Research faculty

Therese Nilsson

Associate Professor

Research interests: Globalization: health and poverty, social norms and institutions; health shocks, and economic inequality and health.

Among the questions that Therese Nilsson tries to answer with her research:\


  • What is the impact of economic and social globalization human health?
  • To what extent does globalization affect institutional conditions for development?
  • What were the economic consequences of the Spanish flu?
  • What are the effects of the introduction of free antenatal care?


New research

The Short- and Long-term Effects of Student Absence: Evidence from Sweden Sarah Cattan, Daniel A. Kamhofer, Martin Karlsson and Therese Nilsson

Therese Nilsson's research comprises various aspects of the nexus of inequality, globalization and health in high- and low-income countries. Among other things, she has examined the relationship between liberalization and income inequality, and assessed how the past decades of increasing integration affected life expectancy. She has also empirically examined techniques for measuring inequality when simultaneously including several welfare attributes.

Recently published book

Bergh, A., Nilsson, T., och Waldenström, D. (2012) ”Blir vi sjuka av inkomstskillnader - En introduktion till sambanden mellan inkomst, ojämlikhet och hälsa”, Studentlitteratur, Lund

Therese Nilsson


Ph: +46 46 222 4643
Mob: +46 73 396 7919


Therese Nilsson has a PhD in economics (2009). She has international collaborations with researchers at European universities and is also an examiner at the Trade Policy Training Institute in Africa (trapca), in Tanzania. Therese Nilsson spends 50 percent of her time as a researcher at Lund University.

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.

Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 15, 2016, in Stockholm.

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