The Economics of the Service Sector

On-going projects

IFN is maintaining and strengthening our research on services with a strong public component. 

The research projects aims at studying behavioral aspects of institutional design. The starting premise is that an institution is a formal centralized structure. There are numerous examples of such structures: creating a centralized public procurement, creating spectrum license auctions, allocating school children to schools, matching kidney patients to donors.  

This project studies the location decisions of Swedish independent start-up schools, and how these decisions are affected by factors that vary between geographical regions.

The aim of this project is to provide information about the levels and differentiation of minimum wages in Sweden, as well as examine the effects of minimum wages on employment and other outcomes.

This is a study of the effects of employment protection - in Sweden and in other countries.

We measure productivity in retailing and analyze the effects of entry of ”big box” stores on local markets.

The purpose of this research project is to conduct a dynamic analysis of demand and market structure in retail food.

In this project, we use Swedish data from military enlistment to study the importance of different personality traits for wages, earnings and unemployment.

The central role of human capital for productivity is widely acknowledged in the economic sciences. This project studies the distribution of human capital across firms over time.

This study concerns the location of the hospitality sector in Sweden.

This study focuses on the types, implementation and location of innovation in the hospitality sector.

In cooperation with SNS (Centre for Business and Policy Studies) IFN has started a program on measures for improving the Swedish system for the production of welfare services. The program will contain research conducted at IFN and by external researchers, as well as popular science and public seminars published and organized by SNS.

International cooperation

Visiting researchers

Collaborating with others is essential for IFN as a research institute. Our researchers co-author articles with colleagues from other institutes, and many also teach at various universities and colleges.

As part of our extensive program of guest researchers, leading international researchers visit the institute. The visitors present and pursue their research as well as interact and cooperate with researchers at IFN.

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