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Lönnborg, Mikael
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Olsson, M., Nakamura, R. & Lönnborg, M. (2017). Building the Baltic Sea Region through investment and trade, 1989-2009. Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Building the Baltic Sea Region through investment and trade, 1989-2009
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Some twenty years after the fall of the communist dictatorships that divided the European continent the European Union in late 2009 adopted its first ever macroregional strategy – the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The strategy was a symbolic second milestone with regard to the political endeavours to reintegrate the continent; the first being the 2004 enlargement. Having transformed the Baltic Sea from a Mare Dividum to a European Mare Nostrum is indeed also a sign of the success of such integrative political processes. However, at the same time the perceived need for a specific strategy in order to further and deepen the integration and reduce the economic gaps within the European Union gives an indication that there is more to be wished for with regard to this region.

It has been suggested that regionalism is defined “as an economic process whereby economic flows grow more rapidly among a given group of states [in the same region] than between these states and those located elsewhere”. In this paper we thus approach the economic underpinnings for the Baltic Sea Region by analysing the developments with regard to investment and trade flows during the last twenty years.

We ask ourselves whether these developments are in congruence with the notion of the building of one integrated region and whether it makes economic sense to talk about a Baltic Sea Region? For example, to what extent have the developments with regard to foreign direct investments proved sustainable? What sectors are leading the way and which are lagging? What divisions remain to be tackled? These are some of the questions that this paper attempts to address based upon a thorough analysis of the existing sources with regard to trade and investment flows.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2017. p. 53
Series
PESO Working Papers ; 2017:1
Keyword
Economic integration, region building, Baltic Sea Region; trade flows, foreign direct investment, European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, economic transition
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32022 (URN)
Available from: 2017-03-10 Created: 2017-03-10 Last updated: 2017-06-27Bibliographically approved
Box, M., Lönnborg, M. & Rytkönen, P. (2017). From the Baltic rim to growth markets: Contextual issues and market strategies of dairy companies in the Baltic rim – the case of Arla. In: : . Paper presented at 21th Annual European Business History Association (EBHA), 24-27 August, Vienna, Austria.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From the Baltic rim to growth markets: Contextual issues and market strategies of dairy companies in the Baltic rim – the case of Arla
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33534 (URN)
Conference
21th Annual European Business History Association (EBHA), 24-27 August, Vienna, Austria
Projects
A Contemporary Business History of the Dairy Industry – Processes of En-trepreneurship, Strategy and Internationalization in the Baltic Sea Region, 1989-2018
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2996/3.1.1/2016
Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-03 Last updated: 2017-10-05Bibliographically approved
Larsson, M. & Lönnborg, M. (2017). Swedish Life Reinsurance and Risk Management. In: André Straus & Leonardo Caruana de las Cagigas (Ed.), Highlights on Reinsurance History: (pp. 93-112). Bruxelles: Peter Lang Publishing Group
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish Life Reinsurance and Risk Management
2017 (English)In: Highlights on Reinsurance History / [ed] André Straus & Leonardo Caruana de las Cagigas, Bruxelles: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, p. 93-112Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bruxelles: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017
Series
International Issues, ISSN 2030-3688 ; 42
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33392 (URN)978-2-8076-0288-5 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European StudiesThe Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation
Available from: 2017-09-14 Created: 2017-09-14 Last updated: 2017-10-06Bibliographically approved
Lönnborg, M. & Rafferty, M. (2017). The Rationality and Effects of Lender of Last Resort Policy in Scandinavia. In: : . Paper presented at 42nd Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference, Oklahoma City, USA, may 25-27, 2017..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Rationality and Effects of Lender of Last Resort Policy in Scandinavia
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32763 (URN)
Conference
42nd Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference, Oklahoma City, USA, may 25-27, 2017.
Projects
The Long Arch of
Available from: 2017-06-12 Created: 2017-06-12 Last updated: 2017-06-13Bibliographically approved
Lönnborg, M. & Olsson, M. (2017). The rise and fall of the Baltic Sea Region?: The economic and political underpinnings of a northern European macroregion, 1990-2015. In: : . Paper presented at 42nd Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference, Oklahoma City, USA, May 25-27, 2017..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The rise and fall of the Baltic Sea Region?: The economic and political underpinnings of a northern European macroregion, 1990-2015
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It has been suggested that regionalism is defined “as an economic process whereby economic flows grow more rapidly among a given group of states [in the same region] than between these states and those located elsewhere”. In this paper we approach the economic underpinnings for the Baltic Sea Region by analysing the developments with regard to trade and investment in the quarter of a century that has passed since the fall of the communist regimes that divided the European continent At the same time we look into the political developments that brought the 2009 adoption of the European Union’s first macroregional strategy, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The strategy was a symbolic second milestone with regard to the political endeavours to reintegrate the continent; the first being the 2004 enlargement. Having transformed the Baltic Sea from a ‘Mare Dividum’ to a European ‘Mare Nostrum’ was indeed also a sign of the success of such integrative political processes.

However, it may also be argued that the perceived need for a specific strategy in order to further and deepen the integration and reduce the economic gaps within the European Union gives an indication that there was more to be wished for with regard to this region. Further, more recent political developments in Europe as such as well as the constituent countries of this macroregion has cast some doubts on the future. In this paper we ask ourselves whether developments with regard to investments and trade are in congruence with the notion of the building of one integrated region; does it make economic sense to talk about a Baltic Sea Region or is the eastwest divide still present? For example, to what extent have the developments with regard to foreign direct investments proved sustainable? What sectors are leading the way and which are lagging? What divisions remain to be tackled? These are some of the questions that this paper attempts to address based upon a thorough analysis of the existing sources with regard to foreign direct investment and trade flows. In addition, in a concluding section, we open up an analysis on whether recent political development risk nullifying the progress made on the economic arena – or whether Brexit and connected developments are actually reinforcing the European macroregional agenda?

National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32764 (URN)1303/42/2009 (Local ID)1303/42/2009 (Archive number)1303/42/2009 (OAI)
Conference
42nd Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference, Oklahoma City, USA, May 25-27, 2017.
Projects
Markets & Regions: a project on region building and the long term sustainability and potential integrative effects of capital mobility and investment in the Baltic Sea Region
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2017-06-12 Created: 2017-06-12 Last updated: 2018-01-23Bibliographically approved
Larsson, M. & Lönnborg, M. (2017). The Swedish insurance distribution system, different ownership forms and cartels. In: : . Paper presented at XII Congreso de la AEHE (Spanish Economic History Congress), Salamanca, Spain, 6-9 September 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Swedish insurance distribution system, different ownership forms and cartels
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish insurance companies developed – in line with other Scandinavian

countries – an unique kind of distribution system for selling insurance products. The

origin of the Swedish insurance market was built on inspiration from in particular from

United Kingdom and Germany when the first joint-stock company Skandia was founded

in the 1850s. Swedish insurers copied among other things, insurance contracts,

premium calculation schemes and organising agent networks. In line with these

corporations, each insurance company established regionally based networks of agents

with a general agent and a large number of subordinated agents. However, in the

Scandinavian setting, the emergency of independent brokers was haltered by an

interesting dilemma. Early on, agents used something called ‘returned commission’

where they offered potential customers to get a portion of the agents’s commission. This

often led to that customers signed life insurance contracts with higher insurance sums

and after some time the could not keep on paying the premium and had to cancel the

contract. Due to the social element of life insurance, and the existence of so-called

returned commission, cancelled contracts could jeopardize the legitimacy of the entire

market. The only measure – according to the trade organizations – to control the agents

was to keep the system with that each insurers had their own employed agents. Thereby,

the emergency of independent brokers did not developed on the Swedish insurance

market.

In this paper we will follow the distribution system for the insurance industry during

the 19th and 20th centuries until today and describe how the system was relative stable

until the 1980s through legislation but also supported by formal cartelization and

gentlemen’s agreement on the market. In particular one cartel agreement, that was

implemented in the 1910s that focused on the agent system that changed repeatedly

until the 1980s – and fundament of the entire distribution system – will be discussed.

The paper will focus on the major changes that occurred from the 1980s and onwards,

in particular in connection of the accession to the European Union in the 1990s that

entirely changed the distribution system on the market.

National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33536 (URN)
Conference
XII Congreso de la AEHE (Spanish Economic History Congress), Salamanca, Spain, 6-9 September 2017
Projects
Ömsesidighet i den svenska försäkringsmodellen
Funder
Länsförsäkringar AB, Samfinansierat av Folksams forskningsstiftelse och Skandias forskningsstiftelse
Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-03 Last updated: 2017-10-04Bibliographically approved
Olsson, M. & Lönnborg, M. (2017). Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in the Baltic Sea Region, 1990-2015: Lessons from attempts at regional integration in post-communist Europe. In: : . Paper presented at Tolfte ekonomisk-historiska mötet, Stockholm, 12-14 oktober 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in the Baltic Sea Region, 1990-2015: Lessons from attempts at regional integration in post-communist Europe
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34228 (URN)
Conference
Tolfte ekonomisk-historiska mötet, Stockholm, 12-14 oktober 2017
Projects
Markets & Regions: a project on region building and the long term sustainability and potential integrative effects of capital mobility and investment in the Baltic Sea Region
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2018-01-16 Created: 2018-01-16 Last updated: 2018-01-30Bibliographically approved
Larsson, M. & Lönnborg, M. (2017). Är svensk ömsesidig försäkring unik?. Nordisk Försäkringstidskrift (2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Är svensk ömsesidig försäkring unik?
2017 (Swedish)In: Nordisk Försäkringstidskrift, ISSN 0348-6516, E-ISSN 2001-1741, no 2Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2017
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32746 (URN)
Available from: 2017-06-09 Created: 2017-06-09 Last updated: 2017-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lönnborg, M. (2016). An Innovator and an Entrepreneur: Carl Gustaf von Koch and the Introduction of Modern Risk Management in Sweden. In: Proceedings of the International Sessions of the 52nd Japanese Business History Society of Japan (BHSJ), Chuo University, Japan, 8-9 October, 2016: . Paper presented at 52nd Japanese Business History Conference, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, 8-9 October 2016 (pp. 135-152).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Innovator and an Entrepreneur: Carl Gustaf von Koch and the Introduction of Modern Risk Management in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the International Sessions of the 52nd Japanese Business History Society of Japan (BHSJ), Chuo University, Japan, 8-9 October, 2016, 2016, p. 135-152Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30966 (URN)
Conference
52nd Japanese Business History Conference, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, 8-9 October 2016
Available from: 2016-10-09 Created: 2016-10-09 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved
Larsson, M. & Lönnborg, M. (2016). Kundägda svenska försäkringsbolag: Ett framgångsrecept? (1ed.). In: Harald Espeli og Finn Erhard Johannessen (Ed.), Historikere i oppdrag: Festskrift til Trond Bergh, Sverre Knutsen og Lars Thue i anledning 70-årsdagene i 2015 og 2016 (pp. 117-140). Oslo: Novus Forlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kundägda svenska försäkringsbolag: Ett framgångsrecept?
2016 (Swedish)In: Historikere i oppdrag: Festskrift til Trond Bergh, Sverre Knutsen og Lars Thue i anledning 70-årsdagene i 2015 og 2016 / [ed] Harald Espeli og Finn Erhard Johannessen, Oslo: Novus Forlag, 2016, 1, p. 117-140Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Novus Forlag, 2016 Edition: 1
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30876 (URN)978-82-7099-858-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-09-16 Last updated: 2016-10-31Bibliographically approved
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