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  • Optimum transparency – a dream or reality?

    Optimum transparency – a dream or reality?


    Transparency and the difference between accurate and more information in corporate communications, was the subject of a half-day conference organized by the FAR, IFN, Nasdaq and Transparency International Sweden. Professor Sidney Grey, co-author of the book Oxford Handbook of Economic and Institutional Transparency, was a speaker at the event. In the final panel discussion, the participants agreed that the current scope of corporate information should not increase but should focus more on societal development.

  • Modern school policy did not create the Finnish miracle


    On Wednesday a new book Real Finnish Lessons: The True Story of An Education superpower authored by Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, an affiliate of IFN, was launched by the Centre for Policy Studies, London. In the book Heller Sahlgren shows that it is primarily socio-economic and historical factors that gave rise to the results in Finnish schools, for example the PISA surveys. The most important lessons for Sweden and other countries, he says, are in the fields of educational culture and teaching methods.

  • Research on Entrepreneurship Rewarded with 100.000 Euros

    Research on Entrepreneurship Rewarded with 100.000 Euros


    The 2015 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is awarded to Professor Sidney Winter, Deloitte and Touche Professor Emeritus of Management at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Global Award is the leading international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize amount of 100 000 Euros. Professor Winter is awarded for his profound understanding of dynamic competition, how a company's ability to assimilate innovations creates various technological opportunities and the mechanisms driving competence building in firms. The Global Award is presented by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and IFN.

  • Round table conference on energy

    Round table conference on energy

    2015-04 13

    On Monday the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) organized a roundtable discussion about energy in cooperation with the German CESifo . The starting point was the EEAG Report 2015,  chapter 2 with the title "The European Energy Conundrum: Power Failure". Professor John Driffill, Birkbeck College at the University of London, one of the report's authors, initiated the discussion. Among the almost 25 participants were Catherine Areskoug Mascarenhas, head of the European Commission Representation in Sweden, Martina Högberg, Deputy Director, Ministry of the Environment and Energy, and Mats Persson, Vice President Trading, Fortum.

  • Lars Calmfors new affiliated researcher

    Lars Calmfors new affiliated researcher


    Professor Lars Calmfors has been appointed to head a new independent labor market council, (arbetsmarknadsekonomiskt råd, AER), which has been formed on the initiative of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. The Council will make assessments of the labor market and annually present a report on the subject. AER will have three additional members, one of whom is Per Skedinger, IFN. The other is Ann-Sofie Kolm, Stockholm University and Tuomas Pekkarinen VATT and University of Helsinki.

    As of April 1st, Lars Calmfors, professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, is affiliated researcher at IFN. Calmfors has held numerous public and academic assignments, including as chairman of the Swedish Financial Policy Council.

  • New book about the need to reform higher education

    New book about the need to reform higher education


    In a new book – Universitetsreform! – så kan vi rädda och lyfta den högre utbildningen (University Reform! How to Save and Boost Higher Education) – six professors and authors, among other things, highlight the fact that the perception of study discipline and knowledge has changed in recent decades. This book presents several concrete reform proposals. The authors suggest, for example, that grades should be set by external examiners, and that the grading system should be standardized across the country. ”We need a system through which universities can be ranked and institutions of higher education can be compared,” said Patrik Engellau, Den Nya Välfärden, when he opened the seminar.

  • Well-attended seminar on ownership assessment in the welfare sector

    Well-attended seminar on ownership assessment in the welfare sector


    Private companies should be tested and then given permission to start operations in the welfare sector, explained the special investigator Christina Eriksson Stephanson when she presented the Ownership Assessment Inquiry's (ägarprövningsutredningen) results. Stephanson presented her conclusions at a seminar organized by the SNS as part of IFN and SNS’ joint research program, From Welfare State to a Welfare Society. Patrik Attemark, CEO Solhagagruppen, Johan Fredriksson, president and CEO Praktikertjänst and Ulla Hamilton, acting CEO National Association of Independent Schools also participated in the ensuing discussion.

  • IFN researchers awarded the Myrdal Prize 2014

    IFN researchers awarded the Myrdal Prize 2014


    Olle Folke, Columbia University and IFN affiliate, Torsten Persson, Stockholm University, and Johanna Rickne, IFN, have been awarded the Myrdal Prize 2014 (in memory of Professor Gunnar Myrdal), for their article "Personröster och politisk makt” (Preference voting and political power) published in Ekonomisk Debatt No. 1, 2014.

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Research Fellow

Fredrik Heyman

Research interests: Empirical labor economics and international economics.

Among the questions that Fredrik Heyman tries to answer with his research:

  • How is employment and wages affected by globalization?
  • How do mergers and acquisitions influence employees and companies?
  • What are the effects of foreign direct investments and multinational companies’ presence in Sweden on the Swedish labor market?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2015

Private equity: transformation or tax evasion?

By Martin Olsson and Joacim Tåg

Recent IFN research reveals that short-termist behavior is not widespread among private equity firms, and that tax evasion is not what really generates returns for investors. In addition, the researchers have found that routine and off-shoreable jobs, or jobs that have survived thanks to aggressive labour unions, are prime targets for layoffs after buyouts.

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The Oxford Handbook of Economic and Institutional Transparency

Most recent book


Edited by Lars Oxelheim, IFN and Lund University and Jens Forssbaeck.

The publication is divided into three broad themes. The first section addresses transparency in different areas of economic policy. The second covers institutional transparency and explores the role of transparency in market integration and regulation. The third focuses on corporate transparency.

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.

Professor Sidney Winter, Professor at University of Pennsylvania, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2015. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 20, in Stockholm.


IFN in the news

2015-04-21 Brisbane Business News

Brisbane Business News writes about "a 'brain drain' afflicting the Australian economy, and while inroads have been made with our startup ecosystem, StartupAUS says the government still has a lot to answer for". The site refers to research by IFN showing that small business is worlds apart from startups.


2015-04-15 The Times

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, affiliated to IFN, writes in an op-ed in the Times about the report Real Finnish Lessons He argues that In the wake of the slipping Finnish school performance "the only relevant policy lesson appears to be the danger of throwing out authority in schools and especially the wholesale implementation of pupil-led instruction, today embraced worldwide".

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