Research fellows

Henrik Jordahl

Associate Professor, Program Director

Research interests: Publicly funded services, privatization, and voting behavior.

Among the questions that Henrik Jordahl tries to answer with his research:

  • Why are publicly funded services sometimes contracted out to private providers and sometimes produced in-house by public sector employees?
  • How does the choice between public and private production influence costs and quality of publicly funded services?
  • How can we reform laws, rules and practices to improve the production of publicly funded services?


New research

Merciful yet Effective Elderly Care Performance Management Practices Jannis Angelis and Henrik Jordahl

Selected papers

"Promises, Policies and Pocketbook Voting" (with Mikael Elinder and Panu Poutvaara), European Economic Review, forthcoming. Link

"Political Preferences and Public Sector Outsourcing" (with Mikael Elinder), European Journal of Political Economy 30, 43-57, 2013. Link

"The Right Look: Conservative Politicians Look Better and Voters Reward It" (with Niclas Berggren and Panu Poutvaara), IFN WP 855, February 2012. pdf

"Outsourcing Public Services: Ownership, Competition, Quality and Contracting" (with Fredrik Andersson), IFN Working Paper 874, June 2011. pdf

"The Looks of a Winner: Beauty and Electoral Success" (with Niclas Berggren and Panu Poutvaara), Journal of Public Economics, 94 (1-2), 8-15, 2010. Graphic  Article

"Inequality and Trust in Sweden: Some Inequalities are More Harmful than Others" (with Magnus Gustavsson), Journal of Public Economics, 92 (1-2), 348-365, 2008. pdf


Henrik Jordahl's research papers are also available at Google ScholarIDEAS and SSRN.

Henrik Jordahl


Ph: +46 8 665 4533
Mob: +46 70 938 3858


Henrik Jordahl is Program Director (The Economics of the Service Sector) at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and also External Research Director at the Centre for Business and Policy Studies (SNS) in Stockholm. He received his doctorate in 2002 from Uppsala University, where he is now an associate professor and affiliated with the Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies (UCFS). He is also affiliated with IZA.

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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 programmes 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.

Shaker Zahra, Professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2014. He will receive the award at a ceremony on December 3, in Stockholm.

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