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Foredrag: Andrés Rodriguez Pose: Alone and Lonely – The economic consequences of solitude at a regional level in Europe.

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What is the economic impact of solitude? 

Solitude is a rising phenomenon in the western world. The number of people affected by solitude has been rising for some time now, and the Covid-19 pandemic has brought this trend to the fore. Distinguishing between being alone and being lonely has important implications for not just individual wellbeing but also for collective economic performance. But what are the economic consequences of the rise in solitude?

In a new project Andrés Rodriguez-Pose (LSE) and Chiara Burlina (University of Padua) are distinguishing between being alone (e.g. living in single person households) and lonely (having low levels of social interaction) and how this affects the economic performance of the regions of Europe. They discover that the rise in solitude across Europe has mixed connections to economic performance. Whereas high shares of the population living alone are drivers of economic growth, that is not the case for being lonely (as well as for having very frequent interactions with other people).

We are honored to welcome world renowned professor of economic geography Andrés Rodriguez-Pose back to this years KÅKÅ|nomics, where he amongst other talks will give this speech about the economic impact of solitude.


Moderator: Silje Haus-Reve, Associate Professor of Innovation and Regional Studies at University of Stavanger Business School.


Participants:

-       Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography at The London School of Economics and Political Science, and also visiting Professor at Center for Innovation Research University of Stavanger.

-       Silje Haus-Reve, Associate Professor of Innovation and Regional Studies at University of Stavanger Business School.


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