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  • Smart education facilitates automation and digitalization

    Smart education facilitates automation and digitalization


    What can we learn from the research on automation and digitalization? This question was answered at a seminar organized by IFN on Monday. Keynote speaker was Professor Melanie Arntz, ZEW in Mannheim and Heidelberg University. She has studied the effects of automation on labor markets in the OECD. Arntz explained that the discussion is often too doom-laden. From IFN Professor Lars Persson and Ph.D. Mårten Blix presented their research in the field. In a panel, chaired by digitization expert Sara Öhrvall, Annika Winsth, chief economist Nordea, also participated.

  •  Discussions on corporate governance

    Discussions on corporate governance


    Mats Isaksson, head of the corporate affairs division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), visited on Thursday IFN for a presentation of the organization. The questions were many posed by the attending researchers, concerning everything from recommendations made by the OECD and a firm's power of innovation to the allocation of responsibility in a business as well as IPOs.

  • Focus on education

    Focus on education


    Many IFN researchers have a great interest in education policy. Recently a study by Professor Magnus Henrekson, IFN, and Ph.D. student Sebastian Jävervall was showing that Swedish "school results are dropping for both the best and the worst students." The study was cited by a number of editorial writers, including Expressen, Svenska Dagbladet and Sydsvenskan. Henrik Jordahl, IFN, is the author of several reports on the school system, among these a study about municipalities’ systematic work to measure quality, which "appears to be neglected in comparison to for profit schools that have a more streamlined approach". Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, affiliated to the IFN, is the most prolific school debater. His latest report is called “Regulation and Funding of Independent Schools: Lessons from Sweden” (Fraser Institute, Canada, 2016).

  • Why opinion polls doesn't say it all

    Why opinion polls doesn't say it all


    Why didn’t the polls predict Donald Trump's election victory? Richard Öhrvall, IFN and Linköping University, was interviewed in a number of papers answering this question. To Dagens Nyheter he explained that focus of the US election has been on analysis of combinations of opinion polls, rather than individual polls. The incentive to make reliable but more expensive opinion polls has thus been weak. Öhrvall was also interviewed in Metro and Forskning & Framsteg. To the latter, he explained that "the evidence suggests that those with unconventional positions are less inclined to tell about them in the polls."

  • Yves Zenou new Fellow of the Econometric Society

    Yves Zenou new Fellow of the Econometric Society


    Professor Yves Zenou, affiliated to IFN and at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, has been elected Fellow of the Econometric Society. Since previously Assar Lindbeck, IFN and Stockholm University, is a Fellow. The Econometric Society is an international society of academic economists interested in applying statistical tools to their field. The organization publishes three scientific journals: Econometrica, Quantitative Economics and Theoretical Economics.

  • True stock options needed!

    True stock options needed!


    Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy, University of Virginia, held this year's Swedish, Schumpeter Lecture on the subject  "Two Decades of effectuation Research: Implications for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Policy". Professor Magnus Henrekson, IFN commented. "We should prepare people in Sweden better for the kind of entrepreneurship that professor Sarasvathy is talking about," he explained. The panel included…

  • Assar Lindbeck awarded 2017 Global Economy Prize

    Assar Lindbeck awarded 2017 Global Economy Prize


    Assar Lindbeck, IFN and Stockholm University, has been awarded the Global Economy Prize 2017. The prize is awarded by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The Prize Committee consists mostly of former winners of the Global Economy Prize, of which the majority have also been awarded the Nobel Prize. The Global Economy Prize highlights the achievements of "those who view globalization as an opportunity to tap our creative potential. The prize winners recognize that our standard of living can be protected only through free market activity itself."

  • Study on Swedish school achievements

    Study on Swedish school achievements


    On Tuesday, Magnus Henrekson presented a report at the The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. Together with Sebastian Jävervall, PhD student at Uppsala University, he has authored the report "Swedish school achievements are falling – what do we know?" Magnus Henrekson participated via link from Värnamo where the IFN board was visiting a number of businesses. The event and panel discussion at IVA was also attended by State Secretary Erik Nilsson, Per Kornhall, author and educational expert, and Pam Fredman, Chancellor at University of Gothenburg.

    IVA's Chairman Leif Johansson, President of Ericsson and AstraZeneca, opened the seminar.

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Research Fellow

Carl-Magnus Bjuggren

Research interests: Firm dynamics, family firms and labor economics.

Some of the questions that Carl Magnus Bjuggren tries to answer with his research:

  • How is firm productivity affected by employment protection? 
  • How does family ownership influence firm growth?

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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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?

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, in cooperation with the donor, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Professor Philippe Aghion, Collège de France, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2016. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 10, 2016, in Stockholm.

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