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  • New study shows that it can pay off to be born later in the year

    New study shows that it can pay off to be born later in the year

    2017-06-22

    Soccer players born in the fall are overrepresented as winner of Guldbollen (awarded to the best male Swedish footballer each year), researchers Per Hjertstrand, Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson, IFN, show in a new study. Using a skill formation model they show that the reason for this is that players born in the fall must work harder as young to be selected for elite educational programs than those born earlier in the year. This means that those born late, but not too late, will thus end up with the highest skill levels as adults. However, those born too late will not make the cut.

  • Prestigious award to Assar Lindbeck

    Prestigious award to Assar Lindbeck

    2017-06-18

    On Sunday Assar Lindbeck, IFN and Stockholm University, received the Global Economy Prize 2017 in the category of economics. The prize is awarded by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The prize committee consists of former winners, most of whom are also Nobel Laureates. In his price lecture, Lindbeck explained that, yes you can make research on economic issues. And he ended on a most optimistic note, pointing out "the possibilities to gradually increase the precision and robustness of economic research –  in particular as a result of important methodological advances in quantitative economic analysis, i.e. econometrics, in recent decades".

  • Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers

    Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers

    2017-06-16

    June 15-16 IFN is organizing an international two-day academic conference: “Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers”. The conference brings together researchers studying how new technology and globalization affect firms' organizational structure and ownership, as well as different labor market outcomes for workers.  Apart from Sweden the participants come from the UK, US, France, Germany, Finland and Norway.

  • Prediction for the future: Freedom of choice will increase

    Prediction for the future: Freedom of choice will increase

    2017-06-09

    On Friday Lovisa Persson, IFN, participated in a seminar in which Vårdföretagarna launched a booklet, Privat Vårdfakta 2017. She proposed that in the future individual's freedom of choice will increase within the respective welfare sector. For example, you will have a choice between meeting the doctor in person or remotely using new technology. What about the general cap on profits in the tax-financed service sector that has been proposed by Illmar Reepalu, the moderator asked. Lovisa Persson explained that, in particular, small businesses would suffer severely if Reepalu’s proposal was implemented.

  • Wolf von Laer received his PhD

    Wolf von Laer received his PhD

    2017-06-07

    Wolf von Laer has received his PhD from King's College London. The title of his disseration is "Patterns of Lawmaking: The Entangled Political Economy of Crises". Wolf von Laer spent two years at IFN, before moving to the US to work with Students For Liberty. He explains that IFN provided a great work environment. During his time in Stockholm von Laer presented parts of this PhD at an IFN Brown Bag seminar. In the disseration he writes that he "particularly want to thank Magnus Henrekson, Niclas Berggren, Niklas Elert and Henrik Horn for their support an feedback on my PhD".

  • European reform for innovation and entrepreneurship needed

    European reform for innovation and entrepreneurship needed

    2017-05-23

    On Tuesday the study Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: An Agenda for Europe was presented in Stockholm. The study is part of Fires, a research program funded by the European Commission. The seminar was jointly organized by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and the European Commission’s Representation in Sweden. In a panel Jeanette Andersson, Angel Investor, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, MEP, Magnus Henrekson, IFN, Håkan Hillefors, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, and Peter Voigt, EU Commission, discussed the European entrepreneurial eco system or the lack thereof.

  • "The world’s most important living economist”

    2017-05-19

    Former US President Bill Clinton has described Hernando de Soto as “the world’s most important living economist.” Mr. de Soto visited Sweden in May 2017 to receive the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. In this pod he takes the listeners into the world where he grew up and tells us why he returned to Peru to start his today renowned think tank the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD). And he explains how property rights can eradicate poverty!

  • De Soto awarded for knowledge about property rights

    De Soto awarded for knowledge about property rights

    2017-05-16

    Hernando de Soto, founder of the think-tank Institute of Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, has been awarded the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. "Five billion people are poor because they are not part of social networks of trust," said Soto when he received the award in Stockholm, Sweden. The award was presented by Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson. During his prize lecture Mr. de Soto showed his passport and credit card to illustrate property rights; how people in developed countries can easily travel and do business, where people in poor countries are only trusted in smaller circles.

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Research interests: International trade, trade and environmental agreements, competition policy, and regulations.

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

  • How should the core provisions in the WTO Agreement be interpreted?
  • How should EU environmental policies be designed?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2017

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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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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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