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  • Clusters create an innovative milieu

    Clusters create an innovative milieu


    Maryann Feldman, Heninger Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, was the 2013 recipient of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. Now here prize lecture is published in Small Business Economics focusing on her work on the role of entrepreneurial activity in the formation of regional industry clusters.

  • Report on reimbursement in health care

    Report on reimbursement in health care


    There are no neutral compensation models. Each offers incentives and thus it is important to determine what you want to achieve, explained researcher Peter Lindgren, author of the report Reimbursement in health care - models, effects and recommendations, at a workshop on Wednesday. He asserted that different models suits different categories of care. The report is included in the IFN and SNS joint project Från välfärdsstat till välfärdssamhälle (From welfare state to a welfare society).

  • Research on trust attracts many readers


    The most downloaded article in the scientific journal Economics Letters is written by Martin Ljunge, IFN. More than 1,500 people have so far downloaded the article published in the first issue of 2014. Ljunge writes about how democracy fosters trust. He has studied trust among second-generation immigrants and correlates it with democracy in the father's country of birth. He notes that democratic institutions have a positive effect on cultural norms, which are important to promote both prosperity and health.

  • New research on welfare services

    New research on welfare services


    On Tuesday a new research report was presented – Welfare services: licensing, supervision and monitoring, authored by Eva Hagbjer. The report is published by SNS (Centre for Business and Policy Studies) within the framework of the joint project between IFN and SNS From Welfare State to Welfare Society. In the report the rules that ensure quality of welfare services are identified. Eva Lindström commented on the report saying that “it's impressive". Lindström is chairperson of a committee on ownership assessment (ägarprövningutredningen) with the mission to propose requirements that may be imposed on owners in the welfare sector.

  • Statistics blog about the elections


    During 2014 Richard Öhrvall, Statistics Sweden (SCB) and IFN, will be blogging about the upcoming elections in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The blog's title is Three hundred and twelve. Why? "During 2014 we have 312 elections: Elections in 290 municipalities, 20 county councils/regions, Swedish parliament and the European parliament," explains Richard Öhrvall who is at the same time writing his thesis in political science at Linköping University. The subject is political participation.

  • Gabriel Sahlgren in British Parliament

    Gabriel Sahlgren in British Parliament


    Gabriel Sahlgren, Research Director at the Centre for Market Reform of Education, London, and affiliated researcher at IFN will speak before the British Education Committee in parliament on Wednesday March 19. The topic is "Academies and free schools". The purpose of the session "is to explore whether academisation has had a positive impact on student attainment."

  • IFN-paper awarded

    IFN-paper awarded


    The IAEE Best Paper Awards committee has selected a working paper authored by Sara Fogelberg and Ewa Lazarczyk, both IFN, to receive a student paper award at the 37th IAEE International Conference. In addition to this award Sara Fogelberg and Ewa Lazarczyk will compete with three further recipients for the “Best Paper Award” that will be revealed at conference in June 2014. The title of the paper is “Strategic Withholding through Production Failures in the Nordic Electricity Market, Nord Pool”.

  • Global Award to Shaker Zahra

    Global Award to Shaker Zahra


    The 2014 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is awarded to Professor Shaker Zahra, Professor of Strategy and Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Global Award  is the leading international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize sum of EUR 100 000.

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Research Fellow

Henrik Horn

Research interests: International trade, trade agreements, environmental agreements, competition policy, and regulations.

Among the questions that Henrik Horn tries to answer with his research:

  • How should the core provisions in the WTO Agreement be interpreted?
  • How should EU environmental policies be designed?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2014

Market power reduces incentives to invest in nuclear power


The debate about nuclear power focuses mostly on safety, environmental costs for nuclear waste and climate benefits due to reduced carbon emissions. A further potentially important aspect is the consequences associated with the concentrated ownership structure of Nordic electricity plants, writes Sven-Olof Fridolfsson in this newsletter.  


Renovatio Monetae – Bracteates and Coinage Policies in Medieval Europe

Most recent book

This book by Roger Svensson, IFN, is about the function of bracteates (medieval coins) and how they can be linked to the evolution of coinage policies. The function and history of bracteates is the very essence of the development of coinage in the Middle-Ages and economic history as a whole. This book was previously published in the Swedish language 2012.

Global Award

Research on entrepreneurship




The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research has become firmly established as 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.

Shaker Zahra, Professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2014.


IFN in the news

2014-02-18  Financial Times

Gabriel H. Sahlgren, IFN and Center for Market Reform of Education, and Julian Le Grand, London School of Economics, argue that competition between schools can force laggards to improve: "In fact, there is evidence that competions actually decreases the impact of pupils' background in interantional testst", they write adding that copying countries with the highest grades is not the right way to improve.

2014-02-17 The Economist

“Small business activity does not measure entrepreneurship” is the title of an article by Magnus Henrekson and Tino Sanandaji, both IFN, published in the prestigious American scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The article claming that self-employed doesn't equal entrepreneur has been commented on in The Economist and a number of other media.

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