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About the foundation

Arne Ryde was an exceptionally promising student in the Ph.D program at the Department of Economics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. He was tragically killed in a car accident in 1968 at the age of twenty-three.


The Arne Ryde Foundation was established by his parents, pharmacist Sven Ryde and his wife Valborg, in commemoration of Arne Ryde.

The aim of the Foundation, as given in the deed from 1971, is to foster and promote advanced economic research in cooperation with the Department of Economics at Lund University. The Foundation acts by lending support to conferences, symposia, lecture series, mini-courses seminars and publications, which are initiated by faculty members of the department.

Some of the Foundations activities can be grouped in the following categories:

Arne Ryde Symposia: The first meetings arranged by the Foundation were called symposia and were yearly, relatively ambitious, Conferences on specific themes. Currently, this term is used for major Conferences.

Arne Ryde Memorial Lectures: These are lectures given on a specific topic by a distinguished scholar. The lectures are, as a rule, followed up by the publication of a book based on the lectures, at MIT Press (previously at Oxford University Press).

Arne Ryde Conferences and Workshops: These are meetings concentrating on specific themes, research areas or methods. A workshop usually denotes a smaller meeting than a conference.

Arne Ryde Seminars: The objective of the seminars is to increase the interaction between members of the department and prominent visiting researchers, primarily in Connection with a departmental seminar.

Arne Ryde Mini-Courses: These are Courses usually targeting PhD-students and junior faculty. The Courses are often given in connection with Conferences organized in Lund.

The Foundation is especially proud to have recognized the exellence of some scholars who have received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences after their involvment in the Foundation´s activities. Thus far, this list contains Trygve Haavelmo (activity in 1977, prize in 1989), James Buchanan (1978, 1986), Edmund Phelps (1988, 2006), Thomas Sargent (1992, 2011), Douglass North (1993, 1993), Paul Romer (1995, 2018), Thomas Schelling (1997, 2005), Robert Aumann (1997, 2005), Daniel Kahneman (2000, 2002), Vernon Smith (2000, 2002) and Alvin Roth (2000, 2012).

Please visit Recents Events and Archive to find details about the activities of the Arne Ryde Foundation up till now.
A comprehensive account, in Swedish, of the first thirty years is given in the book  "Arne Rydes Stiftelse  1971-2001", written by the first chairperson of the Foundation, professor Björn Thalberg.

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