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Mikael Elinder

Associate Professor

Research interests: The economics of the service sector, applied microeconomics, behavioral economics, voting behavior and inheritance.

Mikael Elinder is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Uppsala University and affiliated with IFN. At IFN Mikael Elinder is mainly working within the programme "The economics of the service sector". 

New research

Inheritance and Wealth Inequality: Evidence from Population Registers Mikael Elinder, Oscar Erixson and Daniel Waldenström

Mikael Elinder's research deals with applied microeconomics with an inter-diciplinary angel and an empirical focus. Within the research program: The Economics of the Service Sector, I investigate consequences of private and public production of services. I also do research within the areas of voting behavior, economics and psychology, social capital, and inheritance.

Selected publications!

"Consequences of a price incentive on free riding and electric energy consumption" (with Sebastian Escobar och Ingel Petré), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2017.

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"Den ekonomiska människan", Studentlitteratur, 2015.


"Promises, Policies and Pocketbook Voting" (with Henrik Jordahl and Panu Poutvaara), European Economic Review, 2015.


"Gender, Social Norms, and Survival in Maritime Disasters" (with Oscar Erixson), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2012.

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Working papers

"Inheritance and wealth inequality: evidence from population registers" (with Oscar Erixson and Daniel Waldenström), mars 2016. pdf

"Property Taxation, Bounded Rationality and House Prices" (with Lovisa Persson), June 2014. pdf

Published articles

"Promises, Policies and Pocketbook Voting" (with Henrik Jordahl and Panu Poutvaara), European Economic Review, 2015.

"Political preferences and public sector outsourcing" (with Henrik Jordahl), European Journal of Political Economy, 30: 43–57, 2013. pdf

"The impact of inheritances on heirs’ labor and capital income", (with Oscar Erixson and Hery Ohlsson), B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy – Contributions 12(1): Article 61, 2012. pdf

"Tolerance and growth: modeling the empirical relationship" (with Niclas Berggren), Public Choice, 153:495–502, 2012. pdf

"Gender, Social Norms, and Survival in Maritime Disasters" (with Oscar Erixson), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109(33): 13220–13224, 2012. pdf

"Correcting Mistakes: Cognitive Dissonance and Political Attitudes in Sweden and the United States", Public Choice 153(1–2): 235–249, 2012. pdf

"Is Tolerance Good or Bad for Growth?" Public Choice, 150(1–2): 283–308, 2011 (with Niclas Berggren). pdf

"Local Economies and General Elections: The Influence of Municipal and Regional Economic Conditions on Voting in Sweden 1985–2002", European Journal of Political Economy 26(2), 279-292, 2010. pdf

"Trust and Growth: A Shaky Relationship" (with Niclas Berggren och Henrik Jordahl), Empirical Economics 35 (2), 251-274, 2008. pdf


Mikael Elinder


Ph: +46 18 471 1565
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Mikael Elinder is Associate Professor and obtained his PhD in 2008 for the thesis Essays on Economic Voting, Cognitive Dissonance, and Trust


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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.

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Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 15, 2016, in Stockholm.

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