About IFN

Research career at IFN

IFN wants to reach future researchers interested in high quality research with major relevance for Swedish industry and trade.

There are several ways to become a researcher in economics. Firstly, beginning doctoral studies and during the thesis work be associated with IFN. Secondly, start working as a research assistant at IFN and subsequently apply for doctoral studies. Choosing this way you often get inspiration at IFN on the subject for the thesis. Thirdly, receiving a postdoc position at IFN.

Most of the time a researcher works at IFN for a number of years and after that is appointed professor at a university or go on as an expert to the private or public sector.

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The research at IFN focuses on five areas/programs:

IFN is one of Sweden’s leading research institutes within the field of economics. Currently, we have about 30 researchers with doctoral degrees researching within the programs above. In addition, we have a number of single research projects.

IFN is a private and non-profit foundation. This we perceive as strength. Public sector grants and priorities have always played a large role in deciding the direction of Swedish economic research. In contrast, since 1939 the institute has ensured the existence of industry-specific economic research in Sweden. For example, we were among the first to study the link between entrepreneurship and economic growth.

IFN offers a work environment with plenty of time for research, a strong administrative support and excellent collaboration with the business community.

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Among the 7 400 people making a doctoral degree in 2000, 2002 and 2005, almost  nine out of ten had established themselves on the labour market in 2008. Around 95 per cent had a profession with the highest level of qualification requirements. A follow-up shows that, overall, about 65 per cent of the graduates are working in government, municipalities or counties, and about 35 per cent in the industry. (Swedish Higher Education Authority)

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?

International cooperation

Visiting researchers

Collaborating with others is essential for IFN as a research institute. Our researchers co-author articles with colleagues from other institutes, and many also teach at various universities and colleges.

As part of our extensive program of guest researchers, leading international researchers visit the institute. The visitors present and pursue their research as well as interact and cooperate with researchers at IFN.

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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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