About IFN

Our mission

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The Research Institute of Industrial Economics is a private non-profit research institution founded in 1939 by the Federation of Swedish Industries and the Swedish Employers’ Confederation “to conduct research on economic and social issues with relevance for industrial development”. The institute is devoted to independent, non-partisan, high-quality academic research in economics.

The principal of the Foundation is the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, which also finances approximately half of the budget. The remaining share of the budget is financed by research grants from private and public sources. The institute obtains funding for research projects in competition with other leading departments and institutions in our field.

With few exceptions the research staff holds a doctorate in economics. The staff size has been fairly stable over the years, comprising of about 20 full-time researchers.

Our mission is to:

  • Conduct independent research of the highest international academic standing in areas relevant for the private sector in Sweden and internationally.
  • Provide high quality analysis and policy recommendations for public and private decision-makers on current and emerging policy issues facing the Swedish private sector in an increasingly interdependent world.
  • Disseminate research results through publications and seminars, commentary and analysis in media as well as provide background information for journalists and other activities.

Non-partisan and independent research

The researchers at the institute are unified by the conviction that economics is a powerful tool for understanding society. Our research is non-partisan and independent. Professional integrity and objectivity are guiding principles for all research and analysis conducted at the institute. These qualities are ensured by maintaining the highest academic standards as well as policies and practices governing the funding and dissemination of our research. The Research Institute of Industrial Economics provides analysis and recommendations relevant for public policy on a non-exclusive basis. No research funding, neither personal nor institutional, is accepted for a project with a stipulated or predetermined result or policy stance. Any result of scholarly activity is freely disseminated.

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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