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Our Research Programs

IFN is a private and independent foundation conducting economic research with high integrity and focusing on the Swedish business sector. We focus on four research programs: The Economics of Entrepreneurship, Firm Competitiveness, Sustainable Energy Transition, and Institutions, Markets and Enterprise.

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Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research

The 2022 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research goes to Saras D. Sarasvathy, Professor Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Sarasvathy is awarded for her pathbreaking research on entrepreneurial decision-making and the entrepreneurial process. The Global Award is the foremost international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize sum of € 100,000.

The partners behind the Award are the founder, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (Entreprenörskapsforum), the co-founder, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), the sponsor, Vinnova, and the donor, Lars Backsell (2019 and onwards)

Read more about the prize here


Taxation Research

The tax policy research group at IFN has as its main purpose to increase knowledge about the importance of taxes for the Swedish economy. Taxes are the main source of funding of investments in infrastructure and public welfare, and they redistribute resources between individuals and groups in the population. The effects of taxes on individuals and firms are complex, but it is clear that they have a large influence on the size of the economy as well as its long-term growth potential. The importance of studying the role of taxes for economic activity is large.

Read more about our taxation research projects


26 April 2022

Industrial policy threatens to decrease pace of innovation

A return to state industrial policy risks distorting healthy competition and hampering innovation. This is shown by several economists in the new book Questioning the Entrepreneurial State, published by Springer. Niklas Elert and Magnus Henrekson, both IFN, are two of the authors.

Research seminar


Kyle Woodward, University of North Carolina
Research seminar


Sven-Olof Daunfeldt, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise