Affiliated researchers

Mathias Ekström


Research interests: Applied Microeconometrics, Behavioral Economics and Labor Economics


Mathias Ekström has a Ph.D. in economics. The main focus is on applied microeconomics and the use of experimental methods to provide causal evidence to questions of general concern. Recent work investigates the role of social influence on economic decision-making. The academic year 2010/2011 Mathias Ekström visited U.C. Berkeley, invited by Stefano DellaVigna. Before joining the Ph.D. program at Stockholm University in 2008, he worked as a research assistant at IFN. In October 2013 he started to  work at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen.

Some questions that he tries to answer in his research: 

•                          Preferences and social interactions

•                          People’s decision-making and the degree of anonymity

•                          Behavioral economics and resource use



New research

Liking What Others "Like": Using Facebook to Identify Determinants of Conformity Johan Egebark and Mathias Ekström

Mathias Ekström


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Mathias Ekström has a Ph.D in economics. As from September 2013 he is working at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen. He is also affiliated with IFN. 

Leading Research Environment

IFN at the top


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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, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 15, 2016, in Stockholm.

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