Graduate students and Research assistants

Wolf von Laer

Ph.D. Student

Research interests: Public Choice, Austrian Economics, Classical-Liberalism


Some questions that Wolf von Laer tries to answer in his research: 

  • How do the main stake-holders (bureaucracy, legislators, voters, interest-groups) respond to a crisis?
  • Does public choice explain the changes of behavior one observes throughout crises?
  • Is behavioral science a better explanation for some of the processes observed within crises?
  • Is regime-uncertainty a good explanation for the slow US American recovery after the Great Recession (co-author Dr. Adam Martin)?

New research

Regime Uncertainty and the Great Recession: A Market-Process Approach Wolf von Laer and Adam G. Martin

Wolf von Laer



Wolf von Laer is a Ph.D. Student in political economy at King’s College London, where he is writing a thesis analyzing public choice processes during crises. Wolf is the author of the German book Problems of the Established Central-Banking System - Free Banking as an Alternative? and winner of the 2011 Vernon Smith Essay Contest with his article "The Decline of the Rule of Law & the Emergence of Regime Uncertainty."  Additionally, Wolf holds a graduate student scholarship from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and is a fellow of the Institute for Humane Studies and an Adam Smith Fellow of the Mercatus Center. Wolf earned a master’s degree in economics of the Austrian school from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and a BA in economics and social sciences from the University of Erfurt.

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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.

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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