The Economics of the Service Sector

On-going projects

Public Services in the Future

Project manager: Henrik Jordahl

In recent years, public services have grown in importance on the political agenda. The proposal to introduce a general cap on profits in the tax-financed service sector has been particularly controversial. This project aims at producing resarch which can be used as a basis for decision making with regard to regulation of the welfare sector.

Ownership, entry and competition in urban and rural service markets

Project manager: Henrik Jordahl

We study how ownership, entry and competition affect productivity and efficiency in home assistance and retail. We make use of bigger data bases and new data which did not exist before the digitilization of these markets. Geographical market differences are highlighted in the analysis. 

Minimum Wages and Labour Demand for Low-skilled Workers

Project manager: Per Skedinger

The aim of this project is to examine the effects of minimum wages on employment and other outcomes.

Employment Protection

Project manager: Per Skedinger

This is a study of the effects of employment protection - in Sweden and in other countries.

Policy evaluation for regional sustainable development

Project manager: Matilda Orth and Florin Maican, IFN and KU Leuven

Access to commercial services in both rural and urban areas is crucial to achieve a sustainable development in all regions of Sweden. Examples of frequently debated policy tools are a recently implemented subsidy to firms in rural areas and regional planning of entry of new firms. 

Shopping for Change

Project manager: Özge Öner

The project aims at investigating the importance of the retail sector for urban and economic development in Sweden. 

Behavioral Aspects of Institutional Design

Project manager: Ola Andersson

The research projects aims at studying behavioral aspects of institutional design. The starting premise is that an institution is a formal centralized structure. There are numerous examples of such structures: creating a centralized public procurement, creating spectrum license auctions, allocating school children to schools, matching kidney patients to donors.

Location Choices of Independent Schools

Project manager: Karin Edmark, Stockholm University and IFN

This project studies the location decisions of Swedish independent start-up schools, and how these decisions are affected by factors that vary between geographical regions.

Personality and Labor Market Outcomes

Project manager: Erik Lindqvist, Stockholm School of Economics and IFN

In this project, we use Swedish data from military enlistment to study the importance of different personality traits for wages, earnings and unemployment.

The Evolution of the High Ability Firm

Project manager: Jonas Vlachos, Stockholm University and IFN

The central role of human capital for productivity is widely acknowledged in the economic sciences. This project studies the distribution of human capital across firms over time.

Private provider entry and competition on local care markets

Project manager: Lovisa Persson

In this project we collect new data in order to study competition on local care markets and private provider entry in urban and rural areas. 

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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