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The Research Institute of Industrial Economics is a private non-profit research institution founded in 1939 by the Federation of Swedish Industries and the Swedish Employers’ Confederation “to conduct research on economic and social issues with relevance for industrial development”. The institute is devoted to independent, non-partisan, high-quality academic research in economics.
The principal of the Foundation is the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, which also finances approximately half of the budget. The remaining share of the budget is financed by research grants from private and public sources. The institute obtains funding for research projects in competition with other leading departments and institutions in our field.
With few exceptions the research staff holds a doctorate in economics. The staff size has been fairly stable over the years, comprising of about 20 full-time researchers.
- Conduct independent research of the highest international academic standing in areas relevant for the private sector in Sweden and internationally.
- Provide high quality analysis and policy recommendations for public and private decision-makers on current and emerging policy issues facing the Swedish private sector in an increasingly interdependent world.
- Disseminate research results through publications and seminars, commentary and analysis in media as well as provide background information for journalists and other activities.
The researchers at the institute are unified by the conviction that economics is a powerful tool for understanding society. Our research is non-partisan and independent. Professional integrity and objectivity are guiding principles for all research and analysis conducted at the institute. These qualities are ensured by maintaining the highest academic standards as well as policies and practices governing the funding and dissemination of our research. The Research Institute of Industrial Economics provides analysis and recommendations relevant for public policy on a non-exclusive basis. No research funding, neither personal nor institutional, is accepted for a project with a stipulated or predetermined result or policy stance. Any result of scholarly activity is freely disseminated.