Research faculty

Erik Prawitz


Some questions that Erik Prawitz tries to answer in his research:

  • How does emigration affect economic and political development in sending regions?
  • To what extent can new technologies, such as railroads and electricity, affect regional economic development?
  • What are the determinants of innovative activity?



New research

Making a Market: Infrastructure, Integration and the Rise of Innovation David Andersson, Thor Berger and Erik Prawitz


Working Papers:

​Work in Progress:

  • ​The Long-Run Patterns of Swedish Return Migration from America (w. Olof Ejermo, Kerstin Enflo, & Björn Eriksson)

  • City of My Dreams (w. Thor Berger, Mounir Karadja & Martin Önnerfors)

  • The Historical Impact of Electric Lights on Swedish Productivity (w. Thor Berger & Nancy Qian)

  • Wealth and Homeownership (w. Mounir Karadja)

  • Elites, Upper-Tail Human Capital, and Economic Development (w. David Andersson & Thor Berger) 

  • Institutions and Innovation (w. David Andersson & Thor Berger) 

Other publications (non peer-review):


Erik Prawitz


Ph : +46 8 665 4535
Mob : +46 70 430 3258


Erik Prawitz has a Ph.D. from the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University. He was awarded the Alexander Gerschenkron prize for his thesis entitled "On the Move: Essays on the Economic and Political Development of Sweden".

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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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