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  • New book explaining about digitalization, immigration and the welfare state

    New book explaining about digitalization, immigration and the welfare state


    The Swedish welfare state is step-by-step heading towards a much worse crisis than in the 1990s, explains Mårten Blix, IFN, in his new book Digitalization, Immigration and the Welfare State (Edward Elgar Publishing). He writes that digital technologies are set to strengthen already existing trends towards job and wage polarization. He points out that the automation in the work place makes it increasingly difficult to maintain high income taxes and payroll taxes.

  • Will there be another tax reform?

    Will there be another tax reform?


    Magnus Henrekson, IFN, and Åsa Hansson, Lund University and affiliated to IFN, spoke on Wednesday at a seminar in Swedish Parliament. The Tax Committee had gathered Swedish tax experts to discuss "tax reform 25 years – its history and future." Two former ministers opened the seminar: Erik Åsbrink and Bo Lundgren. Followed by Magnus Henrekson who explained how taxation is linked to entrepreneurship and growth. Åsa Hansson sorted out the concepts of uniform and optimal taxation.

  • "If anything, the most profitable companies show higher quality"


    On Thursday January 19, Henrik Jordahl, IFN, presented a report he authored in collaboration with David Sundén: ”Vinstbegränsningar i välfärden” (“Profit caps in the welfare sector”, published by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise). The report shows the socio-economic impact of introducing the kind of profit caps suggested by Illmar Reepalu in a report to the government. Jordahl explained that the bases for the Reepalu report are false. For example, there is no big money to be made from the so-called leakage of tax revenue from for-profit firms in the welfare sector. "We are talking about 6 per mille of the costs for these services," he said.

  • "Grades may be compared to medicine – both require external control"


    Thursday January 12, Magnus Henrekson was part of a panel discussing how the Swedish education system might move onward following the disclosure of PISA and TIMSS (international assessments of the performance of Swedish students). He explained that competition in the education market requires tests (resulting in grades) being verified by the State or a third party, measuring the knowledge of students. He compared, in this respect, schools with pharmaceutical companies: "When teachers determine the grades of the students they are teaching it is as if the pharmaceutical companies themselves would determine that different drugs should be approved. The seminar was organized by the Expert Group on Public Economics (ESO).

  • 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."

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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 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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