Research fellows

Per Skedinger

Associate Professor

Research interests: Labour economics: minimum wages, employment protection legislation, disability and labour market programmes.

Among the questions that Per Skedinger tries to answer with his research:

  • Did the sizeable reductions of payroll taxes for young workers in 2007 and 2009 improve their labour market prospects?
  • What are the effects from minimum wages on employment, unemployment and self-employment among marginal groups, such as young people and refugee immigrants?
  • What are the effects of different components in employment protection legislation, like notice and seniority rules, on employment, worker mobility and wages?
  • Can psychic disorders among young people be explained by their having difficulties on the labour market?

New research

Effects of Payroll Tax Cuts for Young Workers Per Skedinger

Current Research

Disability Insurance Reform and Labour Supply among the Elderly

The purpose of this project is to investigate the impact on labor supply of a reform in 1997, when eligibility for disability insurance pension solely for labour market reasons was abolished for 60-64-year-olds. We examine whether individuals in this age group were more likely to enter into sheltered employment or unemployment after the reform, instead of early retirement. Using detailed information on health status, we are also able to investigate whether the reform triggered shifts in the threshold for being awarded disability pension or entering a labour market programme for the disabled.

The Swedish Minimum Wage System

Very little is known about the complex minimum wage systems in the countries where minimum wages are set through collective bargaining between employers and unions, i.e., the Scandinavian countries, Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The aim of this to provide information about the levels and differentiation of minimum wages in Sweden, examine the effects of minimum wages on employment and other outcomes and to discuss possible consequences of increasing competition from low-wage countries, including the new EU member states.



Per Skedinger


Ph: +46 8 665 4553


Per Skedinger received his PhD in Economics from Uppsala University and is adjunct professor at Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, in Växjö. He was previously employed at the Trade Union Institute for Economic Research (FIEF). He is former editor of the journal Ekonomisk Debatt and former member of the expert group on minimum wages in the EU set up by the ILO and the EU Commission.

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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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