Research faculty

Lovisa Persson


Some of the questions Lovisa Persson tries to answer in her research:

  • What are the effects of attending an independent upper secondary school compared with the municipal alternative?

  • What political and institutional factors explain local government economic and financial outcomes?

  • What are the conditions for (and effects of) implementing new welfare techonologies in Swedish eldery care?

New research

The Impact of Attending an Independent Upper Secondary School: Evidence from Sweden Using School Ranking Data Karin Edmark and Lovisa Persson

Research projects

Digitalisation and welfare technology in Swedish elderly care, funded by FORTE. 



Jordahl, H., and L. Persson. 2020. “The End of a Trend? Retraction of Choice in Swedish Elderly Care” Journal of Economic Policy Reform. Forthcoming.

Elinder, M. och L. Persson. 2017. "House Price Responses to a National Property Tax Reform". Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 144: 18-39.

Persson. L. 2016. "Government Consumption Smoothing in a Balanced Budget Regime." International Tax and Public Finance 23(2): 289-315.


Working Papers

Edmark, K. and L. Persson. 2020. “The Impact of Attending an Independent Upper Secondary School: Evidence from Sweden Using School Ranking Data.” IFN Working Paper No. 1371.

Jordahl, H. och L. Persson. 2018. "Exploring Digital Time Measurement in the Public Sector: Labor Productivity and Service Quality in Home Care." IFN Working Paper No 1212. 



Lovisa Persson


Ph : +46 8 665 4536


Lovisa Persson defended her thesis on the effects of politics and fiscal institutions on local public finances at Uppsala University in the autumn of 2015. At IFN she primarily works within the research program The Economics of the Service Sector, with special focus on public and private providers of publicly financed services.

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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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