Research faculty

Richard Öhrvall


Research interests: Political participation, corruption, tax financed services, privatization and opinion polls.

Among the questions that Richard Örhvall tries to answer with his research:

  • How equal is different types of political participation and how can we explain inequality in participation?

  • How is the habit of voting or not voting formed, and how does the context affect young people's propensity to vote in their first election?

  • How corrupt is a ”non-corrupt” country such as Sweden and do citizens trust their politicians and civil servants?

  • What are the effects of the increasing non-response in surveys on the survey quality?


New research

Distrust in Utopia? Public Perceptions of Corruption and Political Support in Iceland before and after the Financial Crisis of 2008 Gissur Ó. Erlingsson, Jonas Linde and Richard Öhrvall

Richard Öhrvall's current research projects include studying electoral participation, reforms of Swedish tax financed services and the effects of non-response on political opinion polls.

Publications in International Journals

”Distrust in Utopia? Public Perceptions of Corruption and Political Support in Iceland Before and after the Financial Crisis in 2008” (with Gissur Ó. Erlingsson and Jonas Linde), Government and Opposition, (first view 2015), Link 

”Not so fair after all? Perceptions of procedural fairness and satisfaction with democracy in the Nordic welfare states” (with Gissur Ó. Erlingsson and Jonas Linde), International Journal of Public Administration, 37(2): 106-119, 2014. Link

”The Single-Issue Party Thesis and the Sweden Democrats” (with Gissur Ó. Erlingsson and Kåre Vernby), Acta Politica, 49(2): 196-216, 2014. Link

”Does Election Day Weather Affect Voter Turnout?  Evidence from Swedish Elections” (with Mikael Persson and Anders Sundell), Electoral Studies, 33: 335-342, 2014. Link


Richard Öhrvall


Mob: +46 708 845 875


Richard Öhrvall is a researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and a PhD candidate in political science at Linköping University.


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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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