Research faculty

Per Skedinger

Associate Professor

Among the questions that Per Skedinger tries to answer with his research:

  • What are the effects from collectively agreed minimum wages on employment and wage dynamics among marginal groups, such as young people and refugee immigrants?
  • What are the effects of different components in employment protection legislation, like notice periods and seniority rules, on employment, worker mobility and wages?
  • What explains psychic disorders among young people?

New research

Employment Protection and FDI Revisited: New Evidence from Micro Data Pehr-Johan Norbäck, Per Skedinger and Jing-Lin Duanmu

Current Research

Minimum Wages and the Demand for Low-skilled Workers

The aim of this project is to examine the effects of minimum wages on employment and other outcomes. Specifically, the project considers the effects of minimum wages on employment in firms with differences in financial performance, the impact of minimum wages on the labour market integration of refugee immigrants as well as the labour market prospects of natives and immigrants in low-skilled occupations.


Labour Market Effects of Employment Protection

We study the effects of employment protection in Sweden and in other countries. A Swedish reform in 2001 of last-in first-out rules that affected only small firms provides a possibility to study the effect of less stringent employment protection on the employment prospects of the unemployed and participants in active labour market programmes. Another part of the project looks at cross-country variation in the stringency of employment protection and its effect on employment and investments for Swedish multinational firms operating abroad. Finally, the labour market prospects of employees in various forms of fixed-term employment are examined.

Per Skedinger


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Per Skedinger received his PhD in Economics from Uppsala University and is adjunct professor at Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, in Växjö. He was previously employed at the Trade Union Institute for Economic Research (FIEF) and a member of the Swedish Labour Policy Council (AER). He is former editor of the journal Ekonomisk Debatt and former member of the expert group on minimum wages in the EU set up by the ILO and the EU Commission. During 2019-2020 he served as an expert in the government Inquiry on the Employment Protection Act.

Leading Research Environment

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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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