Research faculty

Lovisa Persson


Research interests: Privatization of public sector services, the future of the welfare state, local public finance and politics

Some of the questions Lovisa Persson tries to answer in her research:

  • How does privatization of previously publicly monopolized markets affect service quality?

  • What effect does the property tax have on house prices?

  • What political and institutional factors affect local public finances?

New research

Government Consumption Smoothing in a Balanced Budget Regime Lovisa Persson

Lovisa Persson


Ph: +46 8 665 4536


Lovisa Persson defended her thesis on the effects of politics and fiscal institutions on local public finances at Uppsala University in the autumn of 2015. At IFN she primarily works within the research program The Economics of the Service Sector, with special focus on public and private providers of publicly financed services.

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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