About IFN


The Research Institute of Industrial Economics obtains its financing from a number of private foundations, organizations and corporations.


Research funding is provided by:



The trade association Almega contributes with financing of research on the service sector at the institute.


Forte (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare)

The mission is to promote the accumulation of knowledge in matters relating to working life and the understanding of social conditions and processes. This is achieved through promotion and support of basic and applied research, identification of important research needs, dialogue, dissemination of information and transfer of knowledge, and promotion of cooperation between researchers both nationally and internationally, particularly in EU programmes.


Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

IFN is one of nine European research institutes collaborating in the entrepreneurial research project FIRES (Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society) financed by the European Union. The project aims to formulate practical reform proposals for an including and sustainable growth in Europe.


Public Services in the Future

From July 2015, IFN runs a project on the production and financing of public services. Currently, the financiers are Ambea, Attendo, Bräcke diakoni, EQT, Ersta diakoni, Humana, Internationella Engelska Skolan, Investor, Magnora, Nordic Capital, Norrköpings kommun, Praktikertjänst, Region Östergötland, SEB Trygg Liv and SKL.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a comprehensive center of philanthropy. With visionary leadership, strategic grantmaking and world-class expertise, we partner with donors to strengthen the common good locally and throughout the world.


Swedish Energy Agency

The Swedish Energy Agency operates in various sectors of society to create conditions for an efficient and sustainable energy use and a cost-effective Swedish energy supply.


Swedish Energy Research Centre 

The Swedish  Energy Research Centre is a research and knowledge-based company that operates and coordinates energy research. The centre strives to be the natural hub of energy research - a neutral party for the benefit of future energy systems. The centre has extensive experience in energy-related research and development by the companies and research organizations that now constitute the Swedish  Energy Research Institute.


Swedish Research Council (VR)

The Swedish Research Council is an authority that develops and finances basic research and information about research of the highest quality in all scientific areas.


Swedish Securities Dealers Association

The Swedish Securities Dealers Association (SSDA) was founded in 1908 and is an association which represents the common interest of banks and investment services firms active on the securities market. The mission of the SSDA is a sound, strong and efficient Swedish securities market. SSDA promotes member's view in regards to regulatory, market and infrastructure-related issues. It also provides a neutral forum for discussing and exchanging views on matters which are of common interest to its members.


Taxes and Entrepreneurship

The purpose of the project is to study the effects of corporate taxation and taxation of stock holdings on firm behavior, ownership structure and business performance. The financiers are Mellby Gård AB, L E Lundbergföretagen AB, Carl Bennet AB, Mexab Holding AB and Stena AB. 


The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

The Research Institute of Industrial Economics obtains about 30 percent of its financing from the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.


The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation

The goal of the foundation is to support research within the social sciences, mainly in economic history, economic geography, business administration, economics and econometrics.


The Johan and Jakob Söderberg Foundation

The foundation mainly supports teaching, education and research in the areas of medicine, economics, natural sience, law and culture.


The Karl-Adam Bonnier Foundation

The aim of this project is to study how the single company or the entrepreneur is affected by the jurisdiction (taxes, regulations etc.). The main focus is on business economics and legal aspects of enterprise and entrepreneurship.


The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is to support care and fostering of children, support education and learning and support scientific research.


The Millenium Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is to, by support of education, promote work against youth violence and to promote scientific research and culture.


The Ragnar Söderberg Foundation

The aim of the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation is to promote scientific research and scientific education or educational work, especially in the areas of economics, medicine and legal sciences.


The Sven Svensson Foundation for Numismatics

The Sven Svensson Foundation for numismatics has, in no particular order, the purpose of purchasing items that are missing in the Royal Coin Cabinet’s collection, contributing to the issuance of publications that serve Swedish numismatic research, and to support researchers in this field.


The Swedish Competition Authority

The Swedish Competition Authority is working to safeguard and increase competition and supervise public procurement in Sweden.


The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council 

The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council is one of Sweden’s largest financiers of research in the area of wholesale and retail. The main purpose it to develop and strengthening the academic retail and wholesale research. The aim is also to increase the knowledge of wholesale and retail, for the benefit of companies, employees, customers and society.


The Torsten Söderberg Foundation

The aim of the Torsten Söderberg Foundation is to promote scientific research and scientific education or educational work, especially in the areas of economics, medicine and legal sciences.



VINNOVA, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, is Sweden’s innovation agency. Their aim is to increase the competitiveness of Swedish researchers and companies.


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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