On-going projects

Ownership, Entry and Competition in Urban and Rural Service Markets

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. 

Project manager: Henrik Jordahl

Matilda Orth and Lovisa Persson

For home assistance, we will use new data collected directly from a number of Swedish municipalities. The data collection is enabled by the recent digitilization, with electronic measurement of the time use of the employees. Because of this technological development, we can introudce new and high quality data to the literature. For retail, we have access to large and detailed data bases covering all retail stores in Sweden since 2001. Such a data base, with information on owership, store type, and sales area, is unique and enables extensive analyses at the store level. How has productivity and effeiciency developed in home assistance and retail? 

The project is financed by a grant from Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse.

Time period: 2017-



Jordahl, Henrik and Lovisa Persson (2020). The end of a trend? Retraction of choice in Swedish elderly care, Journal of Economic Policy Reform, forthcoming. Link

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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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