Research projects

Private Equity's Influence on the Real Economy

Project manager: Lars Persson

Pehr-Johan Norbäck, Martin Olsson and Joacim Tåg

In recent years, the private equity industry has experienced a fast pace of growth and today it represents an important part of both Swedish, and World economy. According to the Swedish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (SVCA), in 2007 private equity investments in Sweden amounted to about 1.6 per cent of GDP, making the Swedish private equity industry, together with Great Britain’s, Europe's industry leaders. Today, around 170 000 Swedish employees are employed by one of the 800+ companies owned by private equity firms.

The purpose of this project is to study how the private equity business functions, and its effects on the real economy, such as job creation, research & development and productivity. As a part of this project, a unique data base with more than 450 private equity buy-outs will be created and linked with detailed information on financial statements and owners of legal entities in Sweden.

International cooperation

Visiting researchers

Collaborating with others is essential for IFN as a research institute. Our researchers co-author articles with colleagues from other institutes, and many also teach at various universities and colleges.

As part of our extensive program of guest researchers, leading international researchers visit the institute. The visitors present and pursue their research as well as interact and cooperate with researchers at IFN.

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