Latest publications


  • New book: The EU and the Technology Shift


    The technology shift is posing several challenges to the EU. The new book The European Union and the Technology Shift is exploring these challenges from an economic, judicial, and political point of view.

  • IFN researchers on firm R&D investment


    Matilda Orth, IFN, and Florin Maican, affiliated to the IFN, have written a column on the dynamic impact of exporting on firm R&D investment in Vox EU. Together with their co-authors Mark Roberts, Pennsylvania State University, and Van Anh Vuong, Maastricht University, they use a structural framework to estimate the returns to innovation investments and analyze the impact of trade of those returns.

    One of their conclusions is that the long payoff to R&D investment is higher for firms that are active and operate more intensively in export markets.


    Read their column here

  • Fredrik Sjöholm new CEO of the IFN


    Today Fredrik Sjöholm starts his new position as CEO of IFN. He succeeds Magnus Henrekson, who has been the CEO for the past 15 years. Fredrik Sjöholm is recruited from Lund University, where he held a position as a Professor of International Economics.


  • Building bridges and challenging conventions: New book about IFN


    The Research Insitute of Industrial Economics, IFN, was founded in 1939. It grew into Sweden's largest institute for applied economic research on issues relevant to trade and industry. Fourteen years ago, IFN started a project documenting its' history. One of the books written as a part of this project was Anders Johnson's Building Bridges and challenging conventions: IFN 1939 – 2012. The book has been revised by author and journalist Elisabeth Precht, former Communications officer at the IFN. The new book describes the years from 2012 to 2020.


  • IFN-research is being noticed in the Portuguese Parliament


    Male same-sex couples are being discriminated against on the Portuguese rental market. This is shown by IFN researchers Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson and their co-author Filipe Gouveia in an article recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Housing Economics. The study has impacted Portugal: One of the Portuguese Parliament parties is bringing a discussion point to the national parliament on discrimination in the housing market, using the study to validate further the need to discuss the subject.

    The researchers are conducting a field experiment on the rental markets in Lisbon and Porto. Read the study…

  • Does economic freedom make us more tolerant?


    The market economy often affects trust and tolerance in society, but the market economy can also lead to a lowering of tolerance. It can also drive antisemitic perceptions. These are the findings in Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson’s research. They are the authors of one of the chapters in this year’s Economic Freedom of the World Report. An annual report published by the Fraser Institute. The report presents data on the amount of economic freedom of the world.

  • In memory of Assar Lindbeck

    In memory of Assar Lindbeck


    On 28 August 2020, we were reached by the sad news that professor Assar Lindbeck has passed away. His contributions to Swedish Economic research and to the Swedish public debate are outstanding. For many years Assar Lindbeck was a researcher at IIES, Stockholm University, and since 1995  he divided his time between IIES and IFN. He was also a researcher at our predecessor IUI for two earlier periods.  He devoted his life to economic research. Only two weeks prior to his death, at the age of 90, a paper of his was accepted by the European Economic Review.

  • IFN is hosting the first European conference of the Labor and Finance Group


    IFN is hosting the Labor and Finance Group conference on August 17th and 18th. Due to the pandemic, the conference will be all digital. The Labor and Finance Group is an initiative to bring together academics working at the intersection of finance, labor economics, and personnel economics.

    Topics such as private equity buyouts and their effects on employee health, whether executives are short in supply or not,  and the impact on workers of firm-level uncertainty shocks will be discussed on Monday. On Tuesday research on ownership, control and careers, wealth shocks, workplace automation and corporate financial policy, and house price booms will be presented.

More news


Researcher presentation

Henrik Jordahl, Professor, Program Director

Subject Areas: Education, Elderly care, Health economics, Management, Privatization, Public economics, Publicly funded services, Voting behavior, Welfare state.


Among the questions that Henrik Jordahl  tries to answer with his research:

  • Why are publicly funded services sometimes contracted out to private providers and sometimes produced in-house by public sector employees?
  • How does the choice between public and private production influence costs and quality of publicly funded services?
  • How can we reform laws, rules and practices to improve the production of publicly funded services?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 2-2020


Microeconomic Reforms and Business Transformation: Some Lessons from Sweden

In the aftermath of the Covid 19 crisis, the business sectors in Sweden and Europe will need considerable restructuring and reorganization. These required changes add to the need to keep pace with the evolving digital technologies. Sweden underwent a similar transformation in the early 1990s, when wide-ranging policy reforms were undertaken. What lessons can we draw from them?

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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, Lars Backsell.

Professor Boyan Jovanovic, New York University, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2019. 

Interdisciplinary European Studies

The European Union and the Return of the Nation State


This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

About the book

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