Research faculty

Assar Lindbeck


Some of the questions Assar Lindbeck try to answer in his research:

  • How is income insurance affected by social norms?
  • How do different bonus arrangements influence asset management?
  • What is the strength and weakness in economic methodology?
  • Does a monetary union require a fiscal union?

Until 1995 he was director of the Institute of International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University. Since 1995 he shares his time between IFN and IIES. In recent years his research has focused on unemployment (the insider-outsider theory), problems of the welfare state, the reorganization of firms, and the interplay between economic incentives and social norms.

During 2006 Assar Lindbeck completed a  study on economic reforms, social change and social policy in China. Apart from that he worked on a theoretical paper dealing with income insurance with particular emphasis on the interaction between moral hazard and social norms (jointly with Mats Persson).

He also authored two empirical papers. The first one examines interaction effects between labor security legislation and sick leave insurance, and in the second paper (jointly with Mårten Palme and Mats Persson) local variation in sick leave is studied. Assar Lindbeck is also a fellow at CESifo in Munich and Kiel Institute of World Economics.

In 2012 his memoires "Economy är att välja" (Economics is about chosing) was published in Swedish.


Assar Lindbeck


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Assar Lindbeck is Professor of Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, and Senior Research Fellow at IFN. Following his dissertation in 1963 Assar Lindbeck’s track record is long and distinguished (see CV above). He has worked for the Swedish government and been part of numerous Swedish and international governmental studies. He has also been a researcher at the World Bank, the IMF and a number of well-reputed universities around the world, including Yale and Stanford.

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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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