About IFN

Research career at IFN

IFN wants to reach future researchers interested in high-quality research with major relevance for the Swedish industry and trade.

There are several ways to become a researcher in economics. Firstly, by beginning doctoral studies and during the thesis work being associated with IFN. Secondly, by starting work as a research assistant at IFN and subsequently apply for doctoral studies. Choosing this way, you often get inspiration at IFN on the subject for the thesis. Thirdly, receiving a postdoc position at IFN.

Most of the time, a researcher works at IFN for several years. Many IFN researchers have been appointed a university professor or pursued a career as an expert in the private or public sector.


The research at IFN focuses on five areas/programs:

IFN is one of Sweden’s leading research institutes within the field of economics. Currently, we have about 25 researchers with doctoral degrees researching within the programs above. 

IFN is a private and non-profit foundation. This we perceive as strength. Public sector grants and priorities have always played a large role in deciding the direction of Swedish economic research. In contrast, since 1939, the institute has ensured the existence of industry-specific economic research in Sweden. For example, we were among the first to study the link between entrepreneurship and economic growth.

IFN offers a work environment with plenty of time for research, strong administrative support, and excellent collaboration with the business community.




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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International cooperation

Visiting researchers

Collaborating with others is essential for IFN as a research institute. Our researchers co-author articles with colleagues from other institutes, and many also teach at various universities and colleges.

As part of our extensive program of guest researchers, leading international researchers visit the institute. The visitors present and pursue their research as well as interact and cooperate with researchers at IFN.

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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. 

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