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  • New Ph.D. at IFN

    New Ph.D. at IFN


    Ewa Lazarczyk received her doctorate degree September 4 with the thesis Essays on Electricity Markets: Information and Trading. With a master's degree from the Warsaw School of Economics, she came to the Stockholm School of Economics in 2008. Ewa Lazarczyk is associated to IFN's research program The Economics of Electricity Markets.

  • Sweden is still a capitalist welfare state

    Sweden is still a capitalist welfare state


    In the 70’s costs started soaring, explained Andreas Bergh and Assar Lindbeck at a seminar organized by IFN, when reasoning about the Swedish welfare state. They agreed that the Swedish welfare system in some parts need to be reformed. "Though, it is difficult for politicians to reform without a crisis," said Lindbeck. At the seminar a new book authored by Andreas Bergh was presented and discussed – Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State. Irene Wennemo, editorial writer Dagens Arena also participated in the debate.

  • How the teaching profession was dismantled

    How the teaching profession was dismantled


    In a brand new book Johan Wennström, IFN, uncovers how politicians from both left and right for decades undermined the professional pride and independence of Swedish schoolteachers. According to the author, this has contributed to both the decline of the teaching profession in Sweden and the drop in knowledge among Swedish students. At a seminar in Stockholm, the book was discussed by Anna Ekström, Director General of the National Agency for Education, and Jonas Vlachos, an educational researcher affiliated to IFN and Stockholm University.


  • The glass ceiling exists!


    The political power around the world is mostly in the hands of white middle-aged men. This fact might point to the existence of a glass ceiling for other groups. In a new study Olle Folke and Johanna Rickne, IFN, research the existence of a glass ceiling. The researchers are studying whether a glass ceiling exists for women, and/or for the first and second generation of immigrants to Swedish municipalities. They find a glass ceiling for women and a "sticky floor" for the current immigrant groups.

  • New book: Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State

    New book: Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State


    In the newly published book Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State, Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund’s University, explains how a country can successfully combine increasing prosperity with a relatively egalitarian distribution. Unlike the French economist Thomas Piketty, Bergh shows that "the successful recipe of Sweden is not to tax capital highly, but rather to provide efficient, capitalist institutions that allow a redistributive welfare state".

  • Swedish voucher-system debated

    Swedish voucher-system debated


    Today the Swedish education system is disputed and the pro-choice/voucher-system in particular – allowing parents and students the choice between any public or private school. In National Review Online Tino Sanandaji, IFN, argues that Sweden has an education crises, but it was not caused by school choice. “There is no doubt that the voucher reform was poorly implemented, but this doesn’t change the fact that the reform worked.” Also Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, affiliated to IFN, is debating the Swedish voucher-system in British media.

  • Researchers on site in Almedalen

    Researchers on site in Almedalen


    A number of researchers from IFN participated in seminars and debates during the the Almedal week. Several of them commented on a range of issues in television: Andreas Bergh was featured in SVT's morning show and discussed the French economist Thomas Pikettys theories. Magnus Henrekson "grilled" Anders Wallner (MP) in SVT and discussed taxes in EFN television. Johanna Rickne gave an economist's view of Fredrik Reinfeldt's televized speech.

  • "We cannot rest on our laurels"


    The Swedish self-image as a future knowledge-driven economy is quite feasible to implement. Though, it requires a number of changes, writes Magnus Henrekson, IFN, in the book Position Sverige – Om innovation, hållbarhet och arbetsmarknad, presented in Almedalen last Tuesday (July 1). He explained that Sweden ranks high in terms of innovations and patents. But we are not good at the next step: Through entrepreneurship and by building businesses, translating patents and innovations into high-growth companies. This requires a series of reforms.

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Research Fellow

Per Skedinger

Research interests: Labour economics.

Among the questions that Per Skedinger tries to answer with his research:

  • Did the sizeable reductions of payroll taxes for young workers in 2007 and 2009 improve their labour market prospects?
  • What are the effects from minimum wages on employment, unemployment and self-employment among marginal groups, such as young people and refugee immigrants?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2014

Market power reduces incentives to invest in nuclear power


The debate about nuclear power focuses mostly on safety, environmental costs for nuclear waste and climate benefits due to reduced carbon emissions. A further potentially important aspect is the consequences associated with the concentrated ownership structure of Nordic electricity plants, writes Sven-Olof Fridolfsson in this newsletter.  


The Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State

Most recent book


In Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State Andreas Bergh tackles a number of controversial questions regarding Sweden’s economic and political development:

• How did Sweden become rich?

• How did Sweden become egalitarian?

• Why has Sweden since the early 1990s grown faster than the US and most EU-countries despite its high taxes and generous welfare state?

Global Award

Research on entrepreneurship




The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research has become firmly established as 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.


IFN in the news

2014-09-12 The Economist

"The centre-right government of Fredrik Reinfeldt has been a great success, yet voters may well eject it in favour of the Social Democrats" argues the Economist. "Mr Borg warns loudly against tax rises by the centre-left. He supports choice and rejects claims that private provision of public services has reduced quality. Most independent analysts agree, and a new book backs them up*. The new book is Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State by Andreas Bergh, IFN.

2014-08-28 CityAM

Andreas Bergh, IFN, is the author of the book Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State. I this article he argues that the French economist Thomas Piketty’s theories revolve around the classic conflict between labour and capital. "The success of a country like Sweden is that this conflict has been transformed into a symbiotic relationship."

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