Affiliated researchers

Petra Persson


Research interests: Public economics, labor economics

Some of Petra Persson's current research projects:

  • Family Ruptures, Stress, and the Mental Health of the Next Generation
  • Social Insurance and the Marriage Market
  • The Long-term Consequences of Teacher Discretion in Grading
  • Social Insurance, Complexity, and Household Inequality

New research

The Limits of Career Concerns in Federalism: Evidence from China Petra Persson and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Petra Person's work has received competitive funding by a range of institutions, including The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the United States Social Security Administration, The Boston College Center for Retirement Research, and the Hewlett Foundation/Institute of International Education for research in Population, Reproductive Health and Economic Development.

Petra Persson



Petra Persson received her MSc. degree at Stockholm School of Economics in 2006, after which she spent a year working as a research assistant in China and Russia. She earned her PhD in March 2013 at Columbia University and was appointed Assistant Professor at Stanford University in July 2014. Since 2012 she is research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Boston, MA.

Leading Research Environment

IFN at the top


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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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