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  • Why less self-employment means more entrepreneurship

    Why less self-employment means more entrepreneurship


    A brand new working paper published by Magnus Henrekson and Tino Sanandaji, IFN, is the subjets of a blogpost written by James Pethokoukis on the website of the American Entreprise Institute. The IFN-researchers argue that the overwhelming majority of self-employed individuals are not entrepreneurial in the Schumpeterian sense. "Europe has a higher self-employment rate than the United States and East Asia. At the same time, Europe has a lower entrepreneurship rate than competitor regions. Europe underperforms in entrepreneurship despite having advantages such as a skilled labour force, good infrastructure, large markets and strong performance in technological innovation," Henrekson and Sanandaji assert.

  • "And the Global Award 2014 goes to Shaker Zahra ..."


    Shaker Zahra, Professor at the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota, USA, received on Wednesday the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2014. This Prize is since 1996 awarded annually with a prize sum of EUR 100,000. Shaker Zahra is best known for his work on "the role of corporate entrepreneurship in knowledge creation, absorption, and conversion". In his prize lecture he explained the importance of hubs/informal networks to promote entrepreneurship in existing companies.

  •  Unique tax project completed

    Unique tax project completed


    At a research seminar Michael Stenkula, IFN, presented the last component of the first systematic survey of the Swedish tax system – from 1862 to the present day. He showed how the Swedish tax system and its structure has been subject of transformation and radical changes over the past 150 years. Tax structure and its impact on the economy were, for example, completely different 150 years ago. "1862 you paid one percentage in national income tax. The proportion was gradually increased thereafter and temporary taxes [for example, imposed during the two World Wars] in due time became permanent," explained Michael Stenkula.

  • Profit vs. quality in welfare services?

    Profit vs. quality in welfare services?


    The Social Democrats, the Green Party and the Left Party recently announced an agreement on "welfare without profit motive". A commission will submit proposals on how the revenue can be limited in firms producing publicly financed services, such as health care, education and elderly care. This was the topic of a speech by Ardalan Shekarabi, Minister for Public Administration, at a seminar organized by the SNS. Instead of profit vs non-profit in the welfare sector, he said, we should discuss how to implement "a control system that drives quality". Shekarabis talk was commented by Henrik Jordahl, IFN, Jonas Vlachos, Stockholm University and IFN, Thomas Berglund, Capio, and Lars Henriksson, Stockholm School of Economics.

  • Many participated in 75th anniversary

    Many participated in 75th anniversary


    IFN was founded in 1939 – then named Industrial Institute for Economic and Social Research (IUI). On Monday this vital 75 year old was celebrated. At a seminar three new books about the institute were presented and a short film about IFN was shown for the first time. The event also included a stage discussion on how economic research has developed over the past 75 years. In this dialogue participated current and former researcher: Karolina Ekholm, State Secretary, Magnus Henrekson, Professor and Managing Director IFN, Assar Lindbeck, Professor IFN and Stockholm University, and Birgitta Swedenborg, former VP SNS.

  • Beware of crony capitalism!

    Beware of crony capitalism!


    Luigi Zingales, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, is critical of crony capitalism, where special interests capture political decision-makers and regulators. Rather than creating favorable conditions for markets to flourish, this kind of capitalism entails subsidies, tax breaks and reduced competition which benefit large companies. November 6, Luigi Zingales spoke at a seminar in Stockholm organized by IFN. Christian Bjørnskov, Professor at the University of Aarhus and Magnus Henrekson, Professor and Managing Director of IFN, commented on and discussed the presentation.

  • Researchers on Piketty, taxes and inequality


    In the latest issue of Ekonomisk Debatt (No. 7/2014) several articles by IFN-economists are presented: Magnus Henrekson and Tino Sanandaji writes about how capital taxation on ownership affect corporate activities. Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson writes an editorial about inequality. Assar Lindbeck comments on the research by the French economist Thomas Piketty.

  • Increased resources rarely increase knowledge

    Increased resources rarely increase knowledge


    In this podcast Gabriel Sahlgren, PhD student at London School of Economics and an affiliate of IFN, and Johan Wennström, PhD student at Linköping University and employed at IFN, talks about education in Swedish schools and research in this field. They agree that problems are extensive in the Swedish education system. Both point to the fact that "student-centered teaching methods" may be a partial explanation for the declining results. This kind of education has multiplied since the 1990s.

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Research Fellow

Richard Öhrvall

Research interests: Privatization, corruption, political participation and opinion polls.

One of the questions that Richard Örhvall tries to answer with his research:

  • How equal is different types of political participation and how can we explain inequality in participation?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 2-2014

Sweden proves Piketty "unrealistic and ahistorical"


Capitalism can create prosperity only if there is a clear separation between the market and the political sphere, argues Andreas Bergh in his new book Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).


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.

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. He will receive the award at a ceremony on December 3, in Stockholm.

Making a mark ...

IFN in the arts


A photographic interpretation of IFN has hung on the walls of the institute since May 2014. Karl Gabor is the photographer who successfully conquered the difficult task of portraying IFN's mission and principals in this medium.

The image above, Making a Mark, is a giant fingerprint comprised of hundreds of portraits of researchers and employees at IFN.

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