On-going projects

Policy evaluation for regional sustainable development

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. 

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

The purpose of this project is to evaluate and quantify the effects of such public policies for consumers, firms and society as a whole. We model consumer behavior and strategic interaction between firms over time in regions with different characteristics. We use novel data on all Swedish services firms and evaluate policy tools that are directly in the hands of policymakers. This facilitates the practical importance of our results for policymakers, public authorities, politicians, interest groups, firms and consumers.

The project is financed by The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning.

Time period: 2017-



Maican, F., M. Orth, M. Roberts, and V. Anh Vuong (2020). The Dynamic Impact of Exporting on Firm R&D Investment, NBER Working Paper 27 986, CEPR Discussion Paper 15369, IFN Working Paper 1366.

Maican, F and M. Orth (2020). Determinants of Economies of Scope in Retail, CEPR Discussion Paper 15084.

Maican F. and M. Orth (2019). Deregulating retail: The hidden impact of a lower bar to entry. IFN Newsletter No. 2, 2019. Link

Maican F. and M. Orth (2018), Inventory behavior, demand, and productivity in retail, IFN Working Paper No. 1247 and CEPR Discussion Paper No. 13308.

Maican F. and M. Orth (2018), Digitalisering, strukturomvandling och produktivitet i tjänsteföretag, Ekonomisk Debatt, 46 (1), 47-58.  

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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