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  • Examples we can learn from: The US, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand!

    Examples we can learn from: The US, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand!


    A second report on integration should probably also be written, said Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund University, when commenting on the ESO report Inspiration for Integration, by Patrick Joyce, Ratio. The report compares integration policies in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. Joyce stated that Germany is the country that has been most successful to integrate immigrants in the labor market, in the short and long term. But, Andreas Bergh said, it would have been better to discuss the labor market in Britain, the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He explained that these countries could better serve as sources of inspiration. Among other things, earned income tax credit can be an alternative to subsidies to employers to hire new arrivals.

  • Seminar in Brussels: EU has to open up to new ideas and new business

    Seminar in Brussels: EU has to open up to new ideas and new business


    Brussels | Magnus Henrekson, IFN, presented the report Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: An Agenda for Europe (Project Fires) at a seminar hosted by the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU and jointly organized by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and IFN. The study calls for more productive entrepreneurship to improve the quality of life of EU citizens, and for the EU to enhance the competitiveness in the global marketplace. The panel agreed that the same recipe doesn't apply to all member states. Though, Gunnar Hökmark, MEP (M), argued that some things fit all member states, for example less regulation and more openness for competion.

  • Pär Holmberg on LSE blog about saving taxpayers billions of dollars

    Pär Holmberg on LSE blog about saving taxpayers billions of dollars


    A minor change in market trading rules could save taxpayers billions of dollars. This is the conclusion that Pär Holmberg, IFN, draws from his research in a blog post at LSE Business Review. Holmberg argues that when ties occur at low offer prices, higher priority should be given to sell orders with a large volume. "The cost to implement the new pro-competitive rule would be negligible compared to the savings, when the turnover is high" Holmberg writes.

  • Integration is a complex issue - everywhere

    Integration is a complex issue - everywhere


    Edward Lazear of Stanford University visited IFN on Wednesday and launched a public seminar. Lazear has studied immigration to the United States, as well as to Sweden, and found that the underlying mechanisms are much the same in both countries. He explained that the success of the new arrivals is more dependent on the rules set by the recipient country than the country from which new arrivals have come. If integration is defined as immigrants learning the language of the new country, those immigrants living in areas with many people from their old home country are integrated, into society as a whole, at a much lower rate.

  • "Digitization moves fast, the one who stands still will fall behind"


    Mårten Blix, IFN, explains in a new pod how come that he studies the effects of digitization on public finances. He compares the digitization with electrification and says that the big difference to previous technology leaps is the speed with which the digital reality comes to us. The one who is interested in the development and who keeps up with progress will benefit, he says, explaining that it is primarily not jobs as such that disappear with technical progress but the content in jobs.

  • Trade could impact political polarization

    Trade could impact political polarization


    Has expanding trade between the U.S. and China contributed to the polarization of U.S. politics? Analyzing outcomes from the 2002 and 2010 congressional elections, Kaveh Majlesi, Lund University and affiliated to IFN, along with David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson have detected an ideological realignment in trade-exposed local labor markets that commences prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

  •  Tax-payers would save billions with new trading rules

    Tax-payers would save billions with new trading rules


    Society could save billions of dollars every day if trading in commodities, energy and securities was made more competitive through a minor rule change, according to the new paper “Pro-competitive rationing in multi-unit auctions”, which is to be published in Economic Journal.

  • Research on trust is rewarded

    Research on trust is rewarded


    Martin Ljunge, researcher at IFN, has been appointed Associate Professor in Economics at Södertörn University. Ljunge graduated from the University of Chicago in 2006. His research field is primarily social economics. One of the questions he seeks to answer in his research is how trust affects the health and well-being of individuals. His latest study is titled "The ‘Healthy Worker Effect’: Do Healthy People Climb the Occupational Ladder?". Just recently he has been awarded funding from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for a project "aimed at deepening our understanding of financial decisionsmade by immigrants in Sweden".

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Research Fellow

Erik Lundin

Research interests: Industrial organization and the economics of electricity markets

Among the questions that Erik Lundin tries to answer with his reserach:

  • How do firms engage in rent seeking in network industries?

  • What is the role of Government in the transition towards a green electricity market?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 2-2017


Extended right to vote kick-started the economic development in Sweden

How important are political rules for economic growth? Recent research supports theories that changes in political institutions can be key determinants of economic institutions and growth. The authors examined the impact of Sweden’s 1862 suffrage reform, which extended the voting rights of industrialists. Using a unique data set they found that the reform was a key factor in Sweden’s growth miracle because it gave industrialists more political clout, kick-starting the process.

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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.

Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 15, 2016, in Stockholm.

An Agenda for Europe

Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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The authors of this book, Niklas Elert, Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula, advise the economies of the European Union to become more entrepreneurial in promoting innovation and economic growth. The authors propose a reform strategy with respect to several aspects to achieve this goal.

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