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  • Researchers debating in Almedalen

    Researchers debating in Almedalen


    A number of researchers from IFN participated in seminars and debates during the the Almedal week. Several of them commented on a range of issues in television: Andreas Bergh was featured in SVT's morning show and discussed the French economist Thomas Pikettys theories. Magnus Henrekson "grilled" Anders Wallner (MP) in SVT and discussed taxes in EFN television. Johanna Rickne gave an economist's view of Fredrik Reinfeldt's televized speech.

  • "We cannot rest on our laurels"


    The Swedish self-image as a future knowledge-driven economy is quite feasible to implement. Though, it requires a number of changes, writes Magnus Henrekson, IFN, in the book Position Sverige – Om innovation, hållbarhet och arbetsmarknad, presented in Almedalen last Tuesday (July 1). He explained that Sweden ranks high in terms of innovations and patents. But we are not good at the next Stephen: Through entrepreneurship and by building businesses translating patents and innovations into high-growth companies. This requires a series of reforms.

  • Full house at seminar in Almedalen

    Full house at seminar in Almedalen


    A report written by Jannis Angelis and Henrik Jordahl, IFN was presented by SNS at a well-attended seminar during the first day of a week of policymaking and debate in Almedalen. The report – Att styra och leda äldreomsorg (Leadership and management in geriatric care) is part of the joint IFN and SNS research project called From welfare state to a welfare society. "Larger [private] firms stand out," explained Henrik Jordahl in Almedalen. These companies are paramount in regards to controlling and managing the production. But, he said, the range is large between and also within all modes of operation: local government, non-profit and for-profit businesses.

  • New book: pro choice and competition in the Brittish education system

    New book: pro choice and competition in the Brittish education system


    Gabriel H. Sahlgren, Director of Research at the Centre for Market Reform of Education and Affiliated to IFN, is editor and co-author of Tests worth teaching to: incentivising quality in qualifications and accountability. Diversity in qualifications and examinations (carried out by examination boards) is a unique feature of the UK.

  • Entrepreneurs generate growth

    Entrepreneurs generate growth


    Entrepreneurship was the theme of a seminar that IFN arranged Tuesday. Besides Magnus Henrekson and Joacim Tåg, IFN, Lena Apler, Chairman Collector, was part of the panel. In an introductory presentation explained Magnus Henrekson that "entrepreneurship is not about small business, but the emergence of new major corporations". Four-fifths of the self-employed have not any employees and small ambitions to grow. Henrekson commented on the economist in vogue Thomas Piketty's theories: "Piketty agree that entrepreneurs are innovative and create value, but believes they are only a few." This does not correspond with reality, he explained.

  • International conference about electricity markets

    International conference about electricity markets


    I have come to find out what others are working on and to get feedback on my own work, said Frank A. Wolak, Stanford University when asked about IFN's annual international research conference held in Vaxholm. On an annual basis a group of international scholars are invited to join researchers from IFN to discuss their own and others' research. The theme of the conference this year (June 12-13) was "The Performance of Electricity Markets." Researchers from eight countries participated in the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

  • Economists give election advice

    Economists give election advice


    "Elections in 2014 – advice by economists" is the theme of a new issue of Ekonomisk Debatt. Seven economists write about a number of hot topics, for example low teacher salaries that could be an explanation for the poor results in Swedish schools. They also give advice in regards to the importance of geographical clusters for business, the need for an ambitious climate policy and a new tax reform. The latter article was written by Åsa Hansson, IFN. Andreas Bergh, IFN, writes on "Difficulties for foreign-born in the Swedish labor market – solutions suggested by the political parties are inadequate."

  • New research on social exclusion

    New research on social exclusion


    Maps of segregation were generated by the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) until 2006, when there were 156 Swedish so called exclusion areas, i.e., neighborhoods characterized by profound socio-economic problems. Now, IFN-researcher Tino Sanandaji, in a report for Den Nya Välfärden, has replicated the FP method and updated the map for 2012. It turns out that the number of exclusion areas has increased to 186. Though, Tino Sanandaji explains that this increase has been slower during the Alliansen government compared to Görans Persson's (Social Democrats) last term in office. Moreover, there are some encouraging signs, including that the number of families receiving income support has dropped slightly in the exclusion areas.

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Research Fellow

Pehr-Johan Norbäck

Research interests: Entrepreneurship, industrial economics, international trade and VC funding.

Among the questions that Pehr-Johan Norbäck tries to answer with his research:

  • How do takeovers by private equity firms affect the restructuring of businesses?
  • How do cross-border mergers influence the restructuring of an industry?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2014

Market power reduces incentives to invest in nuclear power


The debate about nuclear power focuses mostly on safety, environmental costs for nuclear waste and climate benefits due to reduced carbon emissions. A further potentially important aspect is the consequences associated with the concentrated ownership structure of Nordic electricity plants, writes Sven-Olof Fridolfsson in this newsletter.  


SuperEntrepreneurs ...and how your country can get them

Most recent book

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“This report clearly demonstrates that SuperEntrepreneurs as a group has been exceptionally productive from the point of view of the rest of society," Professor Magnus Henrekson writes in a foreword to this book which is co-authored by Tino Sanadaji, IFN, and his brother Nima. They suggest that policy makers recognize that policies which encourage self-employment not necessarily promote entrepreneurship.

Global Award

Research on entrepreneurship




The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research has become firmly established as 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.

Shaker Zahra, Professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2014.


IFN in the news

2014-05-19 Foreign Affairs

“Immigration has meant that Sweden has imported a bunch of social and economic problems that to a degree didn’t exist before,” Tino Sanandaji said in an interview with Foreign Affairs, adding that "for a number of reasons -- a long period of peace, a homogenous population -- Sweden has had a unique combination of welfare, growth, and equality. That idyll is to a certain degree over.”

2014-04-28 The Telegraph

A new book, SuperEntrepreneurs and how your country can get them, authored by Nima and Tino Sanandaji, the latter researcher at IFN, is published by the Centre for Policy Studies. In regards to the book Nima Sanandaji writes in The Telegraph that "entrepreneurship ... is not the same as self-employment, nor should politicians of any party assume that policies that encourage self-employment necessarily promote entrepreneurship". 


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