Building Bridges and Challenging Conventions – Perspectives on IFN

Author(s): Anders Johnson
Year: 2012Pages: 92Publisher: SamhällsförlagetCity: Stockholm, Sweden
ISBN: 978-91-979432-9-1

Building Bridges and Challenging Conventions – Perspectives on IFN Anders Johnson

In this publication, Anders Johnson traces the development and activities of IFN since its inception in 1939 to the present.

The Research Institute of Industrial Economics (Institutet för Näringslivsforskning, IFN) was founded in 1939. It grew into Sweden’s largest institute for applied economic research on issues relevant to trade and
industry, and was for a long time the country’s only such institution. Many studies have also addressed issues in economic history and geography, business, finance, sociology, and engineering.

The institute has two important functions: first, to build bridges between academia and industry; and second, to promote greater diversity in Swedish social science research, challenge conventional wisdom, and offer alternative perspectives on the economy.

Initially, the institute was named the Industrial Institute for Economic and Social Research (Industriens Utredningsinstitut, IUI). While at first focusing mainly on manufacturing, the researchers soon began to study other sectors of the economy as well. The name was changed to IFN (Institutet för Näringslivsforskning) in 2006 to better reflect the breadth of its research activities.

Johnson is a writer and former editor-in-chief of the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, and has authored more than forty books on the history of trade and industry. 


Johnson, Anders (2012), Building Bridges and Challenging Conventions – Perspectives on IFN. Stockholm: Samhällsförlaget.

Sick of Inequality?

An Introduction to the Relationship between Inequality and Health

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In this book Andreas Bergh, Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, and Daniel Waldenström, IFN and Paris School of Economics, France, review the latest research on the relationship between inequality and health. What does inequality mean for our health? Does increasing income inequality affect outcomes such as obesity, life expectancy and subjective well-being?


Seminars organized by IFN


To present ongoing research informal brown-bag seminars are held on Mondays at 11:30 am. This is an opportunity for IFN researchers to test ideas and results.

Academically oriented seminars are most of the time held on Wednesdays at 10 am. At these events researchers from IFN and other institutions present their research.

In addition, IFN organizes seminars open to the public. Topics for these are derived from the IFN research.

Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Grevgatan 34 - 2 fl, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden | Phone: +46-(0)8-665 45 00 | info@ifn.se