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  • To cope with a crises: Don't copy the past or other countries!

    To cope with a crises: Don't copy the past or other countries!


    “What I believe is missing in Italy is not the reforms, but believing in the reforms”, said Guiseppe Bertola, University of Turin, when presenting this years' EEAG Report on a seminar in Stockholm. He added that "the solution is not to do the reforms that Germany is doing, it’s not to become Danish and it’s not to do what you did when the country did well. The solution is to understand the surrounding”. Karolina Ekholm, professor in international economics, and  Mauro Gozzo, chairman of the Economic Council of Swedish Industry, commented on the report. "Sweden is seen as one of the good guys, and I do not like this narrative since it divides up Europe into south and north,” explained Ekholm. Mauro Gozzo agreed.

  • Global Award 2019 goes to Boyan Jovanovic

    Global Award 2019 goes to Boyan Jovanovic


    The 2019 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research goes to Boyan Jovanovic, Professor of Economics, New York University. Jovanovic is awarded for his pioneering research on the competitive dynamics between incumbent firms and new ventures, entrepreneurial learning and selection processes. The Global Award is the foremost international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize sum of € 100,000.

  • Now you can download  highly acclaimed book about Swedish education

    Now you can download highly acclaimed book about Swedish education


    Finally, you might say, the highly acclaimed book Kunskapssynen och pedagogiken (Knowledge and the pedagogy) (Dialogos Bokförlag) can be downloaded online. The book, with Professor Magnus Henrekson as editor, was launched in  2017 and Magnus Henrekson has since that time presented it at numerous seminars, conferences, and meetings. The most common reaction has been, he says, either that "you explain something I knew but wasn't able to put words on" or skepticism and surprise, people saying that "this can't be true, it is far from common sense and is not logical."

  • How hate spreads online

    How hate spreads online


    On Monday, Joakim Jansson, Linnaeus University and affiliated with IFN, presented research on hatred online, at a brown bag seminar at IFN. Jansson, together with Emma von Essen, is researching the connection between anonymity and hate towards feminists and foreigners spread online. They find that when anonymity is weakened, the hate generally subsides, including hatred towards foreigners.

  • Myrdal Prize awarded to Erik Prawitz

    Myrdal Prize awarded to Erik Prawitz


    The Myrdal Award (Myrdalspriset) 2018 has been awarded to Erik Prawitz, IFN, and Mounir Karadja, Uppsala University, for the article "Emigration to America and the Swedish Workers' Movement" (Ekonomisk Debatt No. 8, 2018). The jury explains that the driving forces behind today's global migration flows can be compared to the emigration from Sweden from the 1880s until the First World War. Prawitz and Karadja find in their study that emigration had positive effects on the modernization of Sweden.
  • Staffan Bohman, new chairman of the board

    Staffan Bohman, new chairman of the board


    Staffan Bohman will be the new chairman of the board of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics, IFN. He succeeds Michael Treschow, who has been chairman 2011–2018.

  • Open House attracted many students

    Open House attracted many students


    In early February IFN invited PhD students and students in their final year of the master program in economics to an Open House. The students came from Uppsala University, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm University, Jönköping International Business School, University of Gothenburg and Lund University. Following a number of presentations of the Institute and research projects the students mingled with researchers and research assistants learing more about what it's like to be a researcher.

  • Parliamentary committee interested in research on digitalization

    Parliamentary committee interested in research on digitalization


    On Tuesday, Mårten Blix, IFN, presented research on digitalization in healthcare to the Committee on Social Insurance in Swedish Parliament. Blix, together with Allan Gustafsson, was invited to talk about their findings and to answer the members' questions. Both Blix and Gustafsson are authors of a ESO reports on digitalization within healthcare.

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    Employment growth following takeovers

    Research seminars

    Johannes Van Biesebroeck KU Leuven

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    Brown bag seminars

    Halis Murat Yildiz Ryerson University

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    Research seminars

    Aico Van Vuuren Gothenburg University

Research Fellow

Thomas Tangerås

 Subject areas: Electricity markets, political economics, regulations, and Telekom.

Among the questions that Thomas Tangerås hope to answer with his research:

  • How important is the grid for electricity market performance?
  • What is the role of the policy process for market performance?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 2-2018


Consumer awareness as a complement to regulation

Network industries, such as electricity and water distribution, are typically seen to require regulation to prevent excessive pricing. But new research shows how consumer awareness can also create competitive pressure among local network owners. The study finds that utilities set prices similar to those in neighboring networks despite the absence of alternative suppliers. Moreover, this “price mimicking” behavior is more pronounced in municipalities where local policy makers run a higher risk of being voted out of office.

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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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