The Economics of Institutions and Culture

Current projects

Conditions for Growth – Institutions and Social Attitudes in a Global Economy

The project has three overarching purposes. One is to investigate how globalization affects growth-related social attitudes like trust, tolerance and religion. A second purpose is to look at how formal institutions, i.e., laws and rules, affect important economic outcomes, such as economic growth, entrepreneurship, innovations, the size of government and corruption. It is also studied how globalization affects the emergence of institutions of this kind. The third purpose is to carry out new research concerning how social and cultural factors, like trust, tolerance and religion, affect economic outcomes like entrepreneurship and growth.

Economics of the Welfare state

The overall purpose of this research program is to study the welfare state from an evolutionary point of view.

Financial Decisions and the Integrations among Immigrants in Sweden

The project aims at deepening our understanding of the financial decisions made by immigrants in Sweden. The goal is to understand why immigrants have lower lifetime savings and what can be done to improve the situation. The high immigration levels in Sweden makes it increasingly important to investigate the savings behavior of immigrants, to guide economic and social policy with the purpose of improving the welfare and integration of immigrants. By using Swedish microdata the project investigates the importance of cultural factors, such as trust, and institutions to explain the financial decisions of immigrants.

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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