Research fellows

Tino Sanandaji


Research interests: The economy of entrepreneurship, taxes and public economy.

Among the questions that Tino Sanandaji tries to answer with his research:

  • Do self-employed and entrepreneurs differ from each other? Is it appropriate to use data on self-employed for the study of entrepreneurs?
  • What role do taxes play in regards to the growth of entrepreneurial companies? How does ownership taxes overall affect the national economy?
  • What are the institutional factors of importance for the rise of extremely successful 'super entrepreneurs' such as Steve Jobs and Ingvar Kamprad?

New research

Does College Education Reduce Small Business Failure? Andrea Asoni and Tino Sanandaji

Tino Sanandaji's main research interests are in entrepreneurship policy and in public economics. Among other things he is researching the difference between self-employment and innovative entrepreneurship and the impact of taxation on entrepreneurial activity.

Tino Sanandaji


Mob: +46 72 323 0694


Tino Sanandaji came from Iran to Sweden in 1989. He has a M.Sc. degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, and M.A in Economics and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.



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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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