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  • New book: Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State

    New book: Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State


    In the newly published book Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State, Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund’s University, explains how a country can successfully combine increasing prosperity with a relatively egalitarian distribution. Unlike the French economist Thomas Piketty, Bergh shows that "the successful recipe of Sweden is not to tax capital highly, but rather to provide efficient, capitalist institutions that allow a redistributive welfare state".

  • Swedish voucher-system debated

    Swedish voucher-system debated


    Today the Swedish education system is disputed and the pro-choice/voucher-system in particular – allowing parents and students the choice between any public or private school. In National Review Online Tino Sanandaji, IFN, argues that Sweden has an education crises, but it was not caused by school choice. “There is no doubt that the voucher reform was poorly implemented, but this doesn’t change the fact that the reform worked.” Also Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, affiliated to IFN, is debating the Swedish voucher-system in British media.

  • Researchers involved in Almedalen

    Researchers involved in Almedalen


    A number of researchers from IFN participated in seminars and debates during the the Almedal week. Several of them commented on a range of issues in television: Andreas Bergh was featured in SVT's morning show and discussed the French economist Thomas Pikettys theories. Magnus Henrekson "grilled" Anders Wallner (MP) in SVT and discussed taxes in EFN television. Johanna Rickne gave an economist's view of Fredrik Reinfeldt's televized speech.

  • "We cannot rest on our laurels"


    The Swedish self-image as a future knowledge-driven economy is quite feasible to implement. Though, it requires a number of changes, writes Magnus Henrekson, IFN, in the book Position Sverige – Om innovation, hållbarhet och arbetsmarknad, presented in Almedalen last Tuesday (July 1). He explained that Sweden ranks high in terms of innovations and patents. But we are not good at the next Stephen: Through entrepreneurship and by building businesses translating patents and innovations into high-growth companies. This requires a series of reforms.

  • Full house at seminar in Almedalen

    Full house at seminar in Almedalen


    A report written by Jannis Angelis and Henrik Jordahl, IFN was presented by SNS at a well-attended seminar during the first day of a week of policymaking and debate in Almedalen. The report – Att styra och leda äldreomsorg (Leadership and management in geriatric care) is part of the joint IFN and SNS research project called From welfare state to a welfare society. "Larger [private] firms stand out," explained Henrik Jordahl in Almedalen. These companies are paramount in regards to controlling and managing the production. But, he said, the range is large between and also within all modes of operation: local government, non-profit and for-profit businesses.

  • New book: pro choice and competition in the Brittish education system

    New book: pro choice and competition in the Brittish education system


    Gabriel H. Sahlgren, Director of Research at the Centre for Market Reform of Education and Affiliated to IFN, is editor and co-author of Tests worth teaching to: incentivising quality in qualifications and accountability. Diversity in qualifications and examinations (carried out by examination boards) is a unique feature of the UK.

  • Entrepreneurs generate growth

    Entrepreneurs generate growth


    Entrepreneurship was the theme of a seminar that IFN arranged Tuesday. Besides Magnus Henrekson and Joacim Tåg, IFN, Lena Apler, Chairman Collector, was part of the panel. In an introductory presentation explained Magnus Henrekson that "entrepreneurship is not about small business, but the emergence of new major corporations". Four-fifths of the self-employed have not any employees and small ambitions to grow. Henrekson commented on the economist in vogue Thomas Piketty's theories: "Piketty agree that entrepreneurs are innovative and create value, but believes they are only a few." This does not correspond with reality, he explained.

  • International conference about electricity markets

    International conference about electricity markets


    I have come to find out what others are working on and to get feedback on my own work, said Frank A. Wolak, Stanford University when asked about IFN's annual international research conference held in Vaxholm. On an annual basis a group of international scholars are invited to join researchers from IFN to discuss their own and others' research. The theme of the conference this year (June 12-13) was "The Performance of Electricity Markets." Researchers from eight countries participated in the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

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Research Fellow

Martin Olsson

Research interests: Applied microeconomics and labor economics.

Among the questions that Martin Olsson tries to answer with his research:

  • How are employees affected by private equity buyouts?
  • Can parents’ use of paid child care be affected by their employment protection?

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.  


The Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State

Most recent book


In Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State Andreas Bergh tackles a number of controversial questions regarding Sweden’s economic and political development:

• How did Sweden become rich?

• How did Sweden become egalitarian?

• Why has Sweden since the early 1990s grown faster than the US and most EU-countries despite its high taxes and generous welfare state?

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

2014-07-29 The Telegraph

The Adam Smith Institute said that independent schools represent one of the cheapest ways for the government to improve exam results and pupils' potential earnings. The study, by Gabriel Heller Sahlgren (affiliated to IFN), showed how competition among Holland’s independent schools had developed higher international test scores, while driving costs down.

2014-07-21 National Review Online

In the 1990s, Sweden introduced one of the most ambitious school-voucher systems in the world. In National Review Online Tino Sanandaji, IFN, weighs in on the debate over Sweden’s school performance and the role played by this voucher program. Sanandaji argues that the Swedish school crisis can not be attributed to Sweden's embrace of school choice.

2014-07-21 Education Investor

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, affiliated to IFN, writes in the British Education Investor (June/July issue) that "it is time to end the national ban on profit-making companies owning and operating state-funded schools in England, and let them drive the progress in education just as theyv have done in the economy at large."

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