Below you will find news that in one or the other way involves IFN and the institute's research and/or researchers.

  • Privatizing Welfare Services reviewed


    The new book Privatizing Welfare Services: Lessons from the Swedish Experiment, by IFN researchers Mårten Blix and Henrik Jordahl, is reviewed by professor Diane Coyle in her blog Enlightenment Economics.

  • Increased Research Output


    IFN's research output has increased greatly compared to the early 2000s. In 2020 87 journal articles and book chapters were published in IFN’s digital reprint series. That is the highest number in a single year in the institute’s history.

  • 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…

  • 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 –…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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


    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


    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.

  • Information about covid-19/ coronavirus


    The IFN is closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus. We are following the recommendations of Swedish authorities. Our researchers and staff can be contacted via e-mail or phone. All academic seminars in March are canceled. We will keep you informed about what happens later on this spring and will be acting according to the recommendations of Swedish authorities. The prize…

  • EU and the Technology Shift


      The new publication Europaperspektiv 2020, the 23rd annual volume, was presented at a seminar in Brussels on Tuesday. 

  • John Haltiwanger recipient of the Global Award for Entreprenurship Research


    The 2020 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research goes to John Haltiwanger, Professor of Economics at University of Maryland, USA. Haltiwanger is awarded for his pioneering research advancing our understanding of job creation and destruction, productivity growth, and the role of small business and entrepreneurial firms in economic development. The Global Award is the foremost international award…

  • Simon Ek and Magnus Henrekson awarded by the Scottish Economic Society


    Simon Ek, a Ph.D. student at Uppsala University and the IFN, and Magnus Henrekson, professor and director of IFN, are awarded a Prize for the best paper published in the Scottish Journal of Political Economy in 2019.

  • Joacim Tåg Associate Professor


    Joacim Tåg, Program Director for Globalization and Global Restructuring, has been awarded the title of Associate Professor ( Docent) in Economics at Lund University. He works on bringing Swedish registry data to the research frontier in labor and finance. A central theme is the allocation of executives and workers across firms and/or into entrepreneurship. His research is detailed in…

  • IFN to host the first European conference of the Labor and Finance Group


    On the 17th of August 2020, IFN will be hosting the first European conference of the Labor and Finance Group.The Labor and Finance Group is an initiative to bring together academics working at the intersection of finance, labor economics, and personnel economics.

  • Thomas Tangerås presented at the American Economic Association's Annual meeting.


    Thomas Tangerås presented his and Henrik Horn’s joint paper ”Economics of International Investment Agreements” at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting in San Diego.

  • Celebrating 80 years of Independent Research


    On November 25, IFN celebrated 80 years of independent research with an anniversary seminar for specially invited guests. IFN Chairman of the Board Staffan Bohman emphasized the importance of fact-based analysis in his welcome speech: - IFN has never had a more important task than today, as a factual voice in a debate and media climate where superficiality and fake news have become…

  • Chinese visit to IFN


    On Monday, IFN organized a seminar for a delegation from All-China Women's Federation. The federation is the leading organization for women's rights in China. Joacim Tåg presented his paper ”What Prevents Women from Reaching the Top?”

  • Magnus Henrekson presented new research at ZEW


    Magnus Henrekson, CEO of IFN, presented the book The Entrepreneurial Society – A Reform Strategy for the European Union, at ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim.

  • What Prevents Women from Reaching the Top? Joacim Tåg presented a paper at the ECB today.


    Joacim Tåg, IFN, presented the paper "What Prevents Women from Reaching the Top?" at the Joint Bank of England, Federal Reserve Board and European Central Bank conference Gender and career progression, in Frankfurt am Main on Monday.

  • Shon Ferguson presented his research at the National Board of Trade


    Associate professor Shon Ferguson presented his study about so called born globals at the National Board of Trade today.

  • Delegation from the European Commission visited IFN


    On Tuesday, a delegation from the European Commission visited IFN to take part of Fredrik Heyman, Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson's research on how digitization and automation have affected Swedish business and industry.

  • Gabriel Heller Sahlgren has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis


    Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, IFN and the London School of Economics (LSE), has defended his thesis Causal Inference in Social Policy: Evidence from Education, Health and Immigration at the LSE. He passed his viva voce with no corrections, an unusual outcome in the UK system.

  • Entrepreneurship - a way to make the European Union more sustainable


    How can the EU become more inclusive, innovative, and achieve sustainable growth? According to Magnus Henrekson, Niklas Elert and Mark Sanders, Utrecht University, entrepreneurship is the answer. This is the message of their new book The Entrepreneurial Society: A Reform Strategy for the European Union. This was also their message when Elert and Henrekson presented their research at a lecture…

  • Marco Pagano visited IFN


    The Italian economist Marco Pagano, University of Naples Federico II, visited the Research Institute of Industrial Economics this week. His area of expertise is Labor and Finance, an area that is central to IFN’s research program Globalization and Corporate Restructuring.

  • The EU needs a new perspective on entrepreneurship


    The EU needs reforms in six different areas for a more dynamic and competitive entrepreneurship, according to IFN:s Niklas Elert and Magnus Henrekson. They have co-authored the new book The Entrepreneurial Society: A Reform Strategy for the European Union with Mark Sanders, Utrecht University. Magnus Henrekson, CEO of the IFN, presented the book at a seminar open to the public at…

  • Özge Öner awarded Young Researcher Award 2019


    On Thursday Özge Öner, IFN and the University of Cambridge, received the Young Researcher Award 2019 for "significant contributions to our understanding of entrepreneurship," explained the chairman of the prize committee Martin Andersson, professor at Blekinge Institute of Technology. The prize sum is SEK 150,000 and is given every year, alternately to a man and a woman, by the…

  • Åsa Hansson: We need lower corporate taxes


    How do Swedish taxes compare to other OECD countries? This is the topic of a report published by SNS. Åsa Hansson, University of Lund and affiliated to IFN talked about the report at a seminar at SNS. Sweden, being a small country, needs to lower corporate taxes to be competitive on a global market, said Åsa Hansson.

  • Magnus Henrekson appointed to suggest boardmembers of Lund University


    Professor Magnus Henrekson, Managing director of IFN, has been appointed by the Government to propose who should be Chairman and further members of the Board of Lund University. He is one of two appointees that will give their suggestions for the operational period of May 2020 - April 2023. The other nominee is Maria Arnholm, former Minister of Gender Equality and the Liberals party secretary.

  • Per Skedinger to study minimum wages for the European Commission


    Per Skedinger, IFN and Associate Professor at Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, in Växjö, has been appointed by the European Commission and its program for Employment and Social Innovation ,EaSI, to conduct a case study on collectively agreed minimum wages in the Nordic countries. The objective of the study is to discuss the effects on wage structure and employment.…

  • Awarded for research on the importance of geography for entrepreneurship


    Özge Öner, IFN, and Cambridge University is awarded the Young Researcher Award 2019 (Unga forskarpriset 2019). She lectures on her research at a lunch seminar at the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum on September 12. Öner is awarded for her research on 1) the geographical aspects of entrepreneurship (especially in the retail and tourism sectors), 2) entrepreneurship (mainly among…

  • From IFN to doctoral studies in Berlin


    In the summer of 2018, Hedda Nielsen started working as a research assistant at IFN. Now, a year later, she is leaving the institute to begin doctoral studies at the Berlin School of Economics & Humboldt University in Berlin. She explains that at IFN, she has gained insight into many different research areas and learned a lot about data processing.

  • ESO-report about digitalization by IFN-researcher


    A report about digitalization in health care by Mårten Blix, IFN, and Charlotta Levay, Lund University, was presented by the Expert Group on Public Economics (ESO) in Swedish in December 2018 and is now published in English. "New technology enables citizens to better monitor their health, take preventive measures, and, if necessary, take more control of their health situation"…

  • First academic seminar of the fall


    On Monday, the first academic brown bag seminar of the fall was held at IFN (research at an early stage).  Johanna Möllerström, George Mason University in Washington DC and affiliate of IFN,  presented the study "A Meritocratic Origin of Egalitarian Behavior." In experiments, the researchers have studied how people (in the US and Norway) believe that it is fair to…

  • "I have learned a lot about data processing"


    "It was great that my time as a summer assistant at IFN started with this year's Summer get-together," says Kajsa Rudal. This event involves almost all researchers and employees. "I immediately learned who was who," she explains. Kajsa says she learned a lot about data processing, which she will benefit greatly from in the future. And, she has had no dull and monotonous…

  • IFN in the world of film


    For a couple of years now, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics has been filming public activities organized by the Institute. By subscribing, you can see all the videos immediately when posted, which is usually later the same day that an event takes place. There are also videos explaining what the researchers are working on in the various research programs and interviews with, among…

  • Does economists know better?


    Assar Lindbeck, professor of economics at IFN and Stockholm University, talks in this about 10 minutes long video with Magnus Henrekson, professor and CEO of IFN. The questions he answers include: Whether economists can do better than others? And how come that his research deals with norms and incentives? Also, Assar Lindbeck tells us what was different about the famous Lindbeck Commission that he…

  • Research relevant for trade and industry


    IFN is a private and independent foundation that researches questions that are of high relevance to Swedish business and industry. In today's knowledge-intensive and global competition, specialization is increasing, but also the need for broad societal perspectives. The researchers at IFN are united in their belief that methods of economics offer a powerful tool for understanding society.

  • The higher the trust, the more intrapreneurship


    Niklas Elert and Mikael Stenkula, IFN, have studied how trust in society affects entrepreneurship among employees in existing companies, so-called intrapreneurship. They find that trust provides a higher degree of work autonomy in existing companies, which is a prerequisite for intrapreneurship to flourish. Trust also renders a more comprehensive welfare state. Because many benefits are often more…

  • Research focus in panel discussions and presentations


    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 takes place at the beginning of July when politicians, opinion leaders, media, corporations, and interested Swedes come together and have the opportunity to attend thousands…

  • Mobile ban in Swedish schools is not effective


    French high school students have not, by law, been able to use their cell phones at school for a year. And, since 2007, Swedish teachers, according to the Education Act, have the right to "take care of objects that are used in a way that is disturbing in class." Under these circumstances, what would a total ban on mobile phones in our schools bring about, asked Björn Tyrefors and…

  • Happy Midsummer!


    A central part of the Swedish summer is the Midsummer celebration. IFN wishes all visitors to this site a happy midsummer and a pleasant summer.

  • Informal health expertise affects our health


    On Wednesday, Petra Persson, Stanford University and affiliate to IFN, presented research showing that the likelihood is greater that people with access to informal health expertise, such as a doctor or a nurse in the family, will be 80 or older. At the seminar at SNS, Mårten Palme, Stockholm University, commented on the research based on his own studies on the connection between education…

  • Nordic cooperation in developing new technology, is best for the climate


    On Tuesday, the think tank Fores presented the report Climate Policies in the Nordic – Nordic Economic Policy Review 2019 (Nordic Council of Ministers), with Lars Calmfors, IFN, and John Hassler, Stockholm University, as editors. Together with a number of researchers, they have studied how the Nordic countries can best contribute to international climate policy. Calmfors and Hassler…

  • Avid debate on wage regulation


    On Thursday, the new book Kollektivavtal och lönenormering i en ny tid (Dialogos 2019) was presented at a seminar in Stockholm. It is authored by Lars Calmfors, Simon Ek, Ann-Sofie Kolm, and Per Skedinger. They have studied and analyzed how the Swedish collective bargaining model can be reformed so that greater consideration is given to the lack of qualified labor, such as nurses, and the…

  • Nordic cooperation on industrial organization


    A two-day conference on the industrial organization was held on 10-11 June in Stockholm by IFN, Stockholm School of Economics and Södertörn University. About 45 participants came to the workshop, which was the eleventh organized by Norio (Nordic Workshop on Industrial Organization), which is held every two years. The overall purpose of these workshops is to stimulate collaboration and…

  • New report on the integration of immigrants into the Nordic labor markets


    Lars Calmfors, IFN, is the main author of a new report written for the Nordic Council of Ministers: Integrating immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets: An Overall Perspective. The report was presented on Wednesday in Oslo. Per Skedinger, IFN, and Simon Ek, Uppsala University and affiliate to IFN, have written a chapter titled "Wage Policy”. The report shows that subsidized private…

  • Deep dive into knowledge - about education


    On Tuesday, the book Glädjeparadoxen – historien om skolans uppgång, fall och möjliga upprättelse (The Happiness Paradox - the story of the school's rise, fall, and possible recovery) (Dialogos Förlag 2019) was presented at a seminar in Stockholm. One of the book's two authors, Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, London School of Economics and IFN, explained that…

  • Boyan Jovanovic received the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research


    On Thursday, Boyan Jovanovic, this year's winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, received his award at a ceremony at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). The award was handed over by the Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation, Ibrahim Baylan, together with Jan-Olof Jacke, Director General of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. Read more about…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Happy Easter!


    Happy Easter to all the visitors to this website.

  • Discussing 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Visiting researcher: A way to exchange ideas


    Over the years many guests have visited IFN and spent some time at the Institute. This is a way to exchange ideas with researchers working in other countries and to collaborate on projects. Ludek Kouba is a visitor of IFN during spring and summer of 2019. He is an associate professor at the Department of Economics at Mendel University in Brno in the Czech Republic. Also, Kouba has a part-time…

  • To cope with a crises: Don't copy the past or other countries!


    “What I believe is missing in Italy is not the reforms, but believing in the reforms”, said Guiseppe Bertola, University of Turin, when presenting this years' EEAG Report on a seminar in Stockholm. He added that "the solution is not to do the reforms that Germany is doing, it’s not to become Danish and it’s not to do what you did when the country did well. The…

  • Global Award 2019 goes to Boyan Jovanovic


    The 2019 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research goes to Boyan Jovanovic, Professor of Economics, New York University. Jovanovic is awarded for his pioneering research on the competitive dynamics between incumbent firms and new ventures, entrepreneurial learning and selection processes. The Global Award is the foremost international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize sum of…

  • Now you can download highly acclaimed book about Swedish education


    Finally, you might say, the highly acclaimed book Kunskapssynen och pedagogiken (Knowledge and the pedagogy) (Dialogos Bokförlag) can be downloaded online. The book, with Professor Magnus Henrekson as editor, was launched in  2017 and Magnus Henrekson has since that time presented it at numerous seminars, conferences, and meetings. The most common reaction has been, he says, either that…

  • How hate spreads online


    On Monday, Joakim Jansson, Linnaeus University and affiliated with IFN, presented research on hatred online, at a brown bag seminar at IFN. Jansson, together with Emma von Essen, is researching the connection between anonymity and hate towards feminists and foreigners spread online. They find that when anonymity is weakened, the hate generally subsides, including hatred towards foreigners.

  • Myrdal Prize awarded to Erik Prawitz


    The Myrdal Award (Myrdalspriset) 2018 has been awarded to Erik Prawitz, IFN, and Mounir Karadja, Uppsala University, for the article "Emigration to America and the Swedish Workers' Movement" (Ekonomisk Debatt No. 8, 2018). The jury explains that the driving forces behind today's global migration flows can be compared to the emigration from Sweden from the 1880s until the First…

  • Staffan Bohman, new chairman of the board


    Staffan Bohman will be the new chairman of the board of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics, IFN. He succeeds Michael Treschow, who has been chairman 2011–2018.

  • Open House attracted many students


    In early February IFN invited PhD students and students in their final year of the master program in economics to an Open House. The students came from Uppsala University, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm University, Jönköping International Business School, University of Gothenburg and Lund University. Following a number of presentations of the Institute and research projects the…

  • Parliamentary committee interested in research on digitalization


    On Tuesday, Mårten Blix, IFN, presented research on digitalization in healthcare to the Committee on Social Insurance in Swedish Parliament. Blix, together with Allan Gustafsson, was invited to talk about their findings and to answer the members' questions. Both Blix and Gustafsson are authors of a ESO reports on digitalization within healthcare.

  • The difference grows between city and countryside!


    “Many small and shrinking municipalities are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with their welfare assignment”, says Eva Mörk, Uppsala University, Gissur Ó Erlingsson, Linköping University, and Lovisa Persson, IFN, in the SNS Konjunkturrådsrapport 2019. They advocate, among other things, that asymmetric division of responsibility is studied, i.e., that…

  • "Those who like the idea of basic income should embrace 'muddling through'"


    On Monday, the Centre for Business and Policy Studies SNS, organized a seminar on basic income, also called citizen's salary (medborgarlön). Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund University, presented the background to the public debate and the various arguments – for and against. Minna Ylikännö, a researcher at the Finnish Social Security Administration, presented a Finnish…

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