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  • Seminar on China's assistance in Africa

    Seminar on China's assistance in Africa


    "Aid on Demand: African Leaders and the Geography of China's Foreign Assistance" was the title of a study that Axel Dreher presented and discussed at a research seminar at IFN on Wednesday. Dreher is Professor of International and Development Politics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

  • Advice to the European Central Bank

    Advice to the European Central Bank


    "The European Central Bank is currently struggling to get inflation going again," states Dow Jones Newswire/Wall Street Journal refering to research by Roger Svensson, IFN, and Andreas Westermark of Sweden’s Riksbank. "Maybe it is time the ECB tried something a little bit more radical, something from the playbook of authorities from the Middle Ages: recoinage." Roger Svensson is the author of the extensive work "Renovatio Monetae – Bracteates and Coinage Policies in Medieval Europe".

  •  Tolerance closely linked to freedom

    Tolerance closely linked to freedom


    In a new study, Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson, IFN, look at the effect of changes in economic freedom on tolerance in the United States. In comparing U.S. states they find that an increase in the willingness to let atheists, homosexuals and communists speak, keep books in libraries and teach college students is, overall, positively related to preceding increases in economic freedom, more specifically in the form of more general taxes.


  • What might affect employees – and firms?

    What might affect employees – and firms?


    August 6-7, a scientific workshop on the subject “economics of corporate ownership” was organized by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN). During two days in Vaxholm, just outside of Stockholm, specially invited researchers from Europe and the US discussed subjects related to the real economic effects of ownership forms and changes in ownership. In total, thirteen studies were presented.

  • Prestigious research grant awarded to Matti Keloharju


    Matti Keloharju, Professor of Finance at the Aalto University of Business and affiliated researcher at IFN, has been appointed to Academy of Finland Professorship for the years 2016-20. The Academy funds a number of five-year professorships which allow their holders to focus on research on a full-time basis. Professor Keloharju is the first business school professor ever to win this prestigious research grant. He will use his professorship primarily to collaborate with IFN researchers. He will be visiting Harvard Business School in the academic year 2015-16. 

  • How economic freedom affects economic crises

    How economic freedom affects economic crises


    Economic crises are the subject of a study by Christian Bjørnskov Professor at Aarhus University and affiliated to IFN. In a paper Bjørnskov examines how economic freedom affects economic crises. A high level of economic freedom proves to limit both the relative GDP decline and crisis recovery time, but has no effect on the duration of the crisis or the probability of a crisis.

  •  Immigration & job opportunities

    Immigration & job opportunities


    The former Swedish Government launched Etableringsreformen, stipulating that refugees be placed in municipalities where there are job opportunities. Özge Öner and Johan Wennström, IFN, have analyzed where new arrivals are placed and find that it is in municipalities with a declining population and high unemployment – in other words where the conditions for job growth is weak. These findings and more are discussed in a podcast.

  • IFN researcher associated with EPRG

    IFN researcher associated with EPRG


    Thomas Tangerås, Associate Professor and Director of IFN’s research program Economics of Electricity Markets has been appointed Associated Researcher at The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), University of Cambridge. EPRG is considered one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of energy markets. Dr. Tangerås is the second IFN researcher to become affiliated to EPRG. Pär Holmberg was the first.

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Research Fellow

Martin Ljunge

Research interests: Social-, public- and labor economics.

Some of the questions Martin Ljunge aims to answer in his research:

  • How does trust affect individual's choices and outcomes?
  • Does the welfare state have long term effects on behaviors?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2015

Private equity: transformation or tax evasion?

By Martin Olsson and Joacim Tåg

Recent IFN research reveals that short-termist behavior is not widespread among private equity firms, and that tax evasion is not what really generates returns for investors. In addition, the researchers have found that routine and off-shoreable jobs, or jobs that have survived thanks to aggressive labour unions, are prime targets for layoffs after buyouts.

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Swedish Taxation: Developments since 1862


In Swedish Taxation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula examine the development of taxation in Sweden since 1862. By taking the long view on the evolution of tax policies they explain how Sweden developed the highest tax-to-GDP ratio in the world, until the beginning of the 2000s.

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.

Professor Sidney Winter, Professor at University of Pennsylvania, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2015. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 20, in Stockholm.

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