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  • Importance of systematic quality analysis in schools proved in new report

    Importance of systematic quality analysis in schools proved in new report


    In a forthcoming report presented by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Henrik Jordahl, IFN, is comparing the systematic quality work of the three largest private school corporations and three municipalities of comparable size. In Dagens Nyheter Jordahl writes: "The municipalities systematic quality work, in this comparison, appears as neglected." Henrik Jordahl explains that improved systematic quality work in the municipalities "would be a welcome step in the right direction." He concludes: ”To attack private schools profits and dividends will prove futile. The Swedish education crisis can not be met by an ideological shot in the dark.”

  • New study: Infant care reduces risk of cancer

    New study: Infant care reduces risk of cancer


    Associate Professor Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, together with Professors Martin Karlsson, University of Duisburg-Essen and Sonia Bhalotra, University of Essex, has studied the introduction of a free infant care program introduced on a trial basis in Sweden in the 1930s. The program provided information, support and monitoring of infants. The research shows that the care significantly improved health. The result indicates the importance of infant care to combat sickness among young children and ill health later in life. Therese Nilsson explains that the children who received the free care lived longer and the risk was reduced of being diagnosed with cancer decades later.

  • The Almedalen Week: Interaction between research and policy

    The Almedalen Week: Interaction between research and policy


    During the Almedalen Week July 3–10, a number of IFN-researchers participated in seminars and other events. Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund University,  participated in a seminar organized by the think tank Fores, ”Ökad invandring – hur påverkas social tillit?”(The impact of increased immigrationon on social trust?) Lars Calmfors, Mårten Blix and Therese Nilsson…

  •  The advantage of selling an invention instead of turning it into a business

    The advantage of selling an invention instead of turning it into a business


    Selling to incumbent firms encourage creators to focus on high-quality research projects, write Pehr-Johan Norbäck, Lars Persson and Roger Svensson in a blog post for the London School of Economics' Business Review. The research results "suggest that industry policies that disfavour innovation for sale over innovation for entry may be harmful," writes Norbäck, Persson and Svensson. They propose policies to improve the merger and acquisition market: "... making the tax system neutral between keeping and selling a firm, or improving the legal system to reduce the transaction costs associated with acquisitions in order to ensure a bidding competition over target firms".

  • Explaining Brexit and why we don’t understand our opponents

    Explaining Brexit and why we don’t understand our opponents


    Psychology is crucial to understanding today's society, explained Professor Jonathan Haidt, Stern School of Business at New York University, during a breakfast seminar in Stockholm. He commented on Brexit and said that mass immigration and the multi-cultural urban elite's positive attitude towards immigration means that more and more people will join the ranks of conservative ideas. Aida Hadzialic, Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, explained that the government must respect the people's sentiments – 70% of Swedes are concerned about immigration. They believe that basic Swedish values are threatened. Hadzialic added that "we must build a national identity that includes everybody".

  • International conference on entrepreneurship research

    International conference on entrepreneurship research


    June 18–19, 2016, the Institute for Research of Industrial Economics (IFN), in cooperation with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), organized the Third CEPR European Workshop on Entrepreneurship Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. Researchers from all over the world attended the conference to discuss topics concerning entrepreneurship.

  • Digitization can benefit Swedish business

    Digitization can benefit Swedish business


    On June 16, the ESO report "Digitaliseringens dynamik” (Digitization dynamics) was presented. The study is authored by IFN researchers Fredrik Heyman, John Norbäck and Lars Persson. They are among the first to study the effects of automation over a longer period, from 1996 to 2013. The researchers explain that digitization can give Swedish companies competitive advantages. "Sweden has successfully leveraged automation," said Lars Persson at the seminar where the report was presented.

  • Sweden as a knowledge-driven economy: “Quite possible – but not  inevitable

    Sweden as a knowledge-driven economy: “Quite possible – but not inevitable"


    Entrepreneurial ecosystem iss the theme of an anthology presented by Esbri on Wednesday. Magnus Henrekson has together with Pontus Braunerhjelm authored the chapter " "Från utbildning, forskning och innovation till växande företag och stigande välstånd" (From education, research and innovation to growing businesses and growing prosperity). He explained that government should not, as in the recent IT bubble, "throw money" at businesses. That has proven to be expensive for taxpayers.

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Research Fellow

Ola Andersson

Research interests: Applied game theory, industrial economics, experimental economics and behavioral economics.

Among the questions that Ola Andersson tries to answer with his research:

  • How do we  take risk on behalf of other people?
  • When does communication hurt/help cooperation?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2016


Understanding Entrepreneurship – Definition, Function and Policy

By Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula

Stimulating entrepreneurship is high on policymakers’ agendas. But what should we mean when we talk about entrepreneurship, and why is it so important? Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula analyze these issues in a comprehensive new textbook.

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Understanding Entrepreneurship – Definition, Function, and Policy

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Understanding Entrepreneurship by Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula, IFN, is designed as a core textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship. It is also suitable reading for undergraduate courses in economics and economic history.

The book provides a comprehensive description of entrepreneurship, and explores how it plays 
a decisive role in creating growth, employment and prosperity.

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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