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  • "Now I have a good understanding of a researcher’s job"


    Data processing is a major and central part of a researcher's everyday life, which Helena Hernnäs and Viking Waldén have learned during the summer of 2018 when they worked as research assistants at IFN. Both are happy with their time at IFN. They say that the atmosphere is open and welcoming and that they have gained good insights into what it means to be a researcher.

  • New platform for cooperation in Corporate Economics

    New platform for cooperation in Corporate Economics


    The study of corporations is fragmented across various branches of economics and management science (such as industrial organization, accounting, and entrepreneurship), each of which approaches the study of corporations from a different perspective. The lack of an organized way of interacting and learning from each other is perceived as an obstacle for the development of these research fields. “We aim to change this by introducing the Nordic Initiative for Corporate Economics, NICE,” said Professor Lars Persson, IFN, who in cooperation with Professor Alexander Ljungqvist, Stockholm’s School of Economics and affiliated to IFN, has instigated the new network.


  •  Research quoted in the Economist

    Research quoted in the Economist


    Economist writes about the welfare state of tomorrow, today and int he future and finds that the criticisms are growing, both right and left: "On the right, critics accuse it of sucking the dynamism from capitalism and individuals alike." The left, as seen in the grainy nostalgia [...] lays claim to the welfare state as a left-wing creation, and thinks it is under unceasing threat." Economist states that "It is not so much a left-wing creation as a product of an intellectual coalition, in which the critical strand was liberalism". And, the article refers to research by Andreas Bergh and Magnus Henrekson, IFN.

  • Almedalen – a week of politics, research and much more ...

    Almedalen – a week of politics, research and much more ...


    Researchers from IFN were invited by external organizations to be part of numerous panels and presentations during “Almedalen”. This is an eight day event in Visby on the Baltic island of Gotland. This annual event take place at the beginning of July when politicians, opinion leaders, media, corporations and interested Swedes come together and have the opportunity to attend over 4 000 seminars and numerous informal events.

  • IFN-faculty in the public debate – in Almedalen

    IFN-faculty in the public debate – in Almedalen


    For the first time, IFN is organizer of a seminar in Almedalen: "Den svenska kunskapssynen – beror utbildningsproblemen på hur kunskap värderas?"(The Swedish perspective of knowledge: Is the problems in the education system an effect of how knowledge is valued?) will be held .Monday July 2, at 10.00-11.00. The seminar is organized in cooperation with the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. The panel includes Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for higher education, Erik Bengtzboe, (M), Johan Eklund, Entrepreneurship Forum, Åsa Fahlén, Teachers' Association, and Magnus Henrekson, IFN.

  • Government vs. private providers in the labor market

    Government vs. private providers in the labor market


    Lars Calmfors, IFN, is one of the editors of the anthology "Framtidens arbetsförmedling" (Future Employment Service) (Fores 2018). The publication was presented on Monday with Calmfors as moderator. A message in the book is that politicians should refrain from chasing "the big clip," that is, a radical reform that is carried out in a single shot. Instead, one should study what works well and gradually implement minor improvements in individual areas. One of the commentators at the seminar was Björn Tyrefors, IFN.


  • A fortunate

    A fortunate "four-leaf clover"


    Three of IFN's research assistants have been admitted to doctoral studies at Swedish universities starting in the fall of 2018. One of the assistants will continue his career as an analyst and consultant at Copenhagen Economics. All four of them say that the time at IFN has provided a good insight into the work of a researcher and what it takes to succeed.

  • International conference about entrepreneurship

    International conference about entrepreneurship


    June 14-15, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) hosted an international conference on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation: past, present and future”. The attending researchers came from Sweden, USA, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Germany, UK and Canada. The topics included discussions on how entrepreneurial and innovative activity are determined by institutional settings and how they affect society through interactions with the political process, financial markets, labor markets, and product markets.

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Research Fellow

Lovisa Persson

Subject areas: Digitalization, political economics, privatization, public economics and publicly funded services

One of the questions that Lovisa Persson tries to answer with her research:

  • What determines productivity in home care services for the elderly?

IFN Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2018


Fit for management? How good health helps your career

There is a well-known positive association between job status and health. The relationship has been taken as evidence of how the work environment shapes health. But newly published research from the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and the London School of Economics (LSE) establishes an effect in the opposite direction. It finds that better health increases the likelihood of being a supervisor, as well as having more autonomy and more influence at the workplace.

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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. 

Interdisciplinary European Studies

Trust in the European Union in Challenging Times


This is the first book in the Interdisciplinary European Studies collection. This volume provides an interdisciplinary perspective on trust in the EU from the vantage point of political science, law and economics. Lars Oxelheim, Lund University and affiliated to IFN, is one of the authors.

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