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  • New research in a new year

    New research in a new year


    Research questions and focus is constantly changing. But basically the research at IFN is carried out within the framework of five research programs: Economics of Entrepreneurship, Globalization and Corporate Restructuring, Economics of the Service Sector, Economics of Electricity Markets and  Economics of Institutions and Culture."IFN is one of Sweden’s leading research environments within the field of economics," said Professor Magnus Henrekson, Managins Director of the Institute. "We undertake research relevant to policy without sacrificing scientific quality, which is the only way to win the confidence of researchers, experts, and decision-makers."

  • Publication of recent research

    Publication of recent research


    IFN's research results are published in different channels. All research is first presented in a working paper. In 2016 some 40 such papers were published at IFN. The next step is publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal. The topics of the most recent articles accepted for publication in such journals range from the attraction of consumption to social networks and the gap in the labor market between domestic and foreign-born.

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!


    IFN researchers write opinion pieces, including columns, based on research. In 2016, about 80 such articles were published, mainly in Swedish media, on topics including school, integration of immigrants and the labor market. The researchers also wrote about stock options for employees, health care, currency wars etcetera.

    If you have a quiet moment during the holidays, we encourage you to explore our archives and read one or more of the articles. Most of the topics are as relevant today as when they were published.

  • Buchanan's thoughts on politics and power

    Buchanan's thoughts on politics and power


    30 years after James Buchanan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Niclas Berggren, IFN, and Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, Timbro, discussed the legacy of Buchanan in a podcast turned into a stage talk. One of the issues discussed was the legal policy framework needed, in the event that a politician is driven by self-interest. Donald Trump was mentioned. Niclas Berggren explained that Buchanan's idea was to set limits to what politicians can do. "When a person of a certain nature take power it is very important that we have institutions in place that can balance the power."

  • Film about effects of privatization

    Film about effects of privatization


    Erik Lundin, researchers at IFN, has studied what transpired when parts of the Swedish electricity distribution sector was privatized. He explains in a short film how economies of scale resulted in: "The acquired networks increased labor efficiency by on average 18 percent, while no effect is found on the price." Since the purchases included several neighboring power grids, previously run by separate municipalities, the study shows that the entire effect can be explained by increased economies of scale, questioning the causal effect of privatization per se.

  • Podcast: Research for the benefit of our everyday lives

    Podcast: Research for the benefit of our everyday lives


    Ola Andersson’s research is about risk taking, and also about automated school choice. He talks about both of these fields in a new podcast and also about a new research project that will be launched next year. "We can to place 8500 students in a minute" he says of automated school choice. Which is a substantiel reducion in time – so far it has taken several months. In regards to risk-taking Ola Andersson’s research shows that with the "wrong" contract, we can all become too risk averse with other people's money.

  • "Ever more jobs can be learned on the job"


    Without entrepreneurship and leadership Sweden can not evolve, explained Professor Magnus Henrekson, IFN, at a seminar organized by the trade organization Almega. "People must acquire the right skills. But generally speaking, we tend yo have to much confidence in formal education." He explained that people with motivation, persistence and capacity are needed to work with the structures. "But more and more tasks can be learned on the job."

  • Cooperation between research and business

    Cooperation between research and business


    Mats Hilding, Managing Director Axelent, visited IFN on Tuesday to present his firm, its expansion and challenges. All in a vivid dialogue with researchers. He explained how Axelent, which manufactures protective equipment for e.g. industrial robots, has grown and now has subsidiaries in 10 countries. Mats Hilding told how the structure of categories of employees has changed over the years. Something that also Fredrik Heyman, IFN, talked about when he presented his research in this field.

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Research Fellow

Lars Calmfors

Research interests: Labour and macro economics.

Among the questions that Lars Calmfors tries to answer with his research:

  • Causes of unemployment?
  • How does the EMU function?
  • How can diffent institutional arrangements contribute to an appropriate fiscal policy?

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 with relevance for the business sector. We welcome applications from junior as well as senior researchers. Though, at the time you would be joining IFN, a Ph.D. degree is required.

We offer an excellent international research environment with great potential for individual development, with the possibility of full-time research 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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