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The Economics of Entrepreneurship

The Swedish business sector has undertaken a world-class structural change in recent decades. Sweden has successfully addressed challenges such as globalization, automation, and digitalization. Today, Swedish companies are competitive in the world market. However, the business sector must also stay competitive in the future, undertaking a sustainable structural change comping with environmental and health challenges.

Photo: Karl Gabor.

More knowledge is thus needed to facilitate and stimulate sustainable entrepreneurship. Economic methods are suitable for examining how different institutions and regulations affect sustainable entrepreneurship, sustainable innovation, and sustainable economic growth. In this way, we can contribute valuable knowledge about how various institutions and regulations affect entrepreneurial sustainable structural change. This knowledge can be crucial for a successful entrepreneurship-driven sustainable structural transformation of the Swedish business sector.

Within the research program, the Economics of Entrepreneurship, we study how company ownership form, tax systems, and institutions, affect sustainable entrepreneurial growth. Thanks to the program, we can create a research competence at IFN within this crucial area for Swedish business. We also create a unique database that enables us to study how entrepreneurship is affected by various institutional factors. Also, we make a meeting place for experts, executives, journalists, and researchers interested in the importance of entrepreneurship for the sustainable structural change of the business sector.

Some of our research questions are:

  • How does capital taxation affect capital formation and sustainable entrepreneurship?
  • What role do family businesses play in sustainable structural change?
  • How does digitalization affect productivity and employment dynamics in the business sector, and how do competition laws and education systems affect this process?
  • What institutional factors can contribute to increased intrapreneurship?

The program director is Lars Persson.

The following researchers participate:

Ola Andersson, Niklas Elert, Olle Hammar, Magnus Henrekson, Fredrik Heyman, Anders Kärnä, Alexander Ljungqvist, Dagmar Müller, Johanna Möllerström, Pehr-Johan Norbäck, Martin Olsson, Lars Persson, Paola Roth, Mikael Stenkula, Roger Svensson, Joacim Tåg, Daniel Waldenström and Yves Zenou.

The program's primary funder is the Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse.

Current writings
18 April 2022

The brave new world of Swedish education

Magnus Henrekson's and Johan Wennström's book Dumbing Down: The Crisis of Quality and Equity in a Once-Great Shool System – and How to Reverse the Trend, is reviewed in The Critic.
The Critic