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  •  Immigration & job opportunities

    Immigration & job opportunities


    The former Swedish Government launched Etableringsreformen, stipulating that refugees be placed in municipalities where there are job opportunities. Özge Öner and Johan Wennström, IFN, have analyzed where new arrivals are placed and find that it is in municipalities with a declining population and high unemployment – in other words where the conditions for job growth is weak. These findings and more are discussed in a podcast.

  • IFN researcher associated with EPRG

    IFN researcher associated with EPRG


    Thomas Tangerås, Associate Professor and Director of IFN’s research program Economics of Electricity Markets has been appointed Associated Researcher at The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), University of Cambridge. EPRG is considered one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of energy markets. Dr. Tangerås is the second IFN researcher to become affiliated to EPRG. Pär Holmberg was the first.

  • International conference on informal institutions

    International conference on informal institutions


    On 11–12 June, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) organized the IFN Stockholm Conference, a two-day conference in Vaxholm, outside Stockholm, with researchers from Sweden, Austria, Denmark, the United States, the Czech Republic, Italy, France and Great Britain. The theme of the conference was “Culture, Institutions and Development”. The researchers, from various perspectives, discussed how informal institutions and culture is of importance to the economic development.

  • New podcast: A tribute to the entrepreneur

    New podcast: A tribute to the entrepreneur


    The 2015 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research was awarded to Professor Emeritus Sidney G. Winter, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, at a ceremony in Stockholm on May 20. Prior to the ceremony Sidney Winter sat down with IFN-podcasts and answered questions about his research and what enticed him to go into research about entrepreneurship.

  • New podcast: GDP is not enough


    Listen when Professor Diane Coyle argues that we need new ways to measure the economy. In a new podcast she, an internationally renowned scholar in the debate on how we best define and measure national economies, traces the history of GDP and tells us why this measurement is increasingly inappropriate for a twenty-first-century economy. The lecture was given in Stockholm on May 7, 2015.

  • IFN part of extensive European project

    IFN part of extensive European project


    IFN is part of the brand-new European project Financial and Institutional Reforms for the Entrepreneurial Society (FIRES). The researchers' task is to – based on solid research – propose policies that can make Europe more entrepreneurial. The project involves nine research institutions in as many countries – IFN is one and London School of Economics is another. The project is funded by a grant of roughly SEK 25 million from the European Commission. FIRES will be launched at a kick-off in Berlin in early September.

  • Global Award in the spirit of Schumpeter

    Global Award in the spirit of Schumpeter


    The 2015 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research has been awarded to Professor Emeritus Sidney G. Winter, The Wharton School, and University of Pennsylvania. At the ceremony in Stockholm Winter received 100,000 euros and a sculpture by Carl Milles. Among other things, he was awarded the prize for his studies of how technological change within companies influence renewal. In his lecture he explained how progress involves long series of changes and improvements to products and processes – all based on previous experience.

  • GDP has flaws, and needs to be modernized

    GDP has flaws, and needs to be modernized


    GDP is problematic as a measure of growth, but this does not mean that GDP is useless, explained Professor Diane Coyle, University of Manchester, in a seminar organized by IFN May 7. Coyle said that GDP is insufficient as a measure and what is probably needed is a dashboard of indicators. At the seminar, she mentioned a number of existing alternative measures, including Social Progress Index, which was created in 2014.

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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 can laws, rules and practices be reformed to improve the production of publicly funded services?

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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Swedish Taxation: Developments since 1862


In Swedish Taxation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula examine the development of taxation in Sweden since 1862. By taking the long view on the evolution of tax policies they explain how Sweden developed the highest tax-to-GDP ratio in the world, until the beginning of the 2000s.

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.

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