Research fellows

Sven-Olof Fridolfsson


Research interests: Industrial economics, competition policy, electricity markets and applied microeconomics

Among the questions that Sven-Olof Fridolfsson tries to answer with his research:

  • Can the right to build new nuclear power plants be auctioned off?
  • How does cross ownership of nuclear capacity affect capacity utilization in nuclear plants?
  • Can green certificates for renewable electricity crowd out non-certified, older and cheaper renewable electricity?
  • Should leniency programs for cartel members be combined with high fines or with resources to detect cartels?

New research

A Reexamination of Renewable Electricity Policy in Sweden Sven-Olof Fridolfsson and Thomas Tangerås

Refereed Publications

"A Reexamination of Renewable Electricity Policy in Sweden", with Thomas Tangerås. Forthcoming in Energy Policy.

"Fines, Leniency and Rewards in Antitrust" with Maria Bigoni, Chloé Le Coq and Giancarlo Spagnolo. The Rand Journal of Economics, Summer 2012, 43(2), 368-390.

"Industry Concentration and Welfare – On the Use of Stock Market Evidence from Horizontal Mergers", with Johan Stennek. Economica, 77, October 2010, 734-750. The Web-Appendix can be found here.

"Market Power in the Nordic Electricity Wholesale Market: A Survey of the Empirical Evidence", with Thomas Tangerås. Energy Policy, 37(9), September 2009, 3681-3692.

"A Consumer Surplus Defense in Merger Control". In The Political Economy of Antitrust, Vivek Ghosal and Johan Stennek (Eds.), Elsevier, 2007, 287-302.

"Hold-up of Anti-Competitive Mergers", with Johan Stennek. International Journal of Industrial Organization, December 2005, 23(9-10), 753-775.

"Why Mergers Reduce Profits and Raise Share Prices – A Theory of Preemptive Mergers", with Johan Stennek. Journal of the European Economic Association, September 2005, 3(5), 1083-1104. 


Other Publications, Reports

"Investeringar på elmarknaden - fyra förslag för förbättrad funktion", with Thomas Tangerås. Regeringskansliet, Finansdepartementet, Expertgruppen för miljöstudier, 2011:5.

"Slöseri att inte genast införa timdebitering av hushållsel", with Thomas Tangerås. Dagens Nyheter, November 11, 2011.

"Norge låg bakom vinterns rekordhöga svenska elpriser", with Thomas Tangerås. Dagens Nyheter, October 1, 2010.

"Släpp fram fler ägare till svenska kärnkraftverk", with Thomas Tangerås. Svenska Dagbladet, June 17, 2010.

"Priserna på elmarknaden måste tåla en granskning", with Thomas Tangerås. Dagens Nyheter, December 29, 2009.

"Fungerar konkurrensen på elmarknaden?", with Thomas Tangerås, Ekonomisk Debatt, nr 8, 2009.

"Piska bättre än morot när hushållen ska spara energi", with Thomas Tangerås. Dagens Nyheter, July 14, 2009.

"Ex-Post Review of Merger Control Decisions", with Paolo Buccirossi, Lorenzo Ciari, Tomaso Duso, Giancarlo Spagnolo and Cristiana Vitale. Report for the DG Competition of the European Commission, 2007.

"En ekonomisk analys av olika målsättningar för kontroll av företagskoncentrationer". Konkurrensverkets A4-serie, 2002. Report for the Swedish Competition Authority on the Objectives of Merger Control.

Essays on Endogenous Merger Theory, Ph. D. in Economics 2001:1, Stockholm University.


Working Papers

"Nuclear Capacity Auctions", with Thomas Tangerås, IFN Working Paper no 892,  2011.

"Trust, Salience and Deterrrence: Evidence from an Antitrust Experiment", with Maria Bigoni, Chloé Le Coq and Giancarlo Spagnolo, IFN Working Paper no 859, 2011.

"Anti- versus Pro-Competitive Mergers", IFN Working Paper no 694, 2007.


Work in Progress

"Why Targets Take it All", with Johan Stennek.

Sven-Olof Fridolfsson


Ph: +46 (0)8 665 4554


Sven-Olof Fridolfsson received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Stockholm. The topic was "Essays on endogenous merger theory".  Sven-Olof Fridolfsson has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, United States, and Toulouse School of Economics, France.


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