On-going projects

The Evolution of the High Ability Firm

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.

Project manager: Jonas Vlachos, Stockholm University and IFN

Christina Håkansson, Stockholm University and Erik Lindqvist, Stockholm School of Economics and IFN

The last decades have witnessed an increase in earnings inequality in Sweden and most other Western countries. Previous research on Swedish data has noted that the increase in earnings inequality has only taken place between workers in different firms and not within firms. However, it is yet not know whether this is due to a concentration of high-skilled workers to certain firms or to an increase in productivity differences between firms independent of the distribution of human capital. This project aims to provide an answer to this question.



Håkanson, Christina, Erik Lindqvist and Jonas Vlachos (2015). Firms and skills: The evolution of worker sorting. IFN Working Paper No. 1072. Forthcoming in Journal of Human Resources.

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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