Research faculty

Richard Öhrvall


Among the questions that Richard Örhvall tries to answer with his research:

  • How equal is different types of political participation and how can we explain inequality in participation?

  • How is the habit of voting or not voting formed, and how does the context affect young people's propensity to vote in their first election?

  • How corrupt is a ”non-corrupt” country such as Sweden and do citizens trust their politicians and civil servants?

  • What are the effects of the increasing non-response in surveys on the survey quality?


New research

Practice Makes Voters? Effects of Student Mock Elections on Turnout Richard Öhrvall and Sven Oskarsson

Richard Öhrvall's current research projects include studying electoral participation, corruption, social trust, and the effects of non-response on survey quality.

Recent publications 

Growing into Voting: Election Turnout among Young People and Habit Formation.  Ph.D. dissertation in Political Science, Linköping University, 2018. Link

"A sticky trait: Social trust among Swedish expatriates in countries with varying institutional quality" (with Andreas Bergh). Journal of Comparative Economics, in press, 2018. Link 

"Issues on Transparency, Accountability, and Control in Hybrid organisations: The Case of Enterprises Owned by Local Government" (with Gissur Ó Erlingsson och Anna Thomasson), in Andrea Bonomi Savignon, Luca Gnan, Alessandro Hinna and Fabio Monteduro (eds.) Hybridity in the Governance and Delivery of Public Services, Emerald Publishing. 2018. Link

"More Politicians, More Corruption: Evidence from Swedish Municipalities" (med Andreas Bergh och Günter Fink). Public Choice, 172(3-4), 483–500, 2017. Link

A Clean House? – Studies of Corruption in Sweden (with Andreas Bergh, Gissur Ó Erlingsson and Mats Sjödon). Lund: Nordic Academic Press. 2016. Link

”Distrust in Utopia? Public Perceptions of Corruption and Political Support in Iceland Before and after the Financial Crisis in 2008” (with Gissur Ó. Erlingsson and Jonas Linde), Government and Opposition, 51(4): 553-579, 2016Link 


For a complete list of publications, go to the external webpage.

Richard Öhrvall


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Richard Öhrvall is a researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN). He received his Ph.D. in political science in 2018 from Linköping University. He is affiliated to The Institute for Analytical Sociology, (IAS) at Linköping University.


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The researchers at IFN are united in their belief that economic methods offer a powerful tool for understanding society.

The main research programs are:

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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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