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  • Swedish politicians are qualified and representative

    Swedish politicians are qualified and representative


  • Researcher at the Göteborg Book Fair

    Researcher at the Göteborg Book Fair


    Richard Öhrvall, IFN and Linköping University, will present his research at this year's Göteborg Book Fair September 22 to 25. He does it on Forskartorget and in Linköping University's booth. Who are the voters in elections? Does parents, upbringing, school and friends affect the likelihood that you will get involved? in politics. These are some of the questions Öhrvall will answer.

  • IFN researchers: Multiple errors in Landström's report

    IFN researchers: Multiple errors in Landström's report


    An op-ed by Magnus Henrekson and Henrik Jordahl, IFN, is published in Dagens Industri. The basis for the article is the proposal to limit profit to 8 percent of capital invested in tax financed services, i.e. education, healthcare and so on. Henrekson and Jordahl found several errors with Joachim Landström’s analysis of the matter, explaining that "a reasonable mandate would be to investigate whether a profit control is at all needed in tax financed services (and whether it is consistent with the Swedish Constitution and the European legislation Sweden is subject to)."

  • The idea is the idea of growth

    The idea is the idea of growth


    On Friday September 2, the well-known economist Deirdre McCloskey, professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, opened a seminar entitled "The idea is the idea of growth". Bettina Kashefi, chief economist at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, and Ola Pettersson, chief economist at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, participated in the subsequent panel. Professor McCloskey spoke about her book Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World. She explained how ideas – liberal ideas – are the basis of economic growth.

  • Associate editor at academic journal

    Associate editor at academic journal


    Per Hjertstrand, IFN, has been appointed associate editor of the journal Macroeconomic Dynamics, published by Cambridge Journals. The journal is a renowned specialized periodical in macroeconomics that publishes theoretical, empirical or quantitative research. "As an associate editor, I help decide who will review the texts sent to the journal" explains Hjertstrand. At the next stage, he is also involved in deciding which articles are eventually published.

  • Report on the economics of immigration

    Report on the economics of immigration


    Andreas Bergh, IFN, and Lund University, has on behalf of the think tank Fores written the report Hela staden – varför vinner vi inte (mer) på invandringen? (The entire town - why don’t we gain (more) from the immigration?). The report was presented at a seminar on Wednesday. Bergh explained that the major stumbling blocks for immigrants to enter the labor market is inflexible job market institutions (collective agreement between trade unions and employers, as well as high minimum wages) and that Sweden, so far, has advocated  integration above ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown in New York.

  • New publication: A Clean House? Studies of Corruption in Sweden

    New publication: A Clean House? Studies of Corruption in Sweden


    Andreas Bergh, IFN, Gissur Ó Erlingsson, Linköping University, Mats Sjölin Linné University, and Richard Öhrvall, IFN, are the authors a a new book:  A Clean House? Studies of Corruption in Sweden (Nordic Academic Press 2016). The researchers describe how countries typically viewed as low-corruption states can have particular problems that should not be underestimated nor neglected. By revealing causes, scope and consequences of the corruption in Sweden, the authors point out shortcomings in the international evaluations of corruption.

  • Matilda Orth and Florin Maican awarded

    Matilda Orth and Florin Maican awarded


    Matilda Orth, IFN, and Florin Maican, affiliated to IFN, have been awarded The International Journal of Industrial Organization's Best Paper Award 2016. This prize is awarded to the best two papers published each year. The papers are selected by the editorial board of the journal. "A dynamic analysis of entry regulations and productivity in retail trade", by Orth and Maican, was published in May 2015.

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Research Fellow

Niclas Berggren

Research interests: Institutional economics and public choice; trust, tolerance and religion; the role of beauty in politics.

Among the questions that Niclas Berggren tries to answer with his research:

  • How do trust, tolerance, religion, etcetera affect the way the economy functions?
  • Is there a relationship between the degree to which an economy is market-oriented and social variables (like trust and tolerance)?

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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Sick of Inequality?

An Introduction to the Relationship between Inequality and Health

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In this book Andreas Bergh, Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, and Daniel Waldenström, IFN and Paris School of Economics, France, review the latest research on the relationship between inequality and health. What does inequality mean for our health? Does increasing income inequality affect outcomes such as obesity, life expectancy and subjective well-being?

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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