Affiliated researchers

Verena Wondratschek

Assistant Professor

Research interests: Labour economics, economics of education, and applied microeconometrics.

Among the questions that Verena Wondratschek tries to answer with her research:

  • Does more parental school choice increase student outcomes?
  • Do students from different socio-economic background benefit more or less from a free school choice policy?
  • What is the importance of children’s social skills for their later labour market success?



New research

Sweden's School Choice Reform and Equality of Opportunity Karin Edmark, Markus Frölich and Verena Wondratschek

At IFN, Verena Wondratschek works together with Karin Edmark (and Markus Frölich from the University of Mannheim) on the effects of free parental school choice on student outcomes.

Verena Wondratschek




Verena Wondratschek works at the University of Mainz, Germany. She studied economics in Mannheim and Toronto and received her doctoral degree in economics at the University of Mannheim in December 2012. Her thesis is entitled "Essays on Skills, School Choice and their Longterm Consequences".


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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 programmes 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.

Shaker Zahra, Professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2014. He will receive the award at a ceremony on December 3, in Stockholm.

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