The Economics of the Service Sector


Research Reports and Articles

Heller Sahlgren, Gabriel (2016). Retirement blues. IFN Working Paper No. 1114. Link

Lindbeck, Assar, Mårten Palme and Mats Persson (2016). Sickness absence and local benefit cultures. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 118 (1), 49–78.

Glenngård, Anna Häger (2016). Experiences from introducing a quasi-market in Swedish primary care: Fulfillment of objectives and assessment of provider activities. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, 20 (1), 71-86

Skedinger, Per (2015). Employment effects of union-bargained minimum wages: Evidence from Sweden´s retail sector”, International Journal of Manpower, 36, 694-720.

Wennström, Johan (2015). New public management also came from the left: The case of Swedish primary and secondary education. IFN Working Paper No. 1087. Link

Håkanson, Christina, Erik Lindqvist and Jonas Vlachos (2015). Firms and skills: The evolution of worker sorting. IFN Working Paper No. 1072. Link

Grönqvist, Erik and Erik Lindqvist (2015). The making of a manager: Evidence from military officer training. IFN Working Paper No. 1069. Forthcoming in Journal of Labor EconomicsLink

Klaesson, Johan and Özge Öner (2015). Market reach for retail services. Review of Regional Studies, 44 (2), 153–176.

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

Lundborg, Per and Per Skedinger (2014). Employer attitudes towards refugee immigrants, IFN Working Paper No. 1025.

Lundborg, Per and Per Skedinger (2014). Minimum wages and the integration of refugee immigrants. IFN Working Paper No. 1017.

Edmark, Karin, Markus Frölich and Verena Wondratschek (2014). Sweden's school choice reform and equality of opportunity. Labour Economics, 30 (October), 129–142. Link

Angelis, Jannis (2014). Strategic management of global manufacturing networks. Production Planning and Control, 26 (13).

Elinder, Mikael and Lovisa Persson (2014). Property taxes, bounded rationality and house prices. IFN Working Paper No. 1029. Link 

Andersson, Ola, Marieke Huysentruyt, Topi Miettinen and Ute Stephan (2014). Person-Organization Fit and Incentives: A Causal Test. IFN Working Paper No.1010. Forthcoming as "Person-Organization Fit: A Causal Test" in Management Science. Link

Skedinger, Per (2014). Effects of payroll taxes for young workers. Nordic Economic Policy Review, 4 (1), 125-169. Link

Andersson, Ola, Håkan Holm, Jean-Robert Tyran and Erik Wengström (2013). Risking other people’s money: Experimental evidence on bonus schemes, competition, and altruism. IFN Working Paper No. 989. Link

Orth, Matilda och Florin Maican (2013). Entry regulations, product differentiation and determinants of market structure. IFN Workinig Paper No. 984. Link

Wondratschek, Verena, Karin Edmark and Markus Frölich (2013). The short- and long-term effects of school choice on student outcomes – Evidence from a school choice reform in Sweden. IFN Working Paper No. 981. Published in Annals of Economics and Statistics, 111-112, 71-102. Link

Andersson, Christer, Ola Andersson and Tommy Andersson (2013). "Sealed Bid Auctions vs. Ascending Bid Auctions: An Experimental Study", Review of Economic Design, 17 (1), 1-16.

Ola Andersson, Håkan J. Holm, Jean-Robert Tyran and Erik Wengström (2013). Deciding for others reduces loss aversion. IFN Working Paper No. 976. Forthcoming in Management ScienceLink 

Angelis, Jannis och Jelena Siraliova (2013). Sector specificity and process impact. Journal of International Business: Innovations, Psychology, Economics, 4 (1), 43-52.

Linbeck, Assar and Mats Persson (2012). "A continuous model of income insurance". Forthcoming in International Tax and Public Finance

Andersson, Tommy, Christer Andersson and Fredrik Andersson (2012). "An Empirical Investigation of Efficiency and Price Uniformity in Competing Auctions". Economics Letters, 116 (1), 99-101. Link

Maican, Florin and Matilda Orth (2012). "A Dynamic Analysis of Regulation and Productivity in Retail Trade." IFN Working Paper No. 939. Link

Norbäck, Pehr-Johan, Jing-Lin Duanmu and Per Skedinger (2012). "Employment Protection and Multinational Enterprises: Theory and Evidence from Micro Data." IFN Working Paper No. 935. Link

Böhlmark, Anders, Erik Grönqvist and Jonas Vlachos (2012). "The Headmaster Ritual: The Importance of Management for School Outcomes." IFN Working Paper No. 931. Link

Sahlgren, Gabriel H. (2012). Work ‘til you drop: Short- and longer-term health effects of retirement in Europe. IFN Working Paper No. 928. Link

Andersson, Ola, Cédric Argenton and Jörgen W. Weibull (2012). Robustness to strategic uncertainty. IFN Working Paper No. 910. Published in Games and Economic Behavior, 85 (May), 272-288, 2014. Link

Maican, Florin and Matilda Orth (2012). Productivity dnamics and the role of 'big-box' entrants in retailing." IFN Working Paper No. 898. Link

Niepel, Verena (2011). The importance of cognitive and social skills for the duration of unemployment. IFN Working Paper No. 871. Link

Pattacchini, Eleonora and Yves Zenou (2011). Neighborhood effects and parental involvement in the intergenerational transmission of education. Journal of Regional Science, 51 (5), 987–1013. Link

Elinder, Mikael and Henrik Jordahl (2011). Political preferences and public sector outsourcing. IFN Working Paper No. 877. Published in European Journal of Political Economy, 30, 43-57, 2013. Link

Heyman, Fredrik and Per Skedinger (2011). "Employment Protection Reform, Enforcement in Collective Agreements and Worker Flows." IFN Working Paper No. 876. Forthcoming in Industrial RelationsLink

Andersson, Fredrik and Henrik Jordahl (2011). "Outsourcing Public Services: Ownership, Competition, Quality and Contracting." IFN Working Paper No. 874. Link

Skedinger, Per (2011). Effects of increasing minimum wages on employment and hours: Evidence from Sweden’s retail sector." IFN Working Paper No. 869. Published as "Employment effects of union-bargained minimum wages: Evidence from Sweden´s retail sector" in International Journal of Manpower, 36 (5), 694-710.  Link

Edquist, Harald (2011). "Intangible Investment and the Swedish Manufacturing and Service Sector Paradox." IFN Working Paper No. 863. Link

Lindbeck, Assar (2011). "Comment on Skedinger: Employment Consequences of Employment Protection Legislation". Nordic Economic Policy Review, 2 (1), 85-90. Link

Skedinger, Per (2011). "Employment Consequences of Employment Protection Legislation". Nordic Economic Policy Review, 2 (1), 45-83. Link

Andersson, Fredrik (2010). "On the Cost-vs-Quality Tradeoff in Make-or-Buy Decisions." Working Paper 2010:2. Department of Economics, Lund University. Link

Adermon, Adrian and Che-Yuan Liang (2010). "Piracy, Music and Movies: A Natural Experiment." IFN Working Paper No. 854. Link

Lindqvist, Erik (2010). Height and leadership. IFN Working Paper No. 835. Published in Review of Economics and Statistics, 94 (4), 1191-1196, 2012. Link

Lindqvist, Erik (2010). "Planned Treatment and Outcomes in Residential Youth Care: Evidence from Sweden." IFN Working Paper No. 834. Published in Children and Youth Services Review, 33 (1), 21-27, 2011. Link

Andersson, Fredrik (2009). "Make-or-buy Decisions and the Manipulability of Performance Measures". IFN Working Paper No. 815. Published in The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, 11 (1), (Advances), Article 23, 2011. Link

Edquist, Harald (2009). "Can Investment in Intangibles Explain the Swedish Productivity Boom in the 1990s?" IFN Working Paper No. 809. Published in Review of Income and Wealth, 57 (4), 658–682, 2011 Link

Tåg, Joacim (2009). "Competing Platforms and Third Party Application Developers," Communication & Strategies, Vol. 74, 95-114. Link

Lindqvist, Erik and Roine Vestman (2009). "The Labor Market Returns to Cognitive and Noncognitive Ability: Evidence from the Swedish Enlistment". IFN Working Paper No. 794. Published in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3 (1), 101-128, 2011. Link

Tåg, Joacim (2009). "Paying to Remove Advertisements." IFN Working Paper No. 789. Published in Information Economics and Policy,  21 (4), 245-252. Link

Edquist, Harald (2009). "How Much does Sweden Invest in Intangible Assets?" IFN Working Paper No. 785. Link

Andersson, Fredrik (2009). "A Trickle-Down Theory of Incentives with Applications to Privatization and Outsourcing." IFN Working Paper No. 784.

Mörk, Eva, Anna Sjögren and Helena Svaleryd (2009). "Cheaper Child Care, More Children." IFN Working Paper No. 782. Published as "Childcare costs and the demand for children — evidence from a nationwide reform" in Journal of Population Economics, 26 (1), 33-65, 2013.

Skedinger, Per (2008). "Sweden: A Minimum Wage Model in Need of Modification?" IFN Working Paper No. 774.

Elinder, Mikael, Henrik Jordahl and Panu Poutvaara (2008). "Selfish and Prospective: Theory and Evidence of Pocketbook Voting." IFN Working Paper No. 770. Published as "Promises, Policies and Pocketbook Voting", European Economic Review, 75 (April), 177-194, 2015. Link

Lindqvist, Erik (2008). "Privatization of Credence Goods: Theory and Evidence from Service Contracting." IFN Working Paper No. 750.

Tåg, Joacim (2008). "Efficiency and the provision of open platforms." IFN Working Paper No. 748.

Tåg, Joacim (2008). "Open versus closed platforms." IFN Working Paper No. 747.

Friberg, Richard, Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson (2008). "Privatization, Investment and Ownership Efficiency." IFN Working Paper No. 744.

Hoekman, Bernard (2008). "The General Agreement on Trade in Services: Doomed to Fail? Does it Matter?" Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, 295-318 (paper commissioned for the IFN conference "Globalization of the Production of Services").

Norbäck, Per-Johan and Lars Persson (2008). "Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions Policy in Service Markets." IFN Working Paper No. 74. Published in Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, 2008, 269-293.

Keith Maskus (2008). "The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Services." Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, 247-267 (paper commissioned for the IFN conference "Globalization of the Production of Services").

Markusen, James and Bridget Strand (2008). "Offshoring of Business Services in Small Open Economies: Toward a General-Equilibrium Modeling Approach." Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, 231-246 (paper commissioned for the IFN conference "Globalization of the Production of Services").

Jensen, Bradford (2008). "Trade in High-Tech Services." Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, 181-197 (paper commissioned for the IFN conference "Globalization of the Production of Services").

Lindqvist, Erik (2008). "Will Privatization Reduce Costs?" IFN Working Paper No. 736.

Economides, Nicholas och Joacim Tåg (2008). "Network Neutrality on the Internet: A Two-sided Market Analysis". IFN Working Paper No. 727. Information Economics and Policy, vol 24 (2), 91-104, 2012. 

Edquist, Harald (2007). "Parallel Development? Productivity Growth Following Electrification and the ICT Revolution." IFN Working Paper No. 714. Published as "Parallel Development? Productivity Growth Following the Diffusion of Electric Motors and ICT." Scandinavian Economic History Review, 59 (1), 29-47, 2011.

Skedinger, Per (2007). "The Design and Effects of Collectively Agreed Minimum Wages: Evidence from Sweden." IFN Working Paper No. 700.

Davis, Steven J. and Magnus Henrekson (2007). "Economic Performance and Work Activity in Sweden After the Crises of the Early 1990s." IFN Working Paper No. 687. Published in Richard M. Freeman, Birgitta Swedenborg and Robert Topel (eds.), Reforming the Welfare State – Recovery and Beyond in Sweden. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Svensson, Roger (2007). "Knowledge Transfer to Emerging Markets via Consulting Projects." Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 32, No. 5, 545-559.

Skedinger, Per (2006). "Minimum Wages and Employment in Swedish Hotels and Restaurants." Labour Economics, Vol. 13, No. 2, 259–290.

Stennek, Johan and Thomas Tangerås (2006). "Competition vs. Regulation in Mobile Telecommunications." IFN Working Paper No. 685.


Books and Chapters in Books

Glenngård, Anna Häger (2015). The Swedish health care system 2015. In E. Mossialos, M. Wenzl, R. Osborn and C. Anderson (eds.), International Profiles of Health Care Systems, 2015. New York (NY): The Commonwealth Fund. 

Heller Sahlgren, Gabriel (2015). Real Finnish Lessons – The true story of an education superpower. London, UK: Centre for Policy Studies.

Sahlgren, Gabriel H., ed. (2014), Tests Worth Teaching To: Incentivising Quality in Qualifications and Accountability. London, UK: Centre for Market Reform of Education.

Orth, Matilda (2012). Entry, Competition and Productivity in Retail. Doctoral Dissertation in Economics. Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Economides, Nicholas and Joacim Tåg (2011). "Network Neutrality and Network Management Regulation: Quality of Service, Price Discrimination, and Exclusive Contracts." IFN Working Paper No. 890. Forthcoming in Ian Brown (ed.), Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet, Edward Elgar, 2012.

Jordalh, Henrik (2010). "Privatization: Is dismantling public authority and international trend?" In M. Melin (ed), The IXth International Ombudsman Institute World Conference. The Parliamentary Ombudsmen – JO.

Davis, Steven J. and Magnus Henrekson (2010). "Economic Performance and Work Activity in Sweden After the Crises of the Early 1990s." In Richard M. Freeman, Birgitta Swedenborg and Robert Topel (eds), Reforming the Welfare State – Recovery and Beyond in Sweden. Chicago: University of Chicago Pres.

Skedinger, Per (2010). ”Sweden: A Minimum Wage Model in Need of Modification.” In Vaughan-Whitehead, D (ed), The Minimum Wage Revisited in the Enlarged EU, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, US.

Skedinger, Per (2010). Employment Protection Legislation. Evolution, Effects, Winners and Losers. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, US.

Tåg, Joacim (2008). Essays on Platforms: Business Strategies, Regulation and Policy in Telecommunications, Media and Technology Industries. PhD Thesis. Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki.


Popular Science and Policy-oriented Reports

Jordahl, Henrik (2015). "Promise voters to pad their wallets, and they will listen". IFN Newsletter, No. 2, 2015. Link

Jordahl, Henrik (2010), "Privatization: Is Dismantling Public Authority an International Trend?" IFN Policy Paper No. 41.

Stennek, Johan and Thomas Tangerås (2007). "Better Regulation of Mobile Telecommunications." SIEPS European Policy Analysis No. 1, 2007.


Other Publications

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