Affiliated researchers

Petra Persson

Assistant Professor

Some of Petra Persson's current research projects:

  • Adherence to health recommendations and health-related expertise
  • The impact of health-related expertise on health and wellbeing
  • Health inequality and family health behaviors

New research

Does Medicine Run in the Family—Evidence from Three Generations of Physicians in Sweden: Retrospective Observational Study Maria Polyakova, Petra Persson, Katja Hofmann and Anupam B. Jena

Petra Person's work has received competitive funding by a range of institutions, including The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the United States National Institues of Health and Social Security Administration, The Boston College Center for Retirement Research, and the Hewlett Foundation/Institute of International Education for research in Population, Reproductive Health and Economic Development.

Petra Persson



Petra Persson is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford’s Department of Economics. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Stanford Center for International Development, and a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Her research agenda centers on social insurance and family structure, and explores the interaction between government-provided insurance and intra-family insurance, often with a particular focus on health behaviors and health outcomes.

Petra Persson was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research from 2013 to 2014, and a Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program from 2012 to 2013. She earned her PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2013, her MSc in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics in 2006, and her BA in Political Science and Mathematics from Stockholm University in 2005.

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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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