Research faculty

Henrik Jordahl

Associate Professor, Program Director

Among the questions that Henrik Jordahl tries to answer with his research:

  • Why are publicly funded services sometimes contracted out to private providers and sometimes produced in-house by public sector employees?
  • How does the choice between public and private production influence costs and quality of publicly funded services?
  • How can we reform laws, rules and practices to improve the production of publicly funded services?


New research

Management Practices and the Quality of Primary Care Jannis Angelis, Anna Häger Glenngård and Henrik Jordahl


Selected papers

The right look: Conservative politicians look better and voters reward it. Journal of Public Economics, 146 (February), 79-86, 2017 (with Niclas Berggren and Panu Poutvaara). Link

Promises, policies and pocketbook Voting. European Economic Review, 75 (April), 177-194, 2015 (with Mikael Elinder and Panu Poutvaara), Link

Political preferences and public sector outsourcing. European Journal of Political Economy 30, 43-57, 2013 (with Mikael Elinder). Link


Henrik Jordahl's research papers are also available at Google ScholarIDEAS and SSRN.


IFN Newsletter 

Promise voters to pad their wallets, and they will listen. IFN Newsletter 2-2015. Link


Henrik Jordahl


Ph : +46 8 665 4533
Mob : +46 70 938 3858


Henrik Jordahl is the Director of the research program The Economics of the Service Sector at IFN. He received his doctorate in 2002 from Uppsala University, where he is now an associate professor and affiliated with the Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies (UCFS). He is also affiliated with CESifo and IZA.

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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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