Graduate students and Research assistants

Simon Ek

research assistant

Research interests: Labor economics, policy evaluations and econometrics

Simon Ek received his master degree during spring 2016 at Uppsala University. The thesis studied the employment effects of minimum wage increases in the hospitality industry in Sweden using micro data from Visita.

Simon Ek


Ph: +46 (0)8 665 4518


Before joining IFN. Simon Ek spent the summer 2016 as a research assistant at IFAU. There, he built a dataset with information from the National Archives, collecting collective agreements and providing statistics to the forthcoming economic council report issued by SNS.

During his studies, Simon Ek  has worked as a lecturer for Ekonomifakta and was also engaged in the student orchestra world in Uppsala.


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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