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  • Prestigious research grant awarded to Matti Keloharju


    Matti Keloharju, Professor of Finance at the Aalto University of Business and affiliated researcher at IFN, has been appointed to Academy of Finland Professorship for the years 2016-20. The Academy funds a number of five-year professorships which allow their holders to focus on research on a full-time basis. Professor Keloharju is the first business school professor ever to win this prestigious research grant. He will use his professorship primarily to collaborate with IFN researchers. He will be visiting Harvard Business School in the academic year 2015-16. 

  • Scientific workshop on corporate ownership

    Scientific workshop on corporate ownership


    August 6-7, a scientific workshop on the subject “economics of corporate ownership” is organized by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN). During two days in Vaxholm, just outside of Stockholm, 20 specially invited researchers from Europe and the US will discuss tax systems, labor- and stock markets, entrepreneurship and much more. The objective of the workshop is to advance research on the economic implications of different corporate ownership forms and changes in corporate ownership. In addition, the aim of the conference is to enhance the interaction between researchers in economics and in finance.

  • How economic freedom affects economic crises

    How economic freedom affects economic crises


    Economic crises are the subject of a study by Christian Bjørnskov Professor at Aarhus University and affiliated to IFN. In a paper Bjørnskov examines how economic freedom affects economic crises. A high level of economic freedom proves to limit both the relative GDP decline and crisis recovery time, but has no effect on the duration of the crisis or the probability of a crisis.

  •  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.

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Research Fellow

Assar Lindbeck

Research interests: Income insurance, bonus and methodological issues.

Some of the questions Assar Lindbeck try to answer in his research:

  • How is income insurance affected by social norms?
  • Does a monetary union require a fiscal union?

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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