Affiliated researchers

Gissur Erlingsson

Associate Professor

Some questions that Gissur Erlingsson tries to answer in his research:

  • Corruption in mature welfare-states – how can it be explained and what is its consequences?
  • What is the appropriate way to design a country’s local government level (how many and how small, and with what degree of local self-government?)
  • Why do Swedes distrust their local institutions more than their state-level institutions?


New research

A Stranger Thing? Sweden – The Upside Down of Multilevel Trust Gissur Erlingsson

Gissur Erlingsson



I took my PhD 2005 at the Department of political science, Lund University, with a book about why new parties emerge. Since then I have primarily worked at Linneus University and Linköping University. My main research interests include public corruption in mature welfare states, local democracy and questions about the appropriate design of a country’s local government.

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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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