Affiliated researchers

Christian Bjørnskov


Research interests: Institutional economics and public choice; development economics; trust and social capital; the role of ideology in politics.


Some of the questions I try to answer in my research:

  • How does trust affect institutional and economic performance?
  • Why do formal institutions differ so much across the world?
  • Which policies are ideological and when does ideology matter?
  • How does foreign aid and domestic policies affect developing countries?


New research

And Yet It Grows: Crisis, Ideology, and Interventionist Policy Ratchets Christian Bjørnskov and Martin Rode

Christian Bjørnskov


Ph: +45 87 16 48 19
Mob: +45 20 12 03 84


Christian Bjørnskov received his PhD in economics from Aarhus School of Business in 2005 and is now professor of economics at the Department of Economics and Business at Aarhus University. His research interests include public choice, institutional economics and development economics. 


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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.

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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