Affiliated researchers

Yves Zenou


Research interests: Social interactions and network theory, urban and development economics, discrimination of minorities, assimilation of immigrants, crime.

Among the questions that Yves Zenou tries to answer with his research:

  • How the structure of social networks affects individual outcomes?
  • What are the long-term effects of school friends on education?
  • Which delinquent should we remove from a network to reduce as much as possible total crime?
  • Which bank should we bail out to avoid a financial crisis?
  • Are parents or peers more important in the transmission of the strength of religion?



New research

Urban Interactions Jung Sung Kim, Eleonora Patacchini, Pierre M. Picard and Yves Zenou

Yves Zenou is a professor of economics at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) since January 2016. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Paris II in 1991. Yves Zenou was previously a professor of economics at Stockholm University (2007-2015), at the Universite du Maine, a visiting professor at the department of economics at the University of California, Berkeley (2009-2010), a professor of economics at the University of Southampton, UK (2000-2003), a Research Fellow at CORE, Belgium (1994-1996).

He is currently the Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics, and Associate Editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Public Economic TheoryJournal of Urban Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, IZA Journal of Migration, and Annals of Economics and Statistics.

Yves Zenou's research is both theoretical and empirical and his interests include: (i) Social interactions and network theory, (ii) Search and matching theory, (iii) Urban economics, (iv) Segregation and discrimination of ethnic minorities, (v) development economics (vi) Identity and assimilation of immigrants, (vii) Criminality and (viii) Education.

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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