Research faculty

Shon Ferguson

Associate Professor

Among the questions that Shon Ferguson tries to answer with his research:

  • How do firms respond to tougher competition due to trade liberalization?
  • How do firms respond to higher energy prices?
  • Why are high-tech firms so export-dependent?
  • Do small- and medium-sized firms benefit from state-subsidized export promotion?
  • Under what conditions does ownership of input providers help firms to produce more effectively?


New research

Why is Carbon Leakage for Energy-Intensive Industry Hard to Find? Shon Ferguson and Mark Sanctuary


Policy Reports (in Swedish)

  • Born globals: Fakta och önsketänkande (with Louise Johannesson and Magnus Henrekson), Karl-Adam Bonniers Stiftelse, Stockholm, 2018.
  • Flyget och företagen (with Rikard Forslid), SNS Förlag, Stockholm, 2016.

Recent Working Papers

Work in Progress

  • Heterogeneous Economies of Scale (with Per Hjertstrand)
  • Measurement Errors, Trade Unit Values and the Armington Elasticity (with Julian Alston and Aaron Smith)

Shon Ferguson


Ph : +46 8 665 4523


Shon Ferguson was born in Canada and has lived in Sweden since 2005. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2010 from Stockholm University. Shon also has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics. Shon was granted the "Docent" status (Associate Professor) in April 2019.

Leading Research Environment

IFN at the top


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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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