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  • New research by Assar Lindbeck published in top research journal

    New research by Assar Lindbeck published in top research journal


    In the October issue of the Journal of Political Economy an article is published by Assar Lindbeck, IFN and Stockholm University, and Mats Persson, Stockholm University: "Social Norms in Social Insurance". JPE is one of the five top journals in the field of economics, where it is extremely challenging to be published. "It is unique to publish new research in any of these journals at the age of 88," says Professor Magnus Henrekson, CEO of IFN. By comparison, it can be mentioned that among the winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics, so far, the oldest to publish original research as a full-length article in a top-five journal, is Vernon Smith. At the time, he was 81.

  • Assar Lindbeck medal awarded to researcher at Lund University

    Assar Lindbeck medal awarded to researcher at Lund University


    During the annual conference of the Swedish Economics Association (Nationalekonomiska föreningen), which this year was organized by the Business School at Linnaeus University in Växjö, the Assar Lindbeck medal was presented. Magnus Henrekson, IFN, awarded the medal to Petter Lundborg, Lund University. Assar Lindbeck himself was also attending the conference and the award ceremony. An additional number of IFN researchers participate by presenting and commenting on research.

  • Digitalized healthcare

    Digitalized healthcare


    Most people want more care and who is to say that this is wrong without explaining why today's level is the valid one, writes Mårten Blix, IFN, and Johanna Jeansson, Dagens Industri, in a blog on the Forum for Health Policy. In this perspective, digital care can be appreciated as a positive innovation: "To the extent that patients choose digital care via a video call instead of visiting a healthcare center, there are several benefits to society. Patients will not need to travel, the doctor's time can be used more efficiently and the risk of infection from a physical visit to a healthcare center is avoided."

  • Discussion of early stage research

    Discussion of early stage research


    Academic seminars are held at IFN every Wednesday, where researchers from IFN and other institutes and universities present their current work. So-called brown bag seminars are also organized. Here, research is presented at an earlier stage. Brown bag seminars are more informal meetings held at lunchtime. Participants usually bring their own lunch, often in a brown paper bag (in the US), and hence the name. The photo shows Karin Edmark, Stockholm University and affiliated to IFN, who recently presented research from the field of education at a brown bag seminar.

  • "We need to cut down on selective programs"


    Roger Svensson, IFN, participated on Friday in a panel discussing Anders Gustafsson's dissertation "Industrial Policy: Political Considerations, Payoffs, and Peculiar Incentives." The seminar was organized by Ratio. "We have to pull down on selective programs," said Roger Svensson. He advocated a bottom-up-perspective, that is, today's financial support is replaced with general tax incentives so that more people can start innovative projects in companies. "Or give tax incentives for individuals to invest in unlisted companies, like in Britain."

  • Alumni network for doctoral students and research assistants

    Alumni network for doctoral students and research assistants


    An alumni network for doctoral students affiliated with IFN and research assistants at the institute recently held a first event. Richard Öhrvall, IFN, who is pursuing a doctorate in political science at Linköping University, presented the results from the recent election and participants discussed possibilities and risks with the even electoral outcome. On election day, Richard commented the election from a local perspective as a part of an expert panel on TV2. The alumni event was opened by Simon Ek, PhD student at Uppsala University, together with Magnus Henrekson and Lars Persson, IFN. After the presentation on the 2018 election, discussions and networking continued over a dinner at the institute.

  • ‘Post-Truth’ and the Decline of Swedish Education

    ‘Post-Truth’ and the Decline of Swedish Education


    Magnus Henrekson and Johan Wennström, IFN, write today in the popular science network Quillette that the root cause of the problems in Swedish school "is the curriculum that rejects subject knowledge, gives students excessive responsibility and weakens the role of teacher." When the knowledge vision was combined with market reforms, incentives were created to compete with nothing but knowledge ". Tyler Cowen, professor at George Mason University, also writes about the current study by Henrekson and Wennström. On Facebook, the Quillette article has been shared almost 1,500 times (19th September 2018).

  • Erik Prawitz winner of prestigious prize

    Erik Prawitz winner of prestigious prize


    The Alexander Gerschenkron Prize 2018 is awarded to Erik Prawitz, IFN, for the best dissertation in the economic history of an area outside of the United States or Canada. The prize is awarded by the Economic History Association and was announced during the weekend. The title of Prawitz's thesis was On the Move: Essays on the Economic and Political Development of Sweden, including Swedish mass migration to the US. He is the first Swede to receive the prize.

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Research Fellow

Erik Prawitz

Subject areas: Development economics, economic history, innovation and political economics

Some questions that Erik Prawitz tries to answer in his research:

  • How does emigration affect economic and political development in sending regions?
  • To what extent can new technologies, such as railroads and electricity, affect regional economic development?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2018


Fit for management? How good health helps your career

There is a well-known positive association between job status and health. The relationship has been taken as evidence of how the work environment shapes health. But newly published research from the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and the London School of Economics (LSE) establishes an effect in the opposite direction. It finds that better health increases the likelihood of being a supervisor, as well as having more autonomy and more influence at the workplace.

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Global Award

Research on entrepreneurship




The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is the foremost global award for research on entrepreneurship.This Prize is awarded annually with a prize sum of EUR 100,000.

IFN in cooperation with Entreprenörskapsforum and Vinnova are the principals of the award, in cooperation with the donor, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Professor Olav Sorenson, Yale, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2018. 

Elgar Companion to

Social Capital and Health

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Martin Ljunge, IFN, is the author of a chapter, "Trust promotes health: addressing reverse causality by studying children of immigrants", in a new book edited by Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg. The cutting edge of research is presented, covering the ever-expanding social capital field.

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