Research faculty

Mårten Blix


Research interests: Digitalization and its effects on the economy, financing and efficiency of public welfare systems.

Some of the questions Mårten Blix tries to answer in his research:

  • What are the macroeconomic consequences of changing microfoundations driven by digitalization and technical change?
  • What are the effects on the labor market from digitalization, especially on employment and income distributions?
  • Are tax bases becoming more mobile and what does this imply for financing of public welfare?
  • What lessons can we learn from how public welfare services are provided in Sweden?

My current work is focused on digitalization and structural change in the economy. My recent report on "Digitalization and the economy," is available for download now. I am now working on a book that examines what digitalization may imply for the modern welfare state in terms of challenges for financing welfare and the functioning of the labor market.

I have more than 15 years of experience from senior management positions in policy institutions: the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and the Riksbank. I have also been seconded to the Prime Minister's Office as secretary in the Commission for the the Future of Sweden. I am now on a leave of absence from the Ministry of Finance. Previously I have been chief economist at the Ministry of Industry and held several senior positions at the Riksbank (the Swedish Central Bank) and the ECB (European Central bank). I have a PhD in Economics from Stockholm University and an MSc/BSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.

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Mårten Blix



Mårten Blix has a Ph.D. in Economics and is former secretary of the Commission on the Future of Sweden. He has worked in various management positions at the Riksbank, at the Ministries of Finance and Enterprise, and been expert at the European Central Bank.

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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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