Research faculty

Björn Tyrefors

Associate Professor

Research interests: Political economics and labor economics.

Some questions that Björn tries to answer in his research:

  • Do political institutions cause, for example, policy  economic institutions and development?
  • Grading bias in Swedish schools
  • Empirical tests of the scope of government. Public vs. private providers.
  • What role play incentives for integration of refugees?
  • Is there specific deterence. Evidence form Sweden?


New research

The Impact of Upper-Secondary Voucher School Attendance on Student Achievement. Swedish Evidence using External and Internal Evaluations Björn Tyrefors Hinnerich and Jonas Vlachos

Björn Tyrefors


Ph: +46 8 665 4521


Björn Tyrefors received his Ph.D. from Stockholm School of Economics in December 2007. The dissertation work focused on how institutions shape policy using quasi-experimental methods.  After graduation, he held a Post doc. position at the Department of Economics at Århus University and later at the Department of Economics at Stockholm University. He is currently working on projects dealing with political economics, discrimination, education and economics of crime.

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.

Professor Olav Sorenson, Yale, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2018. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 14, 2018, in Stockholm.

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