About IFN

Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research

Starting in 2009 IFN along with Entreprenörskapsforum and 2009-2012 with Tillväxtverket are the principals of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. At the same point in time the prize sum was raised to EUR 100 000, and the winner also receives a replica of Carl Milles sculpture "Hand of God". Today Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is widely recognized as the world's top research prize in the field of entrepreneurship and small business.

The prize has been awarded annually since 1996. Since 2009, in its present-day name. At time when the prize sum was doubled, the nomination, evaluation and selection process became more structured and transparent.

IFN is responsible for preparing and appoint scientific evaluations of the main candidates proposed by the Award Committee. IFN maintains and updates the Global Award website (www.e-award.org) and is jointly with Entrepreneurship Forum making sure that an essay on the winner's research contributions as well as the winner's prize lecture is published in the Small Business Economics, a leading specialty journal in the field of entrepreneurship research. The Entreprenörskapsforum is responsible for the marketing and communication activities related to the award.

IFN's participation was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Swedish entrepreneur and industrialist Rune Andersson and his holding company Mellby Gård AB

Read about the Award in Small Business Economics

Read about the Award in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice


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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