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  • IFN Stockholm Conference 2017 Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers

    IFN Stockholm Conference 2017 Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers


    “Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers” was the theme of a conference organized by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics, IFN, on June 15-16, 2017. The conference brought together researchers with the objective to shed light on the effects of globalization and new technology. In total, 16 papers were presented.

  • Researcher for a summer

    Researcher for a summer


    I have worked in corporate before but I like this better, said Rachael Ahn about working as a research assistant at IFN during the summer. ”The work here has been challenging but not stressful. In corporate it is the other way around”. Joel Gunnarsson agreed. He applied for the summer job at IFN as a way of finding out what it is like to be a researcher. And what is his conclusion? “I will possibly be a researcher”, he said.

  • Equal rights for a minority doesn't affect general life satisfaction

    Equal rights for a minority doesn't affect general life satisfaction


    The researchers find in this study that legal recognition of partnership, marriage and adoption rights, as well as an equal age of consent, relate positively to general life satisfaction. Consequently, same-sex marriage and similar reforms come at no “welfare” cost to society at large – if anything, the opposite appears to hold. They further build on previous research showing positive effects of economic freedom on happiness and on tolerance towards gay people and interact our rights measure with economic freedom. This reveals that the positive effect on general happiness of equal rights mainly appears in countries with low economic freedom. This likely follows because minority rights are perceived to indicate openness to much-desired reforms in other areas.

  • Private primary care centres show higher management quality

    Private primary care centres show higher management quality


    Using the World Management Survey method the researchers analyse management quality in Swedish primary care centres. On average private providers have higher management quality than public ones. Centres with a high overall social deprivation among enrolled patients tend to have higher management quality. Regarding quality of care  the researchers find that management quality is positively associated with accessibility, but not with patient reported experience.


  • Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurship "deficit” in Europe


    A new study shows that Western Europe is underperforming in all four measures of high-impact Schumpeterian entrepreneurship relative to the U.S. In addition, once the researchers account for Europe’s strong performance in technological innovation, an “entrepreneurship deficit” relative to China and East Asia becomes apparent. This underperformance is missed by most standard measures. China is found to perform surprisingly well in Schumpeterian entrepreneurship, especially compared to Eastern Europe.

  • Gender Discrimination at the Top

    Gender Discrimination at the Top


    In an study Fredrik Heyman, Pehr-Johan Norbäcka and Lars Persson show that increased product market competition can reduce discrimination against female managers. Due to the glass ceiling effect, female managers will, on average, be more skilled than male managers. Using detailed matched employee-employer data, the researchers find that:

    • more intense competition leads to relatively higher wages for female managers 

    • the share of female managers is higher in firms in more competitive industries

  • Funding for a new study: How to succeed in life

    Funding for a new study: How to succeed in life


    Daniel Waldenström, IFN, is part of a group of international researchers that have received funding from Norface, New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe, a collaborative partnership of national research funding agencies from 19 European countries. In the project ”Impact of childhood circumstances on individual outcomes over the life-course” the researchers will study what conditions are needed for a person to succeed in life. The question is the significance of family background and the policy's approach to creating equal opportunities, and how this affects the results.

  • New books show the breadth of Economics

    New books show the breadth of Economics


    In the latest newsletter from IFN  two new books are presented: Kunskapssynen och pedagogiken – varför skolan slutade leverera och hur det kan åtgärdas (The notion of knowledge and education – Why the Swedish school ceased to deliver and how it can be restored; Dialogos) by Inger Enkvist, Magnus Henrekson (IFN), Martin Ingvar and Ingrid Wållgren. In the book, the authors reason about the fact that today's educational theories undermine knowledge. The second book is an anthology: Nationalekonomins frågor  (The issues of economics; Studentlitteratur) by, among others, IFN researchers Magnus Henrekson, Henrik Jordahl, Mikael Stenkula, Karin Edmark, Mikael Elinder, Johanna Möllerström, Maria Persson and Johanna Rickne. This is a new type of textbook designed to show the width of Economics.

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Research Fellow

Henrik Jordahl

Research interests: Publicly funded services, privatization, and voting behavior.

Among the questions that Henrik Jordahl tries to answer with his research:

  • Why are publicly funded services sometimes contracted out to private providers and sometimes produced in-house by public sector employees?
  • How does the choice between public and private production influence costs and quality of publicly funded services?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2017


Virtues and Vices of International Investment Agreements

State-to-state investment treaties such as TTIP and CETA have recently come under intense fire in the policy debate. Their vague formulations and highly potent compensation mechanisms are alleged to prevent host countries from pursuing legitimate public policy goals. An ongoing IFN project scrutinizes the economics and politics of investment agreements – and explains why some of the popular criticism seems to be warranted.

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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.

Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 15, 2016, in Stockholm.

An Agenda for Europe

Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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The authors of this book, Niklas Elert, Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula, advise the economies of the European Union to become more entrepreneurial in promoting innovation and economic growth. The authors propose a reform strategy with respect to several aspects to achieve this goal.

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