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  • Apparent conflict of aims in the education system

    Apparent conflict of aims in the education system


    “What is meant by high-quality education?” That was the theme of a conference organized by the Swedish Association of Independent Schools. Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, London School of Economics and IFN, discussed the importance of understanding goal incongruence among the many quality-based goals in the education system. For example to increase student influence. Sahlgren presented research showing that student influence is positively correlated with perceived happiness among students. On the other hand, student influence is negatively correlated with economic growth on a national level.

  • Per Skedinger appointed expert in new committe on labor law

    Per Skedinger appointed expert in new committe on labor law


    The Government has appointed Gudmund Toijer to a one person committee to propose a modernization of the labor law. The appointment and design of the directives are based on the January agreement between the Social Democrats, the Center Party, the Liberals, and the Green Party. Per Skedinger, IFN, has been appointed an expert in the inquiry. His research has, among other things, focused on the employment protection legislation (Las) and its seniority rules. Other experts are Oscar Norström Skans, Uppsala University, and Anna Breman, chief economist Swedbank.

  • IFN's research spans a wide field

    IFN's research spans a wide field


    IFN has on several occasions invited representatives of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise member organizations to present the institute's broad field of research. "IFN's research and its importance in the public debate" (Magnus Henrekson), "Privatization of welfare services" (Henrik Jordahl) and "Is the Swedish business sector more entrepreneurial than the American?" (Lars Persson), were subjects for the presentations that the participants to listened to. Mårten Blix, IFN, also told about a book that he writes with Henrik Jordahl about the Swedish welfare sector.

  • Happy Easter!

    Happy Easter!


    Happy Easter to all the visitors to this website.

  • Disscussing industry, entrepreneurship and the labor market

    Disscussing industry, entrepreneurship and the labor market


    At the end of March, the industry-, labor market- and entrepreneurship-group (FAME) at IFN organized an internal workshop for IFN researchers and affiliates. During the workshop, research conducted with IFN's company data and Swedish registry data was presented and discussed. The purpose of the meeting was to review informally, in a small group and to discuss research ideas and ongoing research that are still at a very early stage, and thereby utilize the broad knowledge available at the institute and find possible new synergies. A total of 16 researchers presented and received feedback on their research and their research ideas.

  • Retail: the difference between urban and rural areas is increasing

    Retail: the difference between urban and rural areas is increasing


    On Friday, Özge Öner, IFN, presented the results of three years of research on the importance of retail for urban and rural areas. The title of the research project is "Shopping for change: The role of retail for urban and rural development in Sweden". The research has been financed by the Handelsrådet (Trade Council). "The industry's size corresponds to almost 20 percent of the total number of jobs and almost 11 percent of GDP", writes Özge Öner in a summary of the project. But despite this, retailing in most Swedish municipalities is decreasing.

  • A European perspective on the nation state

    A European perspective on the nation state


    "As a first big step to saving cohesion within the EU, national politicians must learn to give recognition to the EU for success and not, as the moment itself takes the credit and then blame all the hard-earned decisions on the EU," summarizes the debate on the EU book, Oxelheim summarizes the debate and the return of the nation-state (the 22nd year of Europaperspektiv) on Wednesday was discussed in Brussels. This took place at the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU with the participation of, among others, trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

  • Research shows that patients want better accessibility and continuity

    Research shows that patients want better accessibility and continuity


    Research by Petra Persson, Stanford University and IFN, Maria Polyakova and Yiqun Chen, also active at Stanford, shows that people with access to informal health expertise through a family member who works as a doctor or nurse are 10 percent more likely to become 80 years or older. They are also significantly less likely to have chronic lifestyle-related diseases such as heart attacks, heart failure, and diabetes. The study has been published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and also as a working paper at IFN.

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Research Fellow

Björn Tyrefors

Subject areas: Development economics, education, institutional and labor economics, and political economics.

Among the questions that Björn Tyrefors hope to answer with his research:

  • Grading bias in Swedish schools?
  • What role play incentives for integration of refugees?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2019


Start-ups for sale!

When should entrepreneurs choose to enter the market with a start-up? And when should they sell their invention or business idea? New research on how entrepreneurs decide between entry and sale offers significant insights for policy makers concerned about economic welfare.

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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. 

Global index of the sharing economy

Timbro SEI

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Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund University, is one of the authors of this book. The Timbro Sharing Economy Index is the first global index of the sharing economy. The index has been compiled using traffic volume data and scraped data, and provides a unique insight into the driving factors behind the peer-to-peer economy.

About the book

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