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  • Difficult but not impossible to evaluate quality in elderly care

    Difficult but not impossible to evaluate quality in elderly care


    It is difficult to measure the quality in elderly care. The participants agreed on this at a seminar organized by the SNS on the report Att styra och leda äldreomsorg. Hur går det till och vad kan förbättras?. (To govern and manage in elderly care. How does it work and what can be improved?) The report is part of the IFN and SNS joint research program From welfare state to a welfare society. The study is authored by Henrik Jordahl and Jannis Angelis, IFN. Gun-Britt Trydegård, Stockholm University, commented on the report, which she called "exemplary". Corresponding studies in the fields of healthcare and education will be published in 2015.

  • Newly employed researchers at IFN

    Newly employed researchers at IFN


    Niklas Elert and Özge Öner have recently been employed as researchers at IFN. Niklas Elert received his doctorate in economics in September 2014 at Örebro University. The title of his dissertation being Economic Dynamism - Essays on Firm Entry and Firm Growth. The thesis addresses two key aspects of economic dynamics: creation and business growth, 1997 to 2010. Özge Öner received her doctorate in May 2014 at the International Business School in Jönköping. The topic of her dissertation being Retail Location. Her research interests include urban and regional economics, the geography of retail, as well as service and tourism.

  • New Ph.D. at IFN

    New Ph.D. at IFN


    Ewa Lazarczyk received her doctorate degree September 4 with the thesis Essays on Electricity Markets: Information and Trading. With a master's degree from the Warsaw School of Economics, she came to the Stockholm School of Economics in 2008. Ewa Lazarczyk is associated to IFN's research program The Economics of Electricity Markets.

  • Sweden is still a capitalist welfare state

    Sweden is still a capitalist welfare state


    In the 70’s costs started soaring, explained Andreas Bergh and Assar Lindbeck at a seminar organized by IFN, when reasoning about the Swedish welfare state. They agreed that the Swedish welfare system in some parts need to be reformed. "Though, it is difficult for politicians to reform without a crisis," said Lindbeck. At the seminar a new book authored by Andreas Bergh was presented and discussed – Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State. Irene Wennemo, editorial writer Dagens Arena also participated in the debate.

  • How the teaching profession was dismantled

    How the teaching profession was dismantled


    In a brand new book Johan Wennström, IFN, uncovers how politicians from both left and right for decades undermined the professional pride and independence of Swedish schoolteachers. According to the author, this has contributed to both the decline of the teaching profession in Sweden and the drop in knowledge among Swedish students. At a seminar in Stockholm, the book was discussed by Anna Ekström, Director General of the National Agency for Education, and Jonas Vlachos, an educational researcher affiliated to IFN and Stockholm University.


  • The glass ceiling exists!


    The political power around the world is mostly in the hands of white middle-aged men. This fact might point to the existence of a glass ceiling for other groups. In a new study Olle Folke and Johanna Rickne, IFN, research the existence of a glass ceiling. The researchers are studying whether a glass ceiling exists for women, and/or for the first and second generation of immigrants to Swedish municipalities. They find a glass ceiling for women and a "sticky floor" for the current immigrant groups.

  • 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.

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Research Fellow

Thomas Tangerås

Research interests: Electricity markets, telecoms, political economics and regulation.

Among the questions that Thomas Tangerås tries to answer with his reserach:

  • How well do electricity markets perform?
  • How important is the grid for electricity market performance?
  • What is the role of policy process for market performance?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 2-2014

Sweden proves Piketty "unrealistic and ahistorical"


Capitalism can create prosperity only if there is a clear separation between the market and the political sphere, argues Andreas Bergh in his new book Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).


The Oxford Handbook of Economic and Institutional Transparency

Most recent book


Edited by Lars Oxelheim, IFN and Lund University and Jens Forssbaeck.

The publication is divided into three broad themes. The first section addresses transparency in different areas of economic policy. The second covers institutional transparency and explores the role of transparency in market integration and regulation. The third focuses on corporate transparency.

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.

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. He will receive the award at a ceremony on December 3, in Stockholm.


IFN in the news

2014-10-06 The Economist

Critics of Swedish school vouchers blame school choice for declining education standards. But there are good reasons to believe the problem is not school choice, argues The Economist referring to research by Karin Edmark, IFN: "The authors find that school choice has had a small, but positive impact, particularly for minority and low-income students."

2014-09-12 The Economist

"The centre-right government of Fredrik Reinfeldt has been a great success, yet voters may well eject it in favour of the Social Democrats" argues the Economist. "Mr Borg warns loudly against tax rises by the centre-left. He supports choice and rejects claims that private provision of public services has reduced quality. Most independent analysts agree, and a new book backs them up*. The new book is Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State by Andreas Bergh, IFN.

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