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.


The institute has two important functions: first, to promote greater diversity in Swedish social science research, challenge conventional wisdom, and offer alternative perspectives on the economy; and, second, to build bridges between academia and industry.

In 1939 the institute was called IUI, the Industrial Institute for Economic and Social Research. In 2005 Magnus Henrekson became the CEO of the institute, and in 2006 the Swedish name was changed to IFN, Institutet för Näringslivsforskning, to reflect its activities better. After that, the institute was rebranded in both form and content.

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