Research faculty

Björn Tyrefors

Associate Professor

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

Quality and Efficiency Between Public and Private Firms: Evidence From the Ambulance Services Daniel Knutsson and Björn Tyrefors

Selected Publications

The impact of upper-secondary voucher school attendance on student achievment. Swedish evidence using external and internal evaluations . Labour Economics,  Volume 47, August 2017, Pages 1-14. Med Jonas Vlachos. (WP-version)

Democracy, Redistribution, and Political Participation: Evidence from Sweden 1919-1938. Econometrica, 82, pp.961-993. 2014,  Med Per Pettersson-Lidbom.(WP-version)

Are Boys Discriminated in Swedish High Schools ?  Economics of Education Review, 30, pp. 682–690, 2011.  Med Erik Höglin och Magnus Johannesson. (WP-version)

Do Merging Local Governments Free Ride on Their Counterparts When Facing Boundary Reform. Journal of Public Economics, 93 , pp. 721-728, 2009. (WP-version)

New Working Papers

Quality and Efficiency Between Public and Private Firms: Evidence From the Ambulance Services. IFN Working Paper No. 1365. Med Daniel Knutsson.

The Genius is a Male: Stereotypes and Same-Sex Bias in Exam Grading in Economics at Stockholm University.  IFN Working Paper No. 1362. Med Joakim Jansson.

The Role of the Weighted Voting System in Investments in Local Public Education: Evidence from a New Historical Database IFN Working Paper No. 1315.  With Erik Lindgren, Per Pettersson-Lidbom 

Political Power, Resistance to Technological Change and Economic Development: Evidence from the 19th century Sweden. IFN Working Paper No. 1172. With Per Pettersson-Lidbom och Erik Lindgren

Restricting Residence Permits- Short-Run Evidence from a Swedish Reform. With Niklas Blomqvist och Peter Skogman Thoursie.

Gender Quotas in the Board Room and Firm Performance: Evidence from a Credible Threat in Sweden. IFN Working Paper No.1165. With Joakim Jansson

Do Mild Sentences Deter Crime? Evidence using a Regression-Discontinuity Design. With Mikael Priks och Per Pettersson-Lidbom.

Age-Dependent Sentences and Crime Bunching – Empirical Evidence from Swedish Administrative Data. IFN Working Paper No. 1163. With Mikael Priks och Mårten Palme.

Selected Work in Progress

Crime and culture. With Per Pettersson-Lidbom och Mikael Priks.

Development and Local Finance. With Andreas Madestam. Joel Gunnarsson, Erik Lindgren och  Per Pettersson-Lidbom .

Testing Efficiency of Private versus Public Providers. With Daniel Knutsson.

The Causal Effect of Tracking on Educational and Labor Market Outcomes. With Dany Kessel och Andreas Madestam


IFN Newsletter 

Extended right to vote kick-started the economic development in Sweden. IFN Newsletter 2-2017.


Björn Tyrefors


Ph : +46 8 665 4521
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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 researcher at IFN and affiliated to the department of Economics at Stockholm University.

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