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?
  • Can psychic disorders among young people be explained by their having difficulties on the labour market?

New research

Seniority Rules, Worker Mobility and Wages: Evidence from Multi-Country Linked Employer-Employee Data Petri Böckerman, Per Skedinger and Roope Uusitalo

Current Research

Analysing the Effects of Employment Protection with a New Type of International Data

Empirical research on the effects of employment protection legislation has so far been based on mainly two types of data: (1) cross-country data, or (2) within-country data, using targeted policy reforms, assumed to affect a group of individuals or firms, but not other individuals or firms. A general problem with both of these approaches is that the legislation may be endogenous, which is likely to distort estimates of employment protection effects. The purpose of this project is to examine the effects of seniority rules on worker mobility and wages in different age groups, using linked employer-employee data for 150 firms operating in both Sweden and Finland. Units of the same firm located in the two countries meet similar macroeconomic conditions, but face different labour market regulations. A key difference is that seniority rules are laid down by law in Sweden, but not in Finland. Overall the rules related to employment protection are not very different. Focusing on units of the same firm operating in different countries offers a possibility to handle the methodological problems in the previous literature.


Collectively Agreed Minimum Wages

Very little is known about the complex minimum wage systems in the countries where minimum wages are set through collective bargaining between employers and unions, i.e., the Scandinavian countries, Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The aim of this to provide information about the levels and differentiation of minimum wages in Sweden, examine the effects of minimum wages on employment, wage dynamics and other outcomes.





Per Skedinger


Ph : +46 8 665 4553


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). 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.

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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, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Professor Olav Sorenson, Yale, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2018. 

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