Popular science and Book reviews


In this publication series you will find book reviews and popular scientific articles, including opinion pieces. The majority of the articles are available for download.

Only papers in English are listed on this page. The complete list of book reviews and popular scientific articles can be found on our Swedish page.

International Profiles of Health Care Systems, May 31, 2017

The Swedish Health Care System

Anna Häger Glenngård

All three levels of Swedish government are involved in the health care system. At the national level, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible for overall health and health care policy, working in concert with eight national government agencies.

At the regional level, 12 county councils and nine regional bodies are responsible for financing and delivering health services to citizens.

At the local level, 290 municipalities are responsible for care of the elderly and the disabled. The local and regional authorities are represented by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR).

2017-04-26 VOX - CEPR

Political selection and the path to inclusive meritocracy

Ernesto Dal Bó, Frederico Finan, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson and Johanna Rickne

Ancient Athenians drew lots to determine who served in public office, but oligarchs at that time (and ever since) have argued that there is a trade-off between competence and fair representation. This column uses Swedish population data on cognitive and leadership ability to argue that democracy in Sweden has created government by competent people who are representative of all walks of life. Sweden’s inclusive meritocracy suggests that electoral democracy can help us avoid the tension between representation and competence.

Milken Institute Review, January 17, 2017

The Swedish Economy Triumph of Social Democracy – or Serendipity?

Andreas Bergh

In 2016, Sweden came out on top of the Reputation Institute's yearly ranking of 55 countries according to how people viewed them as places to live and work. The same year, Sweden outranked 162 other countries to reach the number-one spot in the Good Country Index, based on its ranking on 35 UN and World Bank criteria ranging from living standards to environmental sustainability.

2016 Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education

Who’s to produce and who’s to choose

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren

The question how should the qualifications of students be assessed is one of the most defining and important aspects of any education system.

2016-07-28 Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society (FIRES)

The Institutional Evolution of Labour Market Institutions in Europe and Entrepreneurship

Gerarda Westerhuis and Magnus Henrekson

What is the impact of labour market institu­tions on entrepreneurial activity? Recently it has been argued that flexible labour market institutions have a positive influence on entre­preneurial activity. No doubt, labour mobility is an important condition for entrepreneur­ship.

The institutions governing the allocation of labour and talent in society enable entrepre­neurs to develop their businesses and affect the willingness of employees to be(come) entrepreneurial. In this paper we analyse these institutions by reviewing labour market regulation in European coun­tries from a historical perspective.


An Agenda for Europe

Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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The authors of this book, Niklas Elert, Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula, advise the economies of the European Union to become more entrepreneurial in promoting innovation and economic growth. The authors propose a reform strategy with respect to several aspects to achieve this goal.


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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.

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