Research fellows

Joacim Tåg

Ph.D., Program Director

Research interests: Entrepreneurship and the economics of corporate ownership.

Among the questions that Joacim Tåg tries to answer with his research:

  • How does different corporate ownership forms and changes in corporate ownership affect society?
  • How can the government encourage innovation and entrepreneurship?
  • How should the telecommunications industry be regulated?

New research

Acquisitions, Entry, and Innovation in Oligopolistic Network Industries Pehr-Johan Norbäck, Lars Persson and Joacim Tåg

Joacim is currently working with Swedish registry based matched employer-employee datasets to answer policy-relevant research questions the intersection between industrial organization, corporate finance, and entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested in corporate restructuring, ownership changes, financial constraints, and the role played by entrepreneurs, venture capital, and private equity firms in the industrial development process. Joacim has also done theoretical work on competition policy and regulation in the telecommunications and media industry.

Working Papers

Tangerås, Thomas and Joacim Tåg. 2014. “International Network Competition.” IFN Working Paper No. 1005 [ IFN ]

Rider, Christopher I., Peter Thompson, Aleksandra Kacperczyk and Joacim Tåg. 2013. "Experience and Entrepreneurship." IFN Working Paper No. 970. [RePEc]

Tåg, Joacim, Thomas Åstebro and Peter Thompson. 2013. "Hierarchies, the Small Firm Effect, and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Swedish Microdata." IFN Working Paper No. 954 [RePEc]

Norbäck, Pehr-Johan, Lars Persson and Joacim Tåg. 2013. "Acquisitions, Ownership Efficiency, and the Tax Shield of Debt." [Preliminary version, old version: RePEc]

Norbäck, Pehr-Johan, Lars Persson and Joacim Tåg. 2013. "Buying to Sell: Private Equity Buyouts and Industrial Restructuring." CEPR Discussion Paper No 8992 [RePEc] [Latest version]

Olsson, Martin and Joacim Tåg. 2012. "Private Equity and Employees." IFN Working Paper No. 906 [RePEc]

Publications in International Journals

Norbäck, Pehr-Johan, Lars Persson and Joacim Tåg. 2014. "Acquisitions, Entry, and Innovation in Oligopolistic Network Industries" International Journal of Industrial Organization 37: 1–12, 2014 [RePEc]

Tåg, Joacim. 2013. “Production Hierarchies in Sweden.” Economics Letters 121: 210-213. [Download]

Lerner, Josh and Joacim Tåg. 2013. "Institutions and Venture Capital." Industrial and Corporate Change 22: 153–182. [Download]

Economides, Nicholas and Joacim Tåg. 2012. "Net Neutrality on the Internet: A Two-sided Market Analysis." Information Economics and Policy 24: 91-104 [RePEc]

Tåg, Joacim. 2009. "Paying to Remove Advertisements." Information Economics and Policy 21: 245-252. [RePEc]

Tåg, Joacim. 2009. "Competing Platforms and Third Party Application Developers." Communication & Strategies 74: 95-114. [RePEc]

Book Chapters and Other Publications

Tåg, Joacim. 2013. "Riskkapital till entreprenörer: Vilken roll spelar finansmarknaderna, skattepolitiken och arbetsmarknadsregleringarna?" In  "Swedish Economic Forum Report 2013: Institutioner och Incitament för Innovation", Entreprenörskapsforum.

Economides, Nicholas and Joacim Tåg. 2013. "Net Neutrality and Net Management Regulation: Quality of Service, Price Discrimination, and Exclusive Contracts." In Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet, edited by Ian Brown. Edward Elgar.  [RePEc]

Tåg, Joacim. 2012. "The Real Effects of Private Equity Buyouts." In The Oxford Handbook of Private Equity, edited by Douglas Cumming. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [RePEc]

Persson, Lars and Joacim Tåg. 2010. "Book Review: Antitrust and Regulation in the EU and US: Legal and Economic Perspectives." Journal of Economic Literature 48: 1051-1053

Tåg, Joacim. 2009. "Policies och Regleringar i Telekommunikations-, Media- och Teknologiindustrierna." Ekonomiska Samfundets Tidsskrift (2/09): 83-87

Tåg, Joacim. 2008. "Essays on Platforms: Business Strategies, Regulation and Policy in Telecommunications, Media and Technology Industries." Economics and Society, PhD diss, Hanken School of Economics.

Joacim Tåg


Ph: +46 8 665 4524


Joacim Tåg holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, and was an ALSA-Fulbright Visiting Scholar at New York University in 2006/2007.




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