Past Public Activities

Past Public Activities 2017

IFN organizes seminars open to the public. Topics for these are derived from the IFN research. The audience is typically comprised of senior decision makers, experts, and opinion leaders in relevant disciplines.



Women in investment management visited IFN

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KvinnoKapital, a network of women working with asset management, visited IFN and listened to presentations by two IFN researchers. Björn Hinnerich talked about the study "Gender Quotas in the Board Room and Firm Performance: Evidence from a Credible Threat in Sweden". The researchers have concluded that the threat of gender quotas in boards of larger Swedish corporations gave effect. The number of women has increased in the boards and also corporate profits. Joacim Tåg presented an ongoing study of why so few women become CEOs in large Swedish firms. It turns out to be difficult for women, but not for men, to combine family and a senior career. 


Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers

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June 15-16 IFN was organizing an international two-day academic conference: “Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers”. The conference bringed together researchers studying how new technology and globalization affect firms' organizational structure and ownership, as well as different labor market outcomes for workers.  Apart from Sweden the participants came from the UK, US, France, Germany, Finland and Norway.


Institutional reform for innovation and entrepreneurship: An agenda for Europe

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The study Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: An Agenda for Europe was presented in Stockholm. The study is part of Fires, a research program funded by the European Commission. The seminar was jointly organized by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and the European Commission’s Representation in Sweden. In a panel Jeanette Andersson, Angel Investor, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, MEP, Magnus Henrekson, IFN, Håkan Hillefors, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, and Peter Voigt, EU Commission, discussed the European entrepreneurial eco system or the lack thereof.


De Soto awarded for knowledge about property rights

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Hernando de Soto, founder of the think-tank Institute of Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, was awarded the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. "Five billion people are poor because they are not part of social networks of trust," said Soto when he received the award in Stockholm, Sweden. The award was presented by Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson. During his prize lecture Mr. de Soto showed his passport and credit card to illustrate property rights; how people in developed countries can easily travel and do business, where people in poor countries are only trusted in smaller circles.


Economic policy and the rise of populism

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The EEAG Report 2017 was presented at a seminar arranged by IFN in Stockholm. What drives populism, asked Professor Clemens Fuest, CESifo, Munich, at the seminar titled “Economic policy and the rise of populism”. His answer was the large influx of immigrants, but also globalization and people’s perception of losing out. In a panel Professor Fuest was joined by Karolina Ekholm, State Secretary to the Minister for Finance, Assar Lindbeck, Professor IFN and Stockholm University and Alice Teodorescu, Editor-in-chief for opinion at Göteborgs-Posten.

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  1. economics of entrepreneurship
  2. globalization and corporate restructuring
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  4. economics of the electricity markets
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