The Economics of the Service Sector

On-going projects

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. 

Personality and Labor Market Outcomes

Project manager: Erik Lindqvist, Stockholm University 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.

Welfare technologies

Project manager: Henrik Jordahl

We study the introduction of welfare technologies in Swedish municipalities and counties. In many cases, welfare technologies aim at increasing service quality, but can also facilitate monitoring and control of employees. 

School reform

Project manager: Johan Wennström

Many significant Swedish school reforms in the last decades have been carried out in concert between the Left and the Right. This project asks how these reforms have affected schools, teachers, and pupils.

Value added

Project manager: Henrik Jordahl

In this project, we calculate value-added scores to measure the quality of schools, making comparisons with other quality measures and student outcomes after graduation.  

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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