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  • Popular research about the looks of politicians

    Popular research about the looks of politicians


    The article "The right look," by Niclas Berggren, Henrik Jordahl (IFN) and Panu Poutvaara, was during the last 90 days the most downloaded text of all published by the Journal of Public Economics. The researche shows that conservative politicians are better looking and that this might create an overall advantage for conservative parties. "We are both happy for and surprised by the great interest in our research on the role of beauty in politics – in particular, we find that beauty can be found to characterize and benefit politicians on the right," said Niclas Berggren.

  • Trust in the EU at a crossroads

    Trust in the EU at a crossroads


    On March 22, the 20th edition of the European Perspective, entitled The trust in the EU at a crossroads, was presented in Malmö Börshus. Almost 200 participants had come to listen to panel discussions with the authors of the anthology. Lars Oxelheim, who is affiliated to the IFN, organized the event – which was sponsored by the EU Representation in Stockholm. One of the authors, IFN-researcher Andreas Bergh, asked whether confidence in Europe is threatened by the increased migration. He presented the answers given in his chapter in the book.

  • Sweden has the world's highest marginal tax rates

    Sweden has the world's highest marginal tax rates


    At a seminar in Swedish Parliament Mikael Stenkula, IFN, commented a new report, Marginalskatter och Sveriges konkurrenskraft (Almega) by Anders Ydstedt, Scantech. The author noted that Sweden has the world's highest marginal tax rates. One of the entrepreneurs interviewed for the report said that two thirds of the doctors employed at the medical centers owned by his company, are working part-time because it does not pay to work more. Mikael Stenkula

  • How corruption affects the growth of firms

    How corruption affects the growth of firms


    On Wednesday Margarita Tsoutsoura, University of Chicago, presented a study – “Firm Growth and Labor Reallocation after Exposure of Corrupt Practices”– during an academic seminar at IFN. Coming from Greece, she explained, "I certainly can see the value in good government and fighting corruption". Adding that she wants to better understand how corruption affects the economy in general and firms in particular. Margarita Tsoutsoura's research also include studies of tax evasion and corporate governance.

  • Hernando de Soto winner of the Global Award 2017

    Hernando de Soto winner of the Global Award 2017


    Hernando de Soto is the 2017 winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. Mr de Soto received the Award "for developing a new under-standing of the institutions that underpin the informal economy as well as the role of property rights and entrepreneurship in converting the informal economy into the formal sector."

  • Norwegian executives visited IFN

    Norwegian executives visited IFN


    Some 20 Norwegian business executives, who participate in the Executive MBA program at the Business School in Kristiansand, visited IFN on Tuesday. Professor Magnus Henrekson, managing director of IFN, presented the book Understanding Entrepreneurship – Definition, Function, and Policy. Magnus Henrekson defined entrepreneurship as "an individual's ability and willingness to independently or within organizations discover and create new economic opportunities," etcetera.

  • Income- and gender equality under the microscope

    Income- and gender equality under the microscope


    In Sweden, in contrast to other countries, the wealth is more evenly distributed thanks to inheritance. This is the gist of an article by Mikael Elinder, Oscar Erixson and Daniel Waldenström, IFN, in the latest issue of Ekonomisk Debatt. "Somewhat surprisingly, we find that inheritance tax increased wealth inequality" the researchers write. In the same issue of Ekonomisk Debatt Johanna Rickne, affiliated to IFN, and Olle Folke, Uppsala University, show that promotion to a top job often lead to divorce for women but not for men. "Our results indicate that promotions trigger divorce when it is contrary to earlier expectations, and social norms, relative to certain levels of paid and unpaid household work," the researchers write.

  • "Fix it before it goes broke"


    The industrial sector must take the economy in its entirety into account when negotiating wages, said Lars Calmfors, IFN. Calmfors is the chairman of the Swedish Labour Policy Council (AER). At a seminar he presented the AER 2017 annual report. He called for a discussion about the industrial sector’s normative agreement in regards to wages.

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Research Fellow

Niklas Elert

Research interests: Entrepreneurship and economic dynamism

Some of the questions Niklas tries to answer in his research:

  • How can the climate for entrepreneurship and innovations be improved?
  • What are high-growth firms and where can they be found?
  • Is it possible to learn entrepreneurship?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 2-2016


Healthcare for newborns has long-term benefits

Recent research at IFN finds that free infant care during the first year of life has not only substantial positive short-term health effects, but also positive long-term effects. These services, including the provision of soft inputs to parents, also seem to have positive welfare effects over the life span in other respects, such as through improved cognitive skills and labour market outcomes. The effects are particularly strong for women.

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IFN is looking for a researcher

IFN are looking for a researcher in economics with theoretical and/or empirical emphasis. He or she should have an interest in issues of relevance to the business sector. We welcome applications from junior as well as senior researchers. A Ph.D. degree is required by the time you start the position. 

We offer an excellent international research environment with great potential for individual development, the opportunity of a full-time research position, and a generous travel budget.

Apply to no later than March 1, 2017 to Elisabeth Gustafsson, For further information about IFN and the position, please contact Professor Magnus Henrekson, phone +46 8 665 4502 or Professor Lars Persson, phone +46 8 665 4504.

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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?

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