Past Conferences

The Economics of Ownership, Organization and Industrial Development

IFN Stockholm Conference in Vaxholm 10–11 September 2009

There is an increased awareness of the importance of the interaction between firms with different types of ownership form and organizational form in the industrial development process. For example, private equity funds have during the last decade become important owners of corporate assets in many countries. But the activities of private equity funds are sometimes met with concern from policy makers and the media, who argue that shortsightedness and an aggressive search for profits can lead to inefficiencies and increased unemployment. Simultaneously, there are worries that large established publicly held firms impede industrial development through pre-emptive behavior towards small privately owned firms.

To advance research in this area, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) is organizing an international two-day conference on the economics of ownership, organization and industrial development. The first purpose of the workshop is to contribute to the understanding of the interaction between ownership and organizational form and its effects on firm behavior. The second purpose is to enhance our understanding of the economic effects of private equity and venture capital activity. In particular, the focus is on real economic effects such as effects on innovation, restructuring, productivity, employment, and welfare.

We would kindly ask you to send us the title of the paper you will present at the conference as soon as possible (to Note that we need the full paper by August 15 to ensure constructive discussions. We would also like to remind you to inform us about your arrival and departure dates (including flight numbers) as soon as possible but no later than August 3, so that we can make hotel reservations and coordinate transfers from the airport to the conference venue. For participants arriving on September 9 we will arrange an informal pre-conference dinner. Please also inform us about diet restrictions or any other special requests. Send your travel information to Elisabeth Gustafsson,

The conference is hosted by IFN and organized by Magnus Henrekson (IFN), Lars Persson (IFN) and Joacim Tåg (IFN) with financial support from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

For more information please contact Joacim Tåg (

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The Research Institute of Industrial Economics, IFN, is a private and independent foundation devoted to pursuing highly relevant research for trade and industry.

The researchers at IFN are united in their belief that economic methods offer a powerful tool for understanding society.

The main research programs are:

  1. economics of entrepreneurship
  2. globalization and corporate restructuring
  3. economics of the service sector
  4. economics of the electricity markets
  5. economics of institutions and culture.

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