The research and researchers at the Institute are unified by the conviction that economics is an incomparably powerful tool for understanding society. Our research is non-partisan and independent. Professional integrity and objectivity are guiding principles for all research and analysis conducted at the Institute.
The focus on these qualities is ensured by maintaining the highest academic standards as well as policies and practices governing the funding and dissemination of our research. We provide analysis and recommendations relevant for public policy on a non-exclusive basis. No research funding, neither personal nor institutional, is accepted for a project with a stipulated or predetermined result or policy stance. Any result of scholarly activity is freely disseminated. The Institute currently holds five large research programs:
The Economics of Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is of crucial importance for realizing new ideas in well-functioning enterprises and contributing to economic growth. In spite of its significance, entrepreneurship is still a relatively unexplored area within the field of economics. We want to change that by examining the underpinnings of entrepreneurship, including patent issues and policies regarding research and development.
Globalization and Corporate Restructuring. Today’s increasing international economic integration gives rise to both opportunities for and threats to Swedish corporations and employees. Economic integration also influences society as a whole in a number of different ways. By studying trade agreements, economic policy, and ownership issues, among other topics, we offer new understandings of how globalization’s positive effects are best harnessed and how its negative effects can likewise be assuaged.
The Economics of the Service Sector.The bulk of Sweden’s labor force is employed in the service sector, including business services, personal consumption services and services financed by the public sector. Research on topics ranging from immaterial investments to the differences between the production of services under private and public management combine to provide a deeper understanding of the economy’s service industry.
The Economics of Electricity Markets. A dependable, cost-efficient electricity supply is among the foundations of a modern society. Yet many people wonder how well the electricity supply is functioning in Sweden and in other countries that have deregulated their electricity markets. In this research program, we study the creation of electricity prices, electricity supply networks, and investment incentives with the aim of identifying possible improvements to the structure of the electricity market.
The Economics of Institutions and Culture. An economy does not function in a vacuum but consists of people of flesh and blood, with moral values, attitudes towards their fellow human beings and an ability to be affected by laws, rules and norms. This research program at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) studies how factors of this kind influence human behavior and, thereby, the way the economy functions – but also how the economy in turn influences morality, norms and social attitudes.
Our researchers are also engaged in a number of individual research projects in addition to these five programs.