gymnasium, Stockholm, graduation in 1971
  • Military Service: The Swedish Army School of Interpreters, leave as sergeant in 1972
  • University, under-graduate studies:
    • Stockholm School of Economics, BA in 1975 (major in Economics)
    • University of Stockholm, BA in 1980 (major in Economic History)
  • University, graduate studies:
    • Stockholm School of Economics, Licentiate of Economics in 1985 (Thesis: The Long-Term Growth Patterns of the Swedish Economy)

 

3. Professional Career

  • Research Fellow, Stockholm School of Economics, 1975-82
  • Economic Policy Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance, 1982-84
  • Economic Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Office, 1984-87
  • Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Head of Departement of Economic Analysis and Forecasting, Ministry of Finance, 1987-88
  • Secretary of the Social Democratic Party Programme Commission, 1988-89
  • Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Finance, 1989-90
  • Chairman of the Government Commission on Productivity, 1990-91
  • Chief Economist, Sweden Post, 1992-94
  • Chief Economist, SEB, 1994-2007
  • Senior Economist, SEB, 2007-2015
  • Senior Economist Sustainability, SEB, 2016-2017
  • Senior Economist, Mannheimer Swartling, 2018-

 

4. Other Positions and awards

  • Chairman of the Government’s Committee to investigate the Balance of Payments Statistics, 1987-89
  • Member of the Board of Governors, The Central Bank of Sweden, 1987-89
  • Member of the Government’s Committee on the Future of the National Debt Office, 1987-89
  • Member of the board of SIFO Research (The Swedish Institute for Opinion Polls), 1989-91
  • Vice Chairman of the 5th General Pension Fund, 1990-94
  • Member of the board, TM Treasury Management, 1991-94
  • Member of the SNS Economic Policy Group, 1992-93
  • Judge for the Swedish Quality Prize, 1992-95
  • Member of ESO (the Government Committee for Economic Studies of the Public Sector), 1983-92
  • Dean of Sweden Post College, 1992-1994
  • Chairman of ESO, 1992-1997
  • Member of the board, ABB Financial Services Treasury Center Sweden, 1993-94
  • Member of the board, The Swedish Carnegie Institute, 1993-2001
  • Member of the European Banking Federation’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, 2000-06
  • Member of the board, Humany, 2000-05
  • Member of the European Commission’s Group of Economic Advisors, 2000-04
  • Member of the SAAB National Advisory Board, 2003-2007
  • Member of the Project Global Imbalances and the Future of the International Monetary System, World Economic Forum and the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee, 2004-2006
  • Member of the European Commission’s Group of Economic Policy Analysis, 2005-2010
  • Member of Dagens Industris “Shadow Monetary Policy Committee”, 2006-2016
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the think tank Fores, 2008-2012
  • Member of the project team for “The Economics of Climate Change in China”, SEI and CE50, 2008-2009
  • Member of the program board, MISTRA-Swecia, 2008-2013
  • Member of the advisory board, SNS (Centre for Business and Policy Studies), 2009-
  • Adjunct Professor of Economics, University of Lund, 2009-2015
  • Member of the board, IIIEE (The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at the University of Lund), 2010-2016
  • Senior Advisor, think tank Global Challenge, 2010-
  • The Jacob Palmstierna Award for successful economic writing 2010
  • Member of the board, Magnora AB, 2011-2018
  • Member of the Government’s “Commission for the future”, 2011-2013
  • Member of the advisory board, Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies, 2012-2015
  • Economist of the year in Skane 2012
  • Member of IVA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, 2012-
  • Member of the board, MISTRA (The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmenal Research), 2013-2019
  • Member of MISTRA’s Asset management committee, 2013-2019
  • Chairman, Bokriskommittén (The Committee to solve the housing crisis), 2013-2014
  • Senior Advisor, Sweden-India Business Council, 2014-
  • Member of the Task Force on Green Finance Reform and Green Transformation, CCICED (China Council of International Co-operation and Environmental Development), 2015
  • Chairman, The Government’s Committee for analysis of the labour market of the future, 2015-2016
  • Advisor, Newsec, 2016-
  • Member of the Board, 6th General Pension Fund, 2017-2018
  • Awarded His Majesty the King’s medal in gold for “laudable achievements as economist”, 2017
  • Investigator of a future Swedish tax reform, ESO (the Government Committee for Economic Studies of the Public Sector), 2019-

5. Published Books and Articles

a) Books:

“Är Sovjet kapitalistiskt?” (with Per Reichard), (“Has the Soviet Union Become a Capitalist Economy?”) Bokförlaget Röda Rummet, Stockholm 1976

“Den bistra sanningen. Om Sveriges ekonomi och de kommande magra åren” (“The Sinister Truth about the Swedish Economy and the Coming Lean Years”), Tiden 1982

“Vår ekonomi. En introduktion till samhällsekonomin” (“Our Economy: An Introduction to Economics”), first edition Tiden 1987, 14th revised edition Studentlitteratur 2017; also translated into a number of foreign languages, including Russian and Chinese.

“Drivkrafter för produktivitet och välstånd”, Produktivitetsdelegationens betänkande, SOU 1991:82 (“Driving Forces for Productivity and Prosperity”, Report of the Government’s Productivity Commission)

“Sweden’s Economic Crisis: Diagnosis and Cure”, Annual Report of the SNS Economic Policy Group, SNS 1993 (together with Assar Lindbeck, Mats Persson, Hans Tson Söderström, Staffan Viotti)

“Hur farligt är budgetunderskottet?” (“How Dangerous is the Budget Deficit?”), SNS Förlag 1993, second edition 1994

“Jakten på den försvinnande skatten: Globalisering och rörliga skattebaser” (“Chasing the Disappearing Tax: Globalisation and Mobile Tax Bases”), SNS Förlag 1998

“Tobinskatten: Ett medel söker sitt mål” (“The Tobin Tax: A Proposal Looking for a Purpose”), Timbro 2001

“Euron: De ekonomiska argumenten” (“The Economic Arguments for the Euro”), Sverige i Europa 2003

“Ekonomisk tillväxt” (“Economic Growth”), SNS Förlag 2004

“Vårt klimat” (“Our Climate”), Norstedts Akademiska Förlag 2009

“Olof Palme”, Albert Bonniers Förlag 2010

“The Economics of Climate Change in China: Towards a Low-Carbon Economy”, Earthscan 2011 (with Nicholas Stern, Fan Gang et al)

“Kina: Den nygamla supermakten” (“China: the Old-New Superpower”), SNS Förlag 2011

“Ett ramverk för innovationspolitiken. Hur göra Sverige mer entreprenöriellt?”  (“A Framework for Innovation Policy. How to Make Sweden More Entrepreneurial?”), Samhällsförlaget 2012 (med Pontus Braunerhjelm och Magnus Henrekson)

“En fungerande bostadsmarknad – en reformagenda”  (“A Functioning Housing Market – a Reform Agenda”), Bokriskommittén (The Committee to Solve the Housing Crisis) 2014

“Vår ekonomi – i korthet” (“Our economy – the short version”), Studentlitteratur 2014

“Tillväxt” (“Growth”), Studentlitteratur 2015

 

b) Selected articles in professional journals and text books:

“Long Waves in the Development of Capitalism?”, Kyklos 3/80

“Utbudsekonomi – en översikt” (“Supply-Side Economics – A Survey”) Ekonomisk debatt 7/81

“Från tillväxt till stagnation: Svensk tillväxt under efterkrigstiden” (“From Growth to Stagnation: Swedish Growth during the Post-War Period”) in Södersten (ed): “Svensk ekonomi” (“The Swedish Economy”), Rabén & Sjögren 1982

“Arbetslöshetens orsaker och botemedel” (“The Causes and Cures of Unemployment”), Ekonomisk Debatt 2-3/85

“Springtime for Dahmén. A Renaissance for Schumpeterianism in Sweden”, S-E-Banken Quarterly Review 2/86

“De ideologiska rötterna till socialdemokratins ekonomiska politik” (“The Ideological Roots of Social Democratic Economic Policy”) in Lönnroth (ed): “Politikens rötter” (“The Roots of Policy”), SNS 1986

“Sverige – ett land med tillväxtproblem?” (“Sweden – a Country with Growth Problems?”) in Södersten (ed): “Marknad och politik. Strukturer och problem i svensk ekonomi” (“Markets and Politics. Structures and Problems in the Swedish Economy”), Universitetsförlaget 1987

“Behovet av utbudspolitik” (“The Need for Supply Side Policies”) in Wadensjö, Eskil (ed): “Vingarnas trygghet. En vänbok till Gösta Rehn” (“The Security of Wings. A Festschrift for Gösta Rehn”), Universitetsförlaget, 1989

“Drivkrafter och omvandlingstryck för höjd produktivitet” (“Driving Forces and Transformation Pressure for increased Productivity”), Ekonomisk Debatt 1/92

“Transformation Pressure and Driving-Forces for Growth: A Dahménian Perspective”, S-E-Banken Quarterly Rewiew 2/92

“Sveriges tillväxtproblem” (“Sweden’s Growth Problems”) in Södersten (ed): “Marknad och politik. Strukturer och problem i svensk ekonomi” (“Markets and Politics. Structures and Problems in the Swedish Economy”, Third Edition), Universitetsförlaget 1994, fourth edition SNS 1997

“Realränta, riskpremie och inflationsförväntningar i Sverige” (“Real Rates of Interest, Risk Premia and Inflationary Expectations in Sweden”), Ekonomisk Debatt 3/95

“Gör bankekonomer någon nytta?” (“What do Bank Economists Actually Do?”) in Jonung (ed): “Ekonomerna i debatten – gör de någon nytta?” (“Economists in Public Debate – Do They Do Any Good?”), Ekerlids förlag, 1996

“Från Mullsjö till Mumbai – ekonomiskt-politiskt handlingsutrymme i den globala ekonomin” (“From Mullsjö to Mumbai – Economic-Political Alternatives in The Global Economy”) in Sohlman & Viotti (ed): “Vem styr – politikerna eller marknaden?” (“Who rules – Politicians or Markets?”), Ekerlids förlag, 1997

“Globala kapitalrörelser” (“Global capital flows”), in “Välfärd, politik och ekonomi i en ny värld. 14 inlägg om globaliseringen” (“Welfare, Politics and Economics in a New World. 14 essays on globalisation”, Arbetarrörelsens Ekonomiska Råd, Hjalmarson & Högberg. 1999

“Svensk ekonomisk tillväxt: Rekordår, stagnation – ny tillväxt?” (“Swedish Economic Growth: Record Years, Stagnation – New Growth?”), in Bo Södersten (ed): “Marknad & Politik, 5e upplagan” (“Markets & Politics, 5th ed”) , SNS Förlag 2000

“Ny ekonomi – nya finansmarknader” (“New Economy – New Financial Markets”),  with Anders Borg, Ekonomisk Debatt 6/2000

“Gösta Rehn and the Swedish Model: Did We Follow the Rehn-Meidner Model Too Little Rather Than Too Much?” in Henry Milner och Eskil Wadensjö (ed): “Gösta Rehn, the Swedish Model and Labour Market Policies”, Ashgate 2001

“Euro bättre än rörlig krona” (“Euro Preferable to Floating Krona”), in Ulf Jakobsson (ed): “Därför euron: Tio ekonomer om den gemensamma valutan” (“Why Euro? Ten Economists on the Single Currency”, Ekerlids förlag 2003

“Lär av inflationsmålet!” (“Learn from Inflation Targeting!”) in Lars Jonung (ed): “På jakt efter ett nytt ankare. Från fast kronkurs till inflationsmål” (“In Search of a New Anchor. From Fixed Currency to Inflation Targeting”), SNS Förlag 2003.

“Svensk ekonomisk tillväxt efter 1970?” (“Swedish Economic Growth Since 1970″), in Södersten-Söderström (ed): “Marknad & Politik, 6e upplagan” (“Markets & Politics, 6th ed”) , SNS Förlag 2004

“Stagnation, kris, uppsving – stora kast i svensk ekonomi” (“Stagnation, Crisis, Upswing – Wide Swings in the Swedish Economy”), in Hultkrantz-Söderström (ed): “Marknad & Politik, 7e upplagan” (“Markets & Politics, 7th ed”) , SNS Förlag 2007

“Finanskrisen i teori och praktik” (“The Financial Crisis in Theory and Practice”), Inaugural lecture, University of Lund, 2009

“Going Clean – The Economics of China’s Low-carbon Development” (as member of the Editorial board), Stockholm Environment Institute, 2009

“Ekonomporträtt: Erik Dahmén”, (“Portrait: Erik Dahmén”), Ekonomisk Debatt, 6/2010

“Grön kapitalism” (“Green Capitalism”), Wibbleföreläsning, Ohlininstitutet 2011

“Utmaningar för penningpolitiken i ljuset av den finansiella krisen” (“Challenges for Monetary Policy after the Financial Crisis”), Ekonomisk Debatt, 6/2013

“Dang Zhongguo Tungzhi Shijie De Shihou” (“When China Rules the World”), in “Zhongguo Weilai Sanshi Nian” (“China in the Next 30 Years”),
Central Compilation & Translation Press, Beijing 2013, pages 50-65

“Finanskriserna: Orsaker och lärdomar” (“Financial crises: Causes and lessons”) in  Carl Uggla (ed): “Till minne av Jacob Palmstierna – en antologi” (“Jacob Palmstierna in Memoriam – an Anthology”), Ekerlids Förlag, 2014

“Green Finance Reform and Green Transformation”, (as member of a CCICED Task force), China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, Beijing, 2015

“Lön utan arbete? Arbetstider och arbetets värde” (“Salary Without Work? Working Hours and the Value of Labour”), As Chairman of the Government’s Committee for analysis of the labour market of the future, February 10, 2016

“Arbetet i framtiden” (“The Future of Work”), Final report of the Government’s Committee for analysis of the labour market of the future, April 11, 2016

“En helhetspolitik mot bokrisen” (“A Comprehensive Political Strategy Against the Housing Crisis)”, Ekonomisk Debatt 4/2016

“Kanslihushögern – barn av sin tid” (The MoF right-wingers – children of the zeitgeist”) in Marika Lindgren Åsbrink (ed): “Kanslihushögern: Frälsare eller dödgrävare?” (“The MoF right-wingers: Saviours or Grave-diggers?”), Tiden 2019

“Stiftelserna ett kvartssekel. En hisnande resa från löntagarfonder till forskningspengar”, (“The research foundations – a rollercoaster journey from wage earners funds to research funding”), Östersjöstiftelsen, KK-stiftelsen, STINT, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Mistra, SSF, October 2019, 32 pages

 

c) Other works:

Over 1000 published articles and columns in Swedish journals and newspapers. Columnist in Affärsvärlden, Aktuellt i Politiken, Svenska Dagbladet, Privata Affärer, Fokus
Also, a great number of non-public market newsletters and analyses for SEB’s clients, as well as – previously – internal memos and speeches during my years in government.

A political thriller, called “Läckan” (“Leaks”), Tidens Förlag 1990, later made into a TV series, broadcast in 1994.

A complete bibliography can be found on www.klaseklund.se