Research faculty

Erik Prawitz


Research interests: Economic development, political economy and economic history.

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

  • What are the determinants of long-run economic development?
  • 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?



Working Papers:

Exit, Voice and Political Change: Evidence from Swedish Mass Migration to the United States

(with Mounir Karadja)

extra: Online Appendix

R&R Journal of Political Economy


Mass Migration, Cheap Labor, and Innovation

(with David Andersson & Mounir Karadja)


Erik Prawitz


Mob: +46 70 430 3258


Erik Prawitz has a Ph.D. from the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University. The title of his thesis was 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, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 15, 2016, in Stockholm.

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