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Anders Kärnä


Anders Kärnä has a B.Sc and M.Sc in economics from University of Lund. He has worked for three years at the Swedish ministry of finance, budget department. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Jönköping International Business School in 2018 and has a postdoc at Örebro University 2019‒2021, and from fall 2021, he has a postdoc at IFN.

Affiliated Researcher

Anders Kärnä

Research interests: Entrepreneurship, Industrial economics, Industrial organization, Political economy

Some questions Anders Kärnä tries to answer in his research:

  • What are the effects of various forms of government measures to strengthen business, such as selective aid and loans? Understanding when and how different measures work or do not work is important both from the taxpayer's perspective and partly for the impact of the measures. Since measures are rarely introduced as controlled experiments, it requires specific methods to evaluate the causal effect.
  • How can the efficiency of industrial and innovation policy be evaluated?
  • How do politicians motivate policy programs whose purpose is not always to increase social welfare?
  • How do family businesses differ from ordinary businesses?
Current writings

Published at IFN
Journal Articles
Book Chapters
Working Papers
Articles in Swedish
Popular Science