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  • Explaining Brexit and why we don’t understand our opponents

    Explaining Brexit and why we don’t understand our opponents


    Psychology is crucial to understanding today's society, explained Professor Jonathan Haidt, Stern School of Business at New York University, during a breakfast seminar in Stockholm. He commented on Brexit and said that mass immigration and the multi-cultural urban elite's positive attitude towards immigration means that more and more people will join the ranks of conservative ideas. Aida Hadzialic, Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, explained that the government must respect the people's sentiments – 70% of Swedes are concerned about immigration. They believe that basic Swedish values are threatened. Hadzialic added that "we must build a national identity that includes everybody".

  • International conference on entrepreneurship research

    International conference on entrepreneurship research


    The Third European Workshop on Entrepreneurship Economics took place in Stockholm June 18–19. Organizers were the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). The workshop brought together almost 30 researchers from about ten countries. All interested in studying entrepreneurship.

  • Digitization can benefit Swedish business

    Digitization can benefit Swedish business


    On June 16, the ESO report "Digitaliseringens dynamik” (Digitization dynamics) was presented. The study is authored by IFN researchers Fredrik Heyman, John Norbäck and Lars Persson. They are among the first to study the effects of automation over a longer period, from 1996 to 2013. The researchers explain that digitization can give Swedish companies competitive advantages. "Sweden has successfully leveraged automation," said Lars Persson at the seminar where the report was presented.

  • Sweden as a knowledge-driven economy: “Quite possible – but not  inevitable

    Sweden as a knowledge-driven economy: “Quite possible – but not inevitable"


    Entrepreneurial ecosystem iss the theme of an anthology presented by Esbri on Wednesday. Magnus Henrekson has together with Pontus Braunerhjelm authored the chapter " "Från utbildning, forskning och innovation till växande företag och stigande välstånd" (From education, research and innovation to growing businesses and growing prosperity). He explained that government should not, as in the recent IT bubble, "throw money" at businesses. That has proven to be expensive for taxpayers.

  • How should public services be financed, organized and delivered?

    How should public services be financed, organized and delivered?


    June 9─10 a group of researchers from Sweden, United States and Britain attended IFN’s annual academic conference in Vaxholm. This year’s topic was “Efficient Provision of Public Services”, within the framework of the IFN research project Public services in the future. Subjects discussed ranged from education reforms to for-profit corporations in the welfare sector and the use of antibiotics.

  • Advantage for voucher schools?

    Advantage for voucher schools?


    A study by Jonas Vlachos, Stockholm University and affiliated to IFN, and Björn Tyrefors Hinnerich, has created debate in Swedish media. Vlachos and Tyrefors find that students at upper-secondary voucher schools on average score 0.06 standard deviations lower on externally graded standardized tests. At the same time voucher schools are 0.14 standard deviations more generous than municipal schools in their internal test grading.

  • Research, research and even more research

    Research, research and even more research


    During the week, two researchers visited IFN to present their research at academic seminars and to discuss their results with IFN-researchers. Randi Hjalmarsson, Gothenburg University, spoke about "The Causal Effect of Military Conscription on Crime and the Labor Market". She did so at a research seminar on Wednesday. On a…

  • New research on the electricity market

    New research on the electricity market


    Thomas Tangerås, director of IFN's research program The Economics of Electricity Markets, participated on Thursday in a lunch seminar organized by Energiföretagen Sverige and Elforsk. The theme was "Today's research findings build future electricity markets". At the seminar Thomas Tangerås presented his research about capacity reserves in a integrated European electricity market. The title of his lecture was "Renewable electricity generation and national security of an integrated European electricity market."

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Research Fellow

Özge Öner

Research interests: Urban and regional economics, retail geography, the hospitality and tourism sector.

Some questions that Özge Öner tries to answer in her research:

  • What is the distance sensitivity of demand and market accessibility for various types of retail activities?
  • What are the spatial determinants of retail productivity?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2016


Understanding Entrepreneurship – Definition, Function and Policy

By Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula

Stimulating entrepreneurship is high on policymakers’ agendas. But what should we mean when we talk about entrepreneurship, and why is it so important? Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula analyze these issues in a comprehensive new textbook.

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Understanding Entrepreneurship – Definition, Function, and Policy

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Understanding Entrepreneurship by Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula, IFN, is designed as a core textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship. It is also suitable reading for undergraduate courses in economics and economic history.

The book provides a comprehensive description of entrepreneurship, and explores how it plays 
a decisive role in creating growth, employment and prosperity.

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, in cooperation with the donor, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Professor Philippe Aghion, Collège de France, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2016. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 10, 2016, in Stockholm.

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