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  • True stock options needed!

    True stock options needed!


    Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy, University of Virginia, held this year's Swedish, Schumpeter Lecture on the subject  "Two Decades of effectuation Research: Implications for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Policy". Professor Magnus Henrekson, IFN commented. "We should prepare people in Sweden better for the kind of entrepreneurship that professor Sarasvathy is talking about," he explained. The panel included…

  • Assar Lindbeck awarded 2017 Global Economy Prize

    Assar Lindbeck awarded 2017 Global Economy Prize


    Assar Lindbeck, IFN and Stockholm University, has been awarded the Global Economy Prize 2017. The prize is awarded by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The Prize Committee consists mostly of former winners of the Global Economy Prize, of which the majority have also been awarded the Nobel Prize. The Global Economy Prize highlights the achievements of "those who view globalization as an opportunity to tap our creative potential. The prize winners recognize that our standard of living can be protected only through free market activity itself."

  • Study on Swedish school achievements

    Study on Swedish school achievements


    On Tuesday, Magnus Henrekson presented a report at the The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. Together with Sebastian Jävervall, PhD student at Uppsala University, he has authored the report "Swedish school achievements are falling – what do we know?" Magnus Henrekson participated via link from Värnamo where the IFN board was visiting a number of businesses. The event and panel discussion at IVA was also attended by State Secretary Erik Nilsson, Per Kornhall, author and educational expert, and Pam Fredman, Chancellor at University of Gothenburg.

    IVA's Chairman Leif Johansson, President of Ericsson and AstraZeneca, opened the seminar.

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  • Swedish politicians are qualified and representative

    Swedish politicians are qualified and representative


  • Researcher at the Göteborg Book Fair

    Researcher at the Göteborg Book Fair


    Richard Öhrvall, IFN and Linköping University, will present his research during this year's Göteborg Book Fair on September 22. Presentations will be made in the Forskartorget and in the Linköping University booth. Who are the voters in elections? Do parents, upbringing, school, and friends affect the likelihood that you will get involved in politics? These are some of the questions Öhrvall will answer.

  • IFN researchers: Multiple errors in Landström's report

    IFN researchers: Multiple errors in Landström's report


    An op-ed by Magnus Henrekson and Henrik Jordahl, IFN, is published in Dagens Industri. The basis for the article is the proposal to limit profit to 8 percent of capital invested in tax financed services, i.e. education, healthcare and so on. Henrekson and Jordahl found several errors with Joachim Landström’s analysis of the matter, explaining that "a reasonable mandate would be to investigate whether a profit control is at all needed in tax financed services (and whether it is consistent with the Swedish Constitution and the European legislation Sweden is subject to)."

  • The idea is the idea of growth

    The idea is the idea of growth


    On Friday, September 2 well-known economist Deirdre McCloskey, professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, opened a seminar entitled "The idea is the idea of growth". Bettina Kashefi, chief economist at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, and Ola Pettersson, chief economist at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, participated in the subsequent panel. Professor McCloskey spoke about her book Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World. She explained how ideas – liberal ideas – are the basis of economic growth.

  • Associate editor at academic journal

    Associate editor at academic journal


    Per Hjertstrand, IFN, has been appointed associate editor of Macroeconomic Dynamics, published by Cambridge Journals. The journal is a renowned specialized periodical in macroeconomics that publishes theoretical, empirical and quantitative research. "As an associate editor, I help decide who will review the texts sent to the journal," explains Hjertstrand. At the next stage, he is also involved in deciding which articles are eventually published.

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Research Fellow

Niclas Berggren

Research interests: Institutional economics and public choice; trust, tolerance and religion; the role of beauty in politics.

Among the questions that Niclas Berggren tries to answer with his research:

  • How do trust, tolerance, religion, etcetera affect the way the economy functions?
  • Is there a relationship between the degree to which an economy is market-oriented and social variables (like trust and tolerance)?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2016


Understanding Entrepreneurship – Definition, Function and Policy

By Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula

Stimulating entrepreneurship is high on policymakers’ agendas. But what should we mean when we talk about entrepreneurship, and why is it so important? Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula analyze these issues in a comprehensive new textbook.

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Sick of Inequality?

An Introduction to the Relationship between Inequality and Health

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In this book Andreas Bergh, Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, and Daniel Waldenström, IFN and Paris School of Economics, France, review the latest research on the relationship between inequality and health. What does inequality mean for our health? Does increasing income inequality affect outcomes such as obesity, life expectancy and subjective well-being?

Global Award

Research on entrepreneurship




The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is the foremost global award for research on entrepreneurship.This Prize is awarded annually with a prize sum of EUR 100,000.

IFN in cooperation with Entreprenörskapsforum and Vinnova are the principals of the award, in cooperation with the donor, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Professor Philippe Aghion, Collège de France, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2016. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 10, 2016, in Stockholm.

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