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The rise of new growth poles and the emergence of new global institutional dynamics are challenging the old divide between the developed and developing world. At the same time as a majority of the world population have experienced improved living standards, there seems to be rising popular discontent with globalization as economic inequalities both between and within nations are rising throughout most of the world.

As many now question whether globalization is compatible with inclusive societies, we must ask what lessons may be drawn from previous waves of globalization. What can be learned from the institutional changes involved in terms of both economic development and the distribution of the effects of globalization on the standards of living and capabilities of people? We must also ask if inclusive institutional strategies such as a renewed role of the welfare state can play an active role in contemporary societies.

Organised in collaboration with the Department of Economic History at Lund University, Sweden, the Sixth WINIR Conference explored these and related issues.

The conference opened on the afternoon of Thursday 19 September 2019 and ended with a dinner on Saturday 21 September.

Keynotes lectures were given by:

Sheilagh Ogilvie (Cambridge University, UK)
Bo Rothstein (Gothenburg University, Sweden)
John J. Wallis (University of Maryland, USA)

162 delegates from 37 countries attended this event.

The conference was organised by:
Tobias Axelsson (, Francesca Gagliardi (, David Gindis (, Geoff Hodgson ( and Bas van Bavel (

Generous support for the WINIR Conference on Institutions for Inclusive Societies was provided by