Affiliated researchers

Erik Lindqvist

Assistant Professor

Research interests: Labor economics and political economics.

Among the questions that Erik Lindqvist tries to answer with his research:

  • How do personality traits affect labor market outcomes?”
  • Do positive income shocks improve health outcomes?
  • How are political opinions formed?
  • How important is income and wealth for diverse outcomes during a lifecycle?



New research

The Making of a Manager: Evidence from Military Officer Training Erik Grönqvist and Erik Lindqvist

Erik Lindqvist conducts research within two larger projects.

The first project aims to answer questions about the causal impact of wealth shocks on various life outcomes, such as health, child development, labor supply, and financial choices. To this end, three data sets of Swedish lottery players are matched to rich data from administrative records. The total sample comprise about 400 000 lottery winners and a total prize sum of approximately 1 billion dollars.

The second project investigates questions the role of human capital and skills for labor market outcomes and financial decision making.



 "Wealth, Health, and Child Development: Evidence from Administrative Data on Swedish Lottery Players" (with David Cesarini, Robert Östling and Björn Wallace), Quarterly Journal of Economics, forthcoming.

"The Making of a Manager: Evidence from Military Officer Training" (with Erik Grönqvist), Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming.

"Identity and Redistribution" (med Robert Östling), Public Choice, forthcoming.

"Height and Leadership", Review of Economics and Statistics, 94(4): 1191-1196, 2012.

 "The Labor Market Returns to Cognitive and Noncognitive Ability: Evidence from the Swedish Enlistment" (with Roine Vestman), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(1): 101-128, 2011.

 "On the Sources of the Height-Intelligence Correlation: New Insights from a Bivariate ACE Model with Assortative Mating" (med Jonathan Beauchamp, David Cesarini, Magnus Johannesson and Coren Apicella), Behavior Genetics, 41(2): 242-252, 2011.

 "Planned Treatment and Outcomes in Residential Youth Care: Evidence from Sweden", Children and Youth Services Review, 33(1): 21-27, 2011.

 "Political Polarization and the Size of Government" (med Robert Östling), American Political Science Review, 104(3): 543-565, 2010.

 "Reply to Helle et al" (med David Cesarini och Björn Wallace), Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277(1696): 2913-2914, 2010.

 "Is There an Adverse Effect of Sons on Maternal Longevity?" (med David Cesarini och Björn Wallace), Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 276(1664): 2081-2084, 2009.

 "Does parental age difference affect offspring count in humans? Comment on Fieder and Huber" (med David Cesarini och Björn Wallace), Biology Letters, 4(1): 78-79, 2008.

 "Maternal Longevity and the Sex of Offspring in Pre-Industrial Sweden" (med David Cesarini och Björn Wallace), Annals of Human Biology, 34(5): 535-546, 2007.

Working Papers

"Firms and Skills: The Evolution of Worker Sorting" (with Christina Håkansson and Jonas Vlachos), IFN Working Paper No. 1072.

"Generosity and Political Preferences" (with Christopher T. Dawes, Magnus Johannesson, Peter Loewen, Robert Östling, Marianne Bonde and Frida Priks), IFN Working Paper No. 941.

"Privatization of Credence Goods: Theory and an Application to Residential Youth Care", IFN Working Paper No. 750. Young Economist Award vid European Economic Association annual meeting 2008.

 "Will Privatization Reduce Costs?", IFN Working Paper No. 736.


Erik Lindqvist


Ph: +46 8 736 9252
Mob: +46 73 150 4011


Erik Lindqvist received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics in 2007 and joined IFN as a research fellow the same year. Since 2010 he is assistant professor at the Stockholm School of Economics.


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