Ola Olsson
Professor of Economics, University of Gothenburg

Ola Olsson is professor of economics and vice-dean at the School of Business, Economics, and Law at University of Gothenburg in Sweden. His areas of research include long-run development, the resource curse, and the political economy of climate change and conflict. His new book Prehistorical Economics: From African Origins to Early States is due out in 2019.

Written by Ola Olsson

Lemon vendors in Palermo, Sicily, in 1943. Photo by J R Eyerman/LIFE Picture Collection/Getty

Economic history
The big squeeze

Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today

Ola Olsson