Disclosure policy for the Swedish House of Finance
effective from March 1, 2015
The Swedish House of Finance is a private and government funded, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The Swedish House of Finance is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community. We expect our affiliated researchers to conduct their affairs in ways that will not compromise their reputations, nor reflect adversely on the integrity of the Swedish House of Finance.
One important aspect of research integrity is attention to the possibility of conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest occurs when an individual’s private interests, and his or her professional obligations to the Swedish House of Finance, diverge in ways that might lead an independent observer to reasonably question whether the individuals’ professional actions or decisions are influenced by considerations of personal financial gain. The existence of such situations implies neither wrong-doing nor inappropriate activity. However, their presence in the research setting can compromise, or be perceived as compromising, the integrity of research findings. For this reason, it is essential that all affiliated researchers understand how to identify such potentially divergent interests, and how their presence should be disclosed and managed.
The following rules apply to the disclosure policy:
All affiliated researchers at the Swedish House of Finance may – but are not required – to produce a personal disclosure that is made available on the Swedish House of Finance website. The activities are labelled in the following categories, for which the following guidelines apply:
Listing of compensated engagements in the last three years involving amounts above SEK 25,000 per annum for the same counterparty, including activities of firms where the individual owns a majority stake:
a) Directorships (and Board engagements)
b) Consulting, speaking engagements, and similar
Significant non-compensated activities
Listing of non-compensated engagements in the last three years that may have importance for how the research is perceived or could be interpreted:
a) Public service
b) Professional service (editorships for journals and elected posts)
It is the responsibility of the individual researcher to keep relevant information for the disclosure updated. The date of the latest revision is printed on the document.