Below you will find news that in one or the other way involves IFN and the institute's research and/or researchers.

  • "If anything, the most profitable companies show higher quality"


    On Thursday January 19, Henrik Jordahl, IFN, presented a report he authored in collaboration with David Sundén: ”Vinstbegränsningar i välfärden” (“Profit caps in the welfare sector”, published by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise). The report shows the socio-economic impact of introducing the kind of profit caps suggested by Illmar Reepalu in a…

  • New research in a new year


    Research questions and focus is constantly changing. But basically the research at IFN is carried out within the framework of five research programs: Economics of Entrepreneurship, Globalization and Corporate Restructuring, Economics of the Service Sector, Economics of Electricity Markets and  Economics of Institutions and Culture."IFN is one of Sweden’s leading research…

  • Publication of recent research


    IFN's research results are published in different channels. All research is first presented in a working paper. In 2016 some 40 such papers were published at IFN. The next step is publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal. The topics of the most recent articles accepted for publication in such journals range from the attraction of consumption to social networks and the gap in the…

  • Happy Holidays!


    IFN researchers write opinion pieces, including columns, based on research. In 2016, about 80 such articles were published, mainly in Swedish media, on topics including school, integration of immigrants and the labor market. The researchers also wrote about stock options for employees, health care, currency wars etcetera. If you have a quiet moment during the holidays, we encourage you to…

  • Buchanan's thoughts on politics and power


    30 years after James Buchanan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Niclas Berggren, IFN, and Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, Timbro, discussed the legacy of Buchanan in a podcast turned into a stage talk. One of the issues discussed was the legal policy framework needed, in the event that a politician is driven by self-interest. Donald Trump was mentioned. Niclas Berggren explained that…

  • Film about effects of privatization


    Erik Lundin, researchers at IFN, has studied what transpired when parts of the Swedish electricity distribution sector was privatized. He explains in a short film how economies of scale resulted in: "The acquired networks increased labor efficiency by on average 18 percent, while no effect is found on the price." Since the purchases included several neighboring power grids, previously…

  • Podcast: Research for the benefit of our everyday lives


    Ola Andersson’s research is about risk taking, and also about automated school choice. He talks about both of these fields in a new podcast and also about a new research project that will be launched next year. "We can to place 8500 students in a minute" he says of automated school choice. Which is a substantiel reducion in time – so far it has taken several months. In…

  • "Ever more jobs can be learned on the job"


    Without entrepreneurship and leadership Sweden can not evolve, explained Professor Magnus Henrekson, IFN, at a seminar organized by the trade organization Almega. "People must acquire the right skills. But generally speaking, we tend yo have to much confidence in formal education." He explained that people with motivation, persistence and capacity are needed to work with the structures.…

  • Cooperation between research and business


    Mats Hilding, Managing Director Axelent, visited IFN on Tuesday to present his firm, its expansion and challenges. All in a vivid dialogue with researchers. He explained how Axelent, which manufactures protective equipment for e.g. industrial robots, has grown and now has subsidiaries in 10 countries. Mats Hilding told how the structure of categories of employees has changed over the years.…

  • Pisa study: "We can't be satisfied with a minor improvement"


    "My guess is that we will see a slight improvement in the Swedish results," says Professor Magnus Henrekson in an interview in today's Dagens Samhälle with regard to the Pisa study, which will be presented on Tuesday. Should this be the case, he says, we still can not rest on our laurels. "We really can not be satisfied with a minor improvement." He sums up negative…

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  • First IFN newsletter published in English


    "Market power may lead to an inefficient use of nuclear power, both in the short and long run," writes Sven-Olof Fridolfsson in the first IFN newsletter being published in English. This theme newsletter, written by researchers at IFN, is published twice a year. In the article, Sven-Olof Fridolfsson examines the contested issue of whether market power may lead to underinvestment in…

  • Aviation is important to business!


    The link between air travel and economic activity is very strong, explained Shon Ferguson, IFN, and Richard Forslid, Stockholm University, in the SNS report "Flyget och företagen” (Aviation and business) which was presented on Tuesday. They show that a municipality with half as much distance to the airport has 50 percent higher production. The study also shows that…

  • "Grades may be compared to medicine – both require external control"


    Thursday January 12, Magnus Henrekson was part of a panel discussing how the Swedish education system might move onward following the disclosure of PISA and TIMSS (international assessments of the performance of Swedish students). He explained that competition in the education market requires tests (resulting in grades) being verified by the State or a third party, measuring the knowledge of…

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