Affiliated researchers

Bengt Söderlund

Assistant Professor

Some questions that Bengt tries to answer in his research:

  • What is the impact of business travel on trade?
  • How does institutions influence firms’ decisions about trade and offshoring?
  • How do financial institutions affect growth and economic development?

New research

The Importance of Business Travel for Trade: Evidence from the Liberalization of the Soviet Airspace Bengt Söderlund

Bengt Söderlund




Bengt Söderlund received a Ph.D. in economics from Stockholm School of Economics in June 2019 and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Lund University Department of Economics. He is primarily interested in understanding how geography and institutions shape trade patterns and economic development.

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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.

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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