Research faculty

Niklas Elert


Some of the questions Niklas tries to answer in his research:

  • What is the relationship between institutions and entrepreneurship?
  • How can the climate for entrepreneurship and innovations be improved?
  • What are high-growth firms and where can they be found?
  • Is it possible to learn entrepreneurship?

New research

Improved Framework Conditions for a More Entrepreneurial, Innovative and Sustainable EU Niklas Elert and Magnus Henrekson

Selected Publications

Elert, N. and Henrekson, M. (2020). Innovative Entrepreneurship as a Collaborative Effort: An Institutional Framework. Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship (forthcoming).

Elert, N. and Stenkula, M. (2020). Intrapreneurship: Productive and Non-Productive. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (forthcoming).

Elert, N. and Henrekson, M. (2020). Collaborative Innovation Blocs and Antifragility. Journal of Institutional Economics, 16(4), 537–552.

Elert, N., Sjöö, K. and Wennberg, K. (2020). When Less Is More: Why Limited Entrepreneurship Education May Result in Better Entrepreneurial Outcomes. International Review of Entrepreneurship, 18(1), 1–32.

Elert, N. and Henrekson, M. (2020). Entrepreneurship Prompts Institutional Change in Developing Economies. Review of Austrian Economics, 96(3).

Elert, N., Stam, E. and Stenkula, M. (2019). Intrapreneurship and Trust. IFN Working Paper No. 1280.

Elert, N. and Henrekson, M. (2019). The Collaborative Innovation Bloc: A Reply to our CommentatorsThe Review of Austrian Economics, 32(4), 349-361.

Elert, N. and Henrekson, M. (2019). The Collaborative Innovation Bloc: A New Mission for Austrian EconomicsThe Review of Austrian Economics, 32(4), 295-320.

Elert, N., Henrekson, M. and Sanders, M. (2019). The Entrepreneurial Society – A Reform Strategy for the European Union. Berlin: Springer.

Bjuggren, C, and Elert, N. (2019). Gender Differences in Optimism. Applied Economics, 51(47), 5160-5173.

Dilli, S., Elert, N. and Herrmann, A. M. (2018). Varieties of Entrepreneurship: Exploring the Institutional Foundations of Different Entrepreneurship Types through ‘Varieties-of-Capitalism’ ArgumentsSmall Business Economics, 51(2), 293-320.

Elert, N, Henrekson, M. and Stenkula, M. (2017), Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – An Agenda for Europe. Springer International Publishing. 111 pp.

Elert, N. and Henrekson, M. (2017). Entrepreneurship and Institutions: A Bidirectional Relationship. Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship, 13(3), 191–263.

Elert, N. and Henrekson, M. (2017). Status Quo Institutions and the Benefits of Institutional Deviations. International Review of Entrepreneurship, 15(1), 1–14.

Elert, N., Henrekson, M. and Wernberg, J. (2016). Two Sides to the Evasion: The Pirate Bay and the Interdependencies of Evasive Entrepreneurship. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, 5(2), 176–200.

Elert, N. och Henrekson, M. (2016). Evasive Entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, 47(1), 95–113.

Daunfeldt, S., Elert, N. and Johansson, D. (2015).  Are High-Growth Firms Overrepresented in High-tech Industries? Industrial and Corporate Change, forthcoming.

Elert, N., Andersson, F. and Wennberg, K. (2015). The impact of entrepreneurship education in high school on long-term entrepreneurial performanceJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 111, 209–223.

Elert, N. (2014). What determines entry? Evidence from Sweden. The Annals of Regional Science, 53 (1), 55–92.

Daunfeldt, S., Elert, N. and Johansson, D. (2014). The Economic Contribution of High-Growth Firms: Do Policy Implications Depend on the Choice of Growth Indicator? Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 14 (3), 337–365.

Daunfeldt, S. and Elert, N. (2013). When is Gibrat’s Law a Law? Small Business Economics, 41 (1), 133–147.

Daunfeldt, S., Elert, N. and Rudholm, N. (2013). Start-ups and Firm In-migration: Evidence from the Swedish Wholesale Trade Industry. The Annals of Regional Science, 51 (2), 479-494.

Niklas Elert


Ph : +46 8 665 4583


Niklas Elert defended his Ph.D. thesis "Economic Dynamism - Essays on firm entry and firm growth" in September 2014 at Örebro University. His research focuses on entrepreneurship and firm dynamics. He is the author of a book, Människoapans Utmaning (Timbro) (The Challenge of The Human Ape), which deals with the relationship between economic growth and the environment. At IFN he has co-authored two books about the reforms that the European Union should undertake to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. He has previously worked as an editorial writer at Expressen.

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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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