Research faculty

Henrik Jordahl

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 affect the costs and the quality of publicly funded services?
  • How should we measure the quality of education?


New research

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


Selected publications

Privatizing Welfare Services: Lessons from the Swedish Experiment (with Mårten Blix), Oxford University Press, 2021. Link

Outsourcing public services: Contractibility, cost, and quality (with Fredrik Andersson and Jens Josephson), CESifo Economic Studies, 65 (4), 349-372, 2019. Link

Promises, policies and pocketbook Voting. European Economic Review, 75 (April), 177-194, 2015 (with Mikael Elinder and Panu Poutvaara), 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 Professor of Economics at Örebro University. At IFN he is the Director of the research program The Economics of the Service Sector. Henrik Jordahl is affiliated with UCFS at Uppsala University and with the international research networks 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, Lars Backsell.

Professor Boyan Jovanovic, New York University, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2019. 

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