Covid-19 effects on the economy in the Nordics: Nordic Economic Policy Review 2022

What effects has Covid had on the macroeconomic policies and the labour market? Are they different for men and women? What are the effects of school closings and online teaching? These are some of the issues that will be presented and discussed during the next peer-review conference of the Nordic Economic Policy Review.

The conference will take place at the Nordic House in Reykjavik on the 27th of October and we welcome you to join us either in person or online.


08:55 – 9:00 Opening remarks

09:00 – 10:15 Macroeconomic policies and labour market effects

Presentation: Werner Eichhorst, professor, Institute of Labor Economics – IZA, Berlin

Discussion: Ragnar Arnason, professor, Department of Economics, University of Iceland

Mads Kieler, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance (Denmark)

10:15-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00 Effects of school closings and online teaching

Presentation: Caroline Hall, Ph.D., Institute for evaluation of labour market and education policy, IFAU (Sweden)

Discussion: Hjördís Hardardottir, Ph.D., Department of Economics, University of Iceland

Hanna Virtanen, Chief Research Scientist, ETLA Economic Research (Finland)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:15 Cost-benefit analysis of Covid-19 policies

Presentation: Lars Hultkrantz, professor emeritus, Örebro University

Discussion: Ulf Persson, professor, The Swedish Institute for Health Economics, Lund University

Tuulia Hakola, Research Director, Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority

14:15 – 15:30 Labour market effects for men vs. women

Presentation: Kristina Huttunen, research professor, VATT Institute for economic research (Finland)

Discussion: Helena Svaleryd, professor, Department of Economics, Uppsala University


15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:15 Policies and effects on Icelandic tourism

Presentation: Gylfi Zoega, professor, Department of Economics, University of Iceland

Discussion: Svend E. Hougaard Jensen, professor, Department of Economics, CBS

Gylfi Magnússon, professor, Department of Economics, University of Iceland


Time allocation for each paper: presenter 30 minutes, discussants 15 minutes each, and general discussion 15 minutes.