Latest publications


  • 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.

  • Niclas Berggren Reviewer of the Year


    Niclas Berggren, IFN, has been awarded ”Reviewer of the Year” by Journal of Institutional Economics. The award is a recognition of Niclas' work in   reviewing contributions  submitted to the journal. Niclas is one of two prize winners, in addition to him the prize also goes to Frank Decker.





  • Fredrik Sjöholm new CEO of IFN

    Fredrik Sjöholm new CEO of IFN


    The board of IFN has appointed Fredrik Sjöholm, professor of International Economics at Lund University as the new CEO of IFN. He replaces Magnus Henrekson who after 15 successful years has asked to leave his position.

  • Sustainable Energy Transition – name change of research program

    Sustainable Energy Transition – name change of research program


    The research program Economics of Electricity Markets changes its name to Sustainable Energy Transition. The new name offers a better description of the research now produced within the program.

  • Entrepreneurship is a key player when solving the European crisis


    The new book The Entrepreneurial Society – A Reform Strategy for Italy, Germany and the UK offers a unique toolbox for solving the innovation crisis in Europe. The tools might be even more relevant post-covid-19. Mikael Stenkula, IFN, is one of the authors.

  • Social media's role in propagation of myths and facts regarding the Corona Virus – A cross-cultural explanatory study


    Ewa Lazarczyk Carlson, an affiliated researcher at IFN, together with scientists from 12 other universities, participates in a research study focusing on peoples´ attitudes and behaviours towards COVID-19 and the use of social media channels in acquisition of information regarding the virus.

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Researcher presentation

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, Ph.D.

Subject Areas: Education, Health Economics, Privatization, Publicly Funded Services


Among the questions that Gabriel Heller Sahlgren tries to answer with his research:

  • What is needed to make education markets work?
  • How do actors within the education system react to financial incentives?
  • Differences between for-profit and non-profit schools.


IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2020


A minimum wage for all EU workers?

A recent proposal to regulate minimum wages at the EU level has not been well received in the Nordic countries, in which these wages traditionally have been set in negotiations between unions and employers. Per Skedinger discusses what research has to say about the employment effects of collectively agreed minimum wages and, in light of these findings, disputes the need for supranational minimum wage fixing in the Union.

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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.

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