Millions from the Kamprad Family Foundation to CEnSE researchers

This year's research grant from the Kamprad Family Foundation has been announced. A total of SEK 164 million have been granted to 34 projects - at about twenty Swedish universities, research institutes and county council regions. The projects are aimed at improving the quality of life for the elderly population. Researchers from CEnSE are involved in two of the projects which have been granted funds.

Project on the quality of life of the elderly during the pandemic

Charlotta Mellander, Professor in economics at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), has, as main applicant, together with Jonna Rickardsson, doctoral candidate in economics at JIBS been granted SEK 3.1 million for the research project "COVID-19 effects on life-quality of Sweden's elderly and the importance of the place of residence”. The project will look at whether people mainly over the age of 70 have felt worse during the corona pandemic than otherwise and whether this differs depending on where in the country they live.

“Our hypothesis is that those who live outside cities, where congestion is not a direct problem, the lifestyle may have been able to continue as before to a greater degree - and that they have thus become less affected by the pandemic. But as I said, it remains to be seen,” says Charlotta Mellander.

Charlotta Mellander

Jonna Rikardsson

Evaluation of minPension’s Withdrawal Planner

Johannes Hagen, Assistant Professor in economics at JIBS, has been granted SEK 2.6 million for the research project "Digitalization of Pension Claiming in Sweden" as main applicant together with Andrea Schneider, Assistant Professor in economics at JIBS, and Amedeus Malisa, doctoral candidate in economics at JIBS. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the pension portal minPension's new tool for pension withdrawals, the so-called Withdrawal Planner. With the tool, future pensioners can compare the effects on their finances of withdrawing their pensions at different times and during different withdrawal periods. They also receive support in the otherwise rather complex process of withdrawing their pensions.

“By analyzing user data from minPension, we want to find out if the tool affects people's withdrawal choices and, in that case, how. The project is based on a close collaboration with minPension and is expected to contribute with valuable knowledge about how the tool can be further developed and an increased understanding of the importance of digital solutions in the pension area,” says Johannes Hagen.

Johannes Hagen

Andrea Schneider

Amadeus Malisa

About the Kamprad Family Foundation

The purpose of the Kamprad Family Foundation is to support, stimulate and reward education and scientific research to promote entrepreneurship, the environment, competence, health and social improvement. It will focus specifically on implementing the results of the research and education to benefit the many people quickly and cost-efficiently.