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Published: 2023-05-16

Nordeas thesis award, diversity and inclusion

NEWS Nordeas thesis award, diversity and inclusion is awarded to Maike Strube, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE). The thesis entitled Unemployment of Foreign-Born People in Europe: A study of the Beveridge Curve between 2012 and 2021 will be awarded with 15 000 SEK.

It is the second time that the award is given and the purpose of the award is to stimulate and maintain students' interest in how issues in business administration, economics and statistics can be related to diversity and inclusion. The financing of the prize, which is given as a scholarship, has been made possible by the USBEs collaboration with Nordea | BBU Botnia.

Comment from Nordea:

– We are very pleased to have entered into this collaboration with USBE and to give the award this year to a very well-written and interesting thesis that highlights diversity and inclusion.

Comment from the award winner Maike Strube:

– I am very honored to receive this scholarship. Diversity and inclusion deserve more attention within economics. I hope that some students will get inspired to include new perspectives in their studies.

– Thanks to the welcoming atmosphere at the economics department, I felt encouraged to write about something that personally interests me. I want to thank Nordea and USBE for this price and my supervisor Magnus Wikström.

Supervisor: Professor Magnus Wikström, Department of Economics.

Words from the jury

Strube (2022) Unemployment of Foreign-Born People in Europe is the clear winner this year, as it highlights target groups, gender differences and integration policy in the labor market.

This study uses the Beveridge curve to analyze the labor market conditions of migrants in Europe and proves that the matching efficiency improved significantly from 2012 to 2021, especially after the refugee crisis in 2015. However, a higher proportion of foreign-born people in a country is associated with higher unemployment for migrants, which underlines the need for better integration policies on the labor market.

Gender differences were also observed, with female migrants experiencing smaller improvements in matching efficiency. The study emphasizes the importance of working with diversity and inclusion to better support migrant populations, especially female migrants.

The Thesis can be found in DiVA