Activities 2006-2014

Conference on Globalization of the Production of Services Implications for Small Open Economies

On November 20, 2006, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics arranged a conference on globalization of the service production and the conditions for small open economies, such as the Swedish economy.

The conference, which assembled leading international researchers as well as Swedish policy debaters, focused on issues as: How does information technology influence the globalization of services and what are the effects for growth and prosperity? Which role is played by national policies and bilateral and multilateral agreements? 

On the following pages can you find presentations and summaries from the Conference



The Minister of Foreign Trade, Mr Sten Tolgfors, opened the conference by describing the Swedish position in matters regarding the internationalization of services, the EU, WTO and the Doha Round.


Catherine L Mann described how investments in IT and the globalization together create increased cost efficiency and specialization in the production of goods and services.



Mattias Ganslandt, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics, and Anders Rune, the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, opened the conference and introduced the program and the speakers.


Fotograf: Rolf Adlercreutz


With financial support from The Association of Swedish Engineering Industries (Teknikforetagen)


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The Research Institute of Industrial Economics, IFN, is a private and independent foundation devoted to pursuing highly relevant research for trade and industry.

The researchers at IFN are united in their belief that economic methods offer a powerful tool for understanding society.

The main research programs are:

  1. economics of entrepreneurship
  2. globalization and corporate restructuring
  3. economics of the service sector
  4. economics of the electricity markets
  5. economics of institutions and culture.

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