Research faculty

Ann-Sofie Isaksson

Associate Professor

Some of the questions Ann-Sofie Isaksson tries to answer with her research:

  • To what extent does foreign aid help developing countries reach the SDG targets and how can it be made more efficient in this respect?
  • What are the local political economy effects of Chinese development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa?
  • What interventions can help change persistent gender norms harmful to women’s health and welfare in developing countries?



New research

Chinese Aid and Local Ethnic Identification Ann-Sofie Isaksson

Ann-Sofie Isaksson is currently involved in two major research projects. The first evaluates aid effectiveness in a disaggregated manner, in order to meet the increasing demand for evaluating target specific aid impacts brought by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The second project focuses on women’s health and welfare in developing countries. It investigates the persistence – over time and across generations – of a number of outcomes important for women’s health and welfare (e.g. early marriage, high fertility and intimate partner violence), and evaluates the effectiveness of different interventions for changing the relevant norms and behaviors.

Ann-Sofie is primarily based in Gothenburg.


Ann-Sofie Isaksson


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Ann-Sofie Isaksson defended her PhD-thesis at the University of Gothenburg in 2011. Her research deals with aid, institutional development and governance in developing countries.

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, Lars Backsell.

Professor Boyan Jovanovic, New York University, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2019. 

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