On-going projects

From Welfare State to Welfare Society

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.

Project manager: Henrik Jordahl and Ilinca Benson, SNS

Jannis Angelis, IFN and KTH; Matz Dahlberg, Uppsala University; Mikael Elinder, Uppsala University and IFN; Eva Hagbjer, Stockholm School of Economics; Anna Häger Glenngård, Lund University and IFN; Anders Lidbom, Uppsala University; Peter Lindgren, IVBAR and Karolinska Institutet; Heléne Lundqvist, Stockholm University; Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, London School of Economics and IFN; Ulrika Winblad, Uppsala University; Richard Öhrvall, IFN and Linköping University; among others.

This research program is focused on the momentous transformation of the production of welfare services which has taken place in Sweden since the end of the 1980s. Competition has been introduced for a number of welfare services and private actors have complemented the public sector as service providers. The program aims at developing research based suggestions on how to improve the Swedish system for the production of publicly funded services.

Studies within the program will mainly focus on governance and quality control in welfare services (compensation systems, management, market dynamics, and quality measures), and provide background to and explanations of the introduction of choice, competition and private providers.

The program’s web page at SNS (in Swedish): Link

Time period: 2012–2015

The program is financed by grants from members of its consultative group, from research foundations, and from individual contributors. 



Angelis, Jannis and Henrik Jordahl (2015). Merciful yet effective elderly care performance management practices. Measuring Business Excellence, 19 (1), 61-69.

Publications in Swedish are listed on the program's corresponding Swedish page.

Conferences are listed on the program’s web page at SNS (in Swedish): Link

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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