Research fellows

Lars Persson

Professor, Deputy Director

Research interests: Competition policy, entrepreneurship, industrial economics, international investments, R&D, as well as venture capital and private equity.

Among the questions that Lars Persson tries to answer with his research:

  • How does industrial policy affect incentives for entrepreneurs to invest in innovative business projects?
  • What effect has a more protectionist approach to business ownership abroad in regards to efficiency in the domestic structural change?
  • How does tax rules for corporate investments influence the efficiency of the corporate control market?
  • Are social norms corporate company-specific or country-specific?
  • How does the rise of the private equity market affect efficiency in trade and businesses?
  • Do we need more or less diversity to develop businesses?
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New research

Born to be Global and the Globalisation Process Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson

Lars Persson's fields of interest are competition policy, entrepreneurship, industrial economics, international investments, and venture capital and private equity. Currently Lars Persson is conducting research on (i) the interaction between entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and oligopolists in the innovation process, (ii) private equity corporate restructuring, (iii) taxes and entreprenurial innovations (iv) international mergers and corporate restructuring.

Further, Lars Persson is Adjoint Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Lund University, CESifo Fellow (Center for Economic Studies) at the University of Munich, Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) London, and Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. He is also member of the prize committee of Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. He has served as an economic expert judge at the District Court of Stockholm, and has been Visiting Professor at the European University Institute and Purdue University.

 

Published or forthcoming work

"Entrepreneurship Policy and Globalization" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Robin Douhan), Journal of Development Economics. Forthcoming.

"Entrepreneurial Innovations and Taxation" (with Andreas Haufler and Pehr-Johan Norbäck), Journal of Public Economics. Forthcoming.

"Born to Be Global and the Globalization Process" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck), The World Economy. Forthcoming.

"The Evolving Domain of Entrepreneurship Research" (with Bo Carlsson, Pontus Braunerhjelm, Maureen McKelvey, Christer Olofsson and Håkan Ylinenpää), Small Business Economics. Vol 41, No. 4, 2013, 913-930.

"Venture Capitalists and the Patenting of Innovations" (with Simona Fabrizi, Steffen Lippert and Pehr-Johan Norbäck), Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 61, No. 3, 2013, 623-659. An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Entrepreneurial Commercialization Choices and the Interaction between IPR and Competition Policy" (with Joshua S. Gans), Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2013, 131-151. 

"Ex Post Merger Evaluations and Strategic Premerger Investments" (with Richard Friberg and Pehr-Johan Norbäck), Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2012, 831-848. An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Privatization, Investment and Ownership Efficiency" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck), Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 64, No. 4, 2012, 765-786. An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Endogenous Mergers and Collusion in Asymmetric Market Structures" (with Mattias Ganslandt and Helder Vasconcelos), Economica, Vol. 79, No. 316, 2012, 766-791. An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Should Countries Block Foreign Takeovers of R&D Champions and Promote Greenfield Entry" (with Oliver Bertrand, Katariina Nilsson Hakkala and Pehr-Johan Norbäck), Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2012, 1083-1124. An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Entrepreneurial Innovations, Competition and Competition Policy" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck). European Economic Review, Vol. 56, No. 3, 2012, 488-506. An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Antitrust and Regulation in the EU and US: Legal and Economic Perspectives" in François Lévêque and Howard Shelanski, (eds.), Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2009, book review (with Joacim Tåg), Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. XLVIII, No. 4, 2010, pp. 1051–1053.

"The Organization of the Innovation Industry: Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, and Oligopolists" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck). Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 7, No. 6, 2009, 1261-1290.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"On the Anticompetitive Effect of Exclusive Dealing When Entry by Merger is Possible" (with Chiara Fumagalli and Massimo Motta). Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol.54, No. 4, December 2009, 785-811.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Cross-Border Acquisitions and Taxes: Efficiency and Tax Revenues" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Jonas Vlachos). Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 42, No. 4, November 2009, 1473-1500.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions Policy in Service Markets" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck). Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2008, 269–293.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Efficiency and Ownership Structure – The Case of Poland" (with Karl-Markus Modén and Pehr-Johan Norbäck). The World Economy, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2008, 437-460.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Globalization and Profitability of Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck). Economic Theory, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2008, 241–266.

"Investment Liberalization - Why a Restrictive Cross-Border Merger Policy can be Counterproductive'' (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck). Journal of International Economics, Vol. 72, No. 2, 2007, 366–380.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Endogenous Asset Ownership Structures in Deregulated Markets" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck). European Economic Review, Vol. 50, No. 7, October 2006, 1729-1752.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Privatization Policy in an International Oligopoly" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck).  Economica, Vol. 72, No. 288, 2005, 635-653.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"The Failing Firm Defence" Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2005, 175-201.

"Predation and Mergers: Is Merger Law Counterproductive?". European Economic Review, Vol. 48, No. 2, April 2004, 239-258.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Privatization and Foreign Competition" (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck). Journal of International Economics, Vol. 62, No. 2, March 2004, 409-416.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Endogenous Mergers in Concentrated Markets" (with Henrik Horn). International Journal of Industrial Organization, Vol. 19, No. 8, September 2001, 1213-1244.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"The Equilibrium Ownership of an International Oligopoly" (with Henrik Horn). Journal of International Economics, Vol. 53, No. 2, April 2001, 307-333.  An earlier WP version can be found here.

"Asset Ownership in Imperfectly Competitive Markets" Monograph Series, No. 35. Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm, 1998.

 

Lars Persson

Contact

Ph: +46 8 665 4504
lars.persson@ifn.se

Introduction

Lars Persson is Professor in economics, Deputy Director at IFN, and IFN Senior Research Fellow. In addition he is research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London) and Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. He is also a member of the prize committee of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. He has served as an economic expert judge at the District Court of Stockholm, and has been visiting professor at the European University Institute and Purdue University.
 

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