Affiliated researchers

Johanna Rickne


Among the questions that Johanna Rickne tries to answer with her research:

  • According to which principles are Swedish politicians recruited and promoted?
  • How is the development and the expansion of China's social security system affectinging incomes, income inequality and business costs?
  • What types of family-friendly work-policies are used by Swedish firms, and what are the consequences of this for patterns of hiring, careers, health and productivity?

New research

Who Becomes A Politician? Ernesto Dal Bó, Frederico Finan, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson and Johanna Rickne

Johanna Rickne's research interests include labor economics, family economics, and political economics. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on inequalities in labor compensation in the Chinese industrial sector. Currently, her main research project targets the selection and promotion of politicians, including case studies of gender quotas, preferential voting, and policy outcomes in Swedish municipalities. 


Published or forthcoming work

Rickne, J. (forthcoming) Labor market conditions and social insurance in urban China, China Economic Review.

Rickne, J. (forthcoming) Firm size and work compensation in China, China & World Economy

Lyhagen, J. and Rickne, J. (forthcoming) Income inequality between Chinese regions: Newfound harmony or continued discors?, Empirical Economics.

Ornstein, P. and Rickne, J. (2013) When does intimate partner violence continue after separation? Violence Against Women.

Rickne, J. (2012) Gender and work compensation in China’s industrial sector. Review of Income and Wealth 58(2), 307-354.

Rickne, J. (2011) Essays in Development, Institutions and Gender. Economic Studies 126, Department of Economics, Uppsala University [PhD. Thesis]. 

Johanna Rickne


Mob : +46 70 433 7388


Johanna Rickne got her doctorate in economics at Uppsala University in 2011 and has since worked at the Research Institute for Industrial Economics. She is also affiliated to the Uppsala Center for Labor Studies and teaches at Columbia University.

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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, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Professor Olav Sorenson, Yale, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2018. 

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