Affiliated researchers

Maria Persson

Associate Professor

Among the questions that Maria Persson tries to answer with her research:

  • Why is it that most international trade flows die very quickly, while some survive?
  • How does the European Union’s trade policy towards low and middle income countries affect these countries’ exports in terms of volumes and export diversification?
  • Are international flows of trade and foreign direct investments affected by red tape at the border?



Maria Persson's research focuses on international trade and how various costs affect the size and structure of this trade. She mainly studies trade between the European Union (EU) and the rest of the world. Among other things, Maria Persson has assessed how the EU’s trade policy toward low- and middle-income countries affect these countries’ exports to the EU. She has also studied how cumbersome trade procedures at international borders influence not only the size of the traded volumes, but also how many and which goods that are traded internationally.

Maria Perssons current research is focused on the duration of trade: How can we explain that some trade flows die quickly, while others survive? 

Maria Persson


Ph : +46 46 222 4670


Maria Persson was awarded a PhD in Economics in 2009, and is an Associate Professor since 2014. She spends most of her time with research and teaching at Lund University.




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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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