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  • Healthcare for newborns has long-term effects

    Healthcare for newborns has long-term effects


    On Wednesday SNS, Centre for Business and Policy Studies, presented a report written by Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, and Martin Karlsson, University of Duiburg-Essen. The researchers have studied the introduction of free infant care in Sweden in the 1930s. Their research shows that prenatal and infant care reduced the risk of infant death by 24 percent. It was especially children of single mothers and children in families who previously lost a child before one year of age who benefited from the care.
  • IFN-researchers lecturing students

    IFN-researchers lecturing students


    Timbro, a think tank with the mission "to build opinion in favor of market economy" has for the first time during three weekends organized an education in economics. The participants have learned about practical economic policy and economics research "relevant to the economic policy debate". Five of the lecturers were IFN researchers. Henrik Jordahl was first out and lectured on profit in the public sector. Andreas Bergh lectured on "The capitalist welfare state". Magnus Henrekson spoke of entrepreneurship, Gabriel Heller Sahlgren lectured on "A functioning school market" and Pär Holmberg about the Swedish electricity market.

  • Round table discussed education

    Round table discussed education


    On Wednesday Magnus Henrekson participated on a round table discussion  and presented the conclusions in the book of Kunskapssynen och pedagogiken (Knowledge and Educational Studies) (Dialogos), of which he is editor and co-author. A presentation was also made by Ralph Townsend, former Rector of Winchester College – Britain's oldest boarding school – and Staffan Erlandsson, School Director of Österåkers Municipality. The seminar was organized by Ebba Braheskolan in Nacka and the real estate company Kvalitena.

  • Life satisfaction among European immigrats

    Life satisfaction among European immigrats


    Niclas Berggren, Andreas Bergh, Christian Bjørnskov and Shiori Tanaka have employed data from 29,000 immigrants in the European Social Survey and found evidence that the persistence of life satisfaction from the country of origin is strong for migrants from developed countries and close to zero for migrants from formerly communist countries. They also find that persistence for second-generation immigrants is similar but weaker than for their parents.

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    Happy Easter!


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  • Do businesses in the welfare sector need to be better regulated?

    Do businesses in the welfare sector need to be better regulated?


    Henrik Jordahl, IFN, and Karin Edmark, Stockholm University and affiliated to IFN, are two of the authors the report "Istället för vinstförbud – bättre reglering av välfärdsföretag" (Fores) (Instead of a Ban on Profits – Better Regulation of Welfare Companies". Henrik Jordahl has studied whether companies in the welfare sector are "cherry-picking", for example, accept students with few problems or patients with more uncomplicated diseases. "Existing Swedish studies do not indicate that cherry-picking is a major problem in the welfare sector," Jordahl said. It is largely housing segregation that drives segregation in schools, Karin Edmark explained. She suggested, among other things, that the size of school vouchers be weighted according to the students' socio-economic background.

  • Too fast internationalization might result in fewer jobs

    Too fast internationalization might result in fewer jobs


    On Monday, Magnus Henrekson and Louise Johannesson presented the study Born Globals – Facts and Wishful Thinking (Karl-Adam Bonniers Stiftelse), which they wrote in cooperation with Shon Ferguson. All three are researchers at IFN. They explain that the government is now implementing financial support programs specifically aimed at born globals. But, the researchers write, a rapid internationalization of businesses might result in fewer, not more jobs. And at worst, the government programs will rush promising companies out into the world before they are ready.

  • New Ph.D. with a new job at the OECD in Paris

    New Ph.D. with a new job at the OECD in Paris


    IFN researcher Louise Johannesson has received her Ph.D. in economics from Örebro University, with the dissertation Settling Disputes at the World Trade Organization. The thesis deals with issues related to dispute resolution within the World Trade Organization.  Louise Johannesson started out as a research assistant at IFN and was affiliated to the institute during her time as a PhD student. She will continue to be affiliated to IFN. At the beginning of April she begins an employment at the OECD in Paris.

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Research Fellow

Matilda Orth

Research interests: Industrial organization and applied microeconomics.

Among the questions that Matilda Orth tries to answer with her research:

  • What is the role of entry regulations for profitability, productivity and market structure in retail trade?
  • How does entry of large (”big-box”) stores affect productivity and exit of incumbents?

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.

Professor Olav Sorenson, Yale, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2018. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 14, 2018, 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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