More on My Background
I am an adventurous person who enjoys experiencing new cultures, both through traveling and living abroad. Born and raised in Skellefteå, Sweden, I have a past in the Swedish military and have worked on two missions in Kosovo, which was a fascinating experience and where I also picked up some Serbian. I have also worked for the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Kaliningrad, Russia, where I went twice for 16 months in total. With a fascination for new cultures, I like learning new languages.
I knew that economics was my field when I took my first economics class in my second semester at Lund University. I will never forget my Economics 101’s professor’s pedagogic discussions about the trade-offs between beer and sausage consumption. My East European experiences made me particularly interested in understanding the connection between institutions, policies and cultures on the one hand, and economic development and growth on the other. At George Mason University, I found the perfect environment for further exploring these topics as I pursued my Ph.D.
My field of vision expanded dramatically as I entered the world of finance. In my current role in the Dynamic Allocations Strategies team at William Blair, I muse over diverging fortunes of countries we invest in, ponder the connection between monetary policy and markets, work on integrating our valuation work with economic theory and empirics, and much more. Since joining this excellent team in June 2015, I have been happy every day to get to work. I look forward to developing as an economist, investor and thinker in this new world of finance.
George Mason University
International Economic Policy
I have my economics PhD from George Mason University. My research and dissertation explored the entrepreneurial state and the government as an entrepreneurial and commercial actor. I have done research projects on municipal bankruptcy, targeted tax benefits, and tax competition. My dissertation explored the political economy of special economic zones, which is the topic of my book.