The Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) is a private and independent foundation devoted to pursuing highly relevant research for trade and industry. In today’s world of intense, knowledge-driven competition, research is duly increasing in specialization, yet so is the need for a broad societal perspective. The researchers at IFN are united in their belief that economic methods offer a powerful tool for understanding society.
IFN is one of Sweden’s leading research environments within the field of economics. We undertake research relevant to policy without sacrificing scientific quality, which is the only way to win the confidence of researchers, experts, and decision-makers.
We believe that IFN’s status as a private institute is one of its strengths. Public sector grants and priorities have always played a large role in deciding economic research. In contrast, IFN has ensured the existence of industry-specific economic research in Sweden throughout the decades. We were, for example, among the first institutes to examine the connection between entrepreneurship and economic growth. We have a long tradition of conducting high-quality research with integrity. Our research topics evolve with time, and we strive to address the most pressing issues as early as possible. In so doing, we remain an important figure in the research world as well as in the public debate.
The Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) is a private and non-profit foundation. The Institute was founded in 1939 by the Federation of Swedish Industry (SI) and the Swedish Employers’ Confederation (SAF) in order to encourage research on economic and social issues steeped in significance for industrial development.
Our mission is to:
Conduct independent economic research of the highest international academic standing.
Contribute high-quality analyses and policy recommendations to public and private decision-makers regarding issues of great relevance for Swedish trade and industry.
Disseminate research results to the academic world and to society as a whole.
Research from university
The research and researchers at the Institute are unified by the conviction that economics is an incomparably powerful tool for understanding society. Our research is non-partisan and independent. Professional integrity and objectivity are guiding principles for all research and analysis conducted at the Institute. The focus on these qualities is ensured by maintaining the highest academic standards as well as policies and practices governing the funding and dissemination of our research. We provide analysis and recommendations relevant for public policy on a non-exclusive basis. No research funding, neither personal nor institutional, is accepted for a project with a stipulated or predetermined result or policy stance. Any result of scholarly activity is freely disseminated. The Institute currently holds five large research programs:
The Economics of Entrepreneurship
Globalization and Corporate Restructuring
The Economics of the Service Sector
The Economics of Electricity Markets
The Economics of Institutions and Culture