Research faculty

Roger Svensson

Associate Professor

Among the questions that RogerSvensson tries to answer with his research:

  • When should the government subsidize entrepreneurs and innovative firms?
  • How should the system with intellectual properties be designed to create higher welfare?
  • In which situations should inventors sell the patent or enter the market?
  • Application of economic theory on historical monetary systems.




New research

Regional Monetary Standards and Medieval Bracteates Roger Svensson

Roger Svensson is interested in issues related to the private sector, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and technology development. The effects of government interventions or subsidies to stimulate growth are here important. He has also a great interest of applying economic theory on economic-historical environments, especially monetary policy.


Selected publications:

The Importance of Tacit Knowledge: Dynamic Inventor Activity in the Commercialization Phase (with Per Botolf Maurseth), Research Policy, Vol. 49(7), pp. 1–12, 2020.

Renovatio Monetae: When Gesell Taxes Worked (with Andreas Westermark), International Economic Review, Vol 61(2), pp. 821–46, 2020.

Periodic Re-Coinage as a Monetary Tax: Conditions for the Rise and Fall of the Bracteate Economy, The Economic History Review, Vol. 69(4), pp. 1108–31, 2016.

Creative Destruction and Productive Pre-emptive Acquisitions (with Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson), Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 31(3), pp. 326–43, 2016.

The Inventor’s Role: Was Schumpeter Right? (with Pontus Braunerhjelm), Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Vol. 20(3), pp. 413–44, 2010.

Commercialization of Patents and Extrernal Financing during the R&D-Phase, Research Policy, Vol. 36(7), pp. 1052–69, 2007.

R&D and Foreign Sales in Swedish Multinationals: A Simultaneous Relationship? (with Gunnar Fors), Research Policy, Vol. 31(1), pp. 95–107, 2002.

Roger Svensson


Ph : +46 8 665 4549
Mob : +46 70 491 0166


Roger Svensson is an economist and statistician, as well as an empirist. He received his doctorate of Economics at Uppsala University, in 1996 and was appointed Professor of Innovations and International Technology Transfer at Mälardalen University, in 2003.


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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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