Affiliated researchers

Åsa Hansson

Associate Professor

Research interests: Public economic and public finance. Impact of taxation on individual and firm behavior, as well as the economy at large.

Among the questions that Åsa Hansson tries to answer with her research:

  • How harmful is taxation for investments?
  • What types of taxation are most harmful for economic growth and investments?
  • Are differences in corporate tax rates across countries due to economic or political differences? 
  • How should tax systems be designed in less developed countries in order to meet the increased revenue requirements these countries face when they enter free trade agreements?


New research

The Importance of the Political Process on Corporate Tax Policy Åsa Hansson, Susan Porter and Susan Perry Williams

Åsa Hansson’s research focuses on the behavioral aspects of taxation concerning both individuals and firms. A large part of her research centers around the effects globalization and increased tax competition have on current tax systems and public expenditures, and how tax systems should be designed in order to attract and retain economic activities. Åsa is currently involved in several projects concerning (i) various taxes impact on FDI, growth, and firm start-ups, (ii) tax uncertainty and investments, (iii) design of tax systems in less-developed countries in order to meet their increased demand for revenues when revenues from customs decline due to free trade agreements. Åsa Hansson’s work has been published in international scientific journals, book chapters, and in policy reports.


Åsa Hansson


Ph: +46 46 222 8674
Mob: +46 70 958 4889


Åsa Hansson received her Ph.D. in 2001 from Lund University on a dissertation analyzing the limits of tax policy. A large part of her graduate studies were done at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Since 2012 she is a research Fellow at IFN. She was a member of the Danish Tax Commission in 2008-2009. Currently she is a member of the Swedish Corporate Tax Commission.


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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.

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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