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

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


(with Mounir Karadja)

extra: Online Appendix

Journal of Political Economy (forthcoming)


Working Papers:

(with David Andersson & Mounir Karadja)


​Work in Progress:

  • On the Right Track: Railroads and Innovation During Two Centuries (w. David Andersson & Thor Berger)

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

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

  • Wealth and Homeownership (w. Mounir Karadja)

  • Innovation, Inventors, and the Impoverished Sophisticate (w. David Andersson & Thor Berger)


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. 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.

Professor Olav Sorenson, Yale, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2018. 

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