Research faculty

Mårten Blix


Among the questions that Mårten Blix tries to answer with his research:

  • What do we know about the effects of digitalization on health care?
  • How is the Swedish welfare model affected by digitalization?
  • What can we learn from Sweden’s experience in privatizing welfare services?
  • What is Sweden’s ability to adapt to digitalization – regionally and nationally?

New research

Privatizing Welfare Services Mårten Blix and Henrik Jordahl


See external webpage; below the photograph to the right on this page.

Current Projects

Digitalization, Immigration, and the Welfare State. Chapter 1 available for free download.

New Research 

Privatizing Welfare Services - Lessons from the Swedish experiment (with Henrik Jordahl). Book on the Swedish experience in allowing private for-profit firms to supply tax-financed welfare services. Expected publication in 2019.

”Resilience and the Social Contract in the Digital Era – Regional effects of digitalization and automation in Sweden.” (med Özge Öner, Martin Andersson, och Karl Wennberg). A project that commences during autumn 2018 with expected publication in 2020.

“The Cost Ceiling and Telemedicine in Sweden.” (med Anna Häger Glenngård). Draft autumn 2018.

”Telemedicine and the welfare state: The Swedish experience.” (med Johanna Jeansson). Kapitel till Anthony Larsson och Robin Teigland (eds.), The Digital Disruption of Public Services: An investigative study of the societal impact in Sweden and beyond. Expected publication in spring 2019.

Mårten Blix



Mårten Blix has a Ph.D. in Economics from Stockholm University and is former secretary of the Commission on the Future of Sweden. He has worked in various management positions at the Riksbank, at the Ministries of Finance and Enterprise, and been expert at the European Central Bank.

Leading Research Environment

IFN at the top


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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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