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.

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

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.

The Swedish Minimum Wage System

Project manager: Per Skedinger

The aim of this project is to provide information about the levels and differentiation of minimum wages in Sweden, as well as 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.

Store Format Competition in Retail Markets

Project manager: Matilda Orth and Florin Maican, IFN and University of Gothenburg

The purpose of this research project is to conduct a dynamic analysis of demand and market structure in retail food.

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.

Innovations in the Hospitality Sector

Project manager: Özge Öner

This study focuses on the types, implementation and location of innovation in the hospitality sector.

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. 

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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