Institutet för entreprenörskaps- och småföretagsforskning
– sprider kunskap om entreprenörskap, innovation och småföretag
Vem gör vad? Magnus Henrekson

Magnus Henrekson

Namn: Magnus Henrekson

Titel/tjänst: Professor, VD

Universitet/högskola/organisation: Institutet för Näringslivsforskning (IFN)

E-postadress: magnus.henrekson[at]


Aktuella projekt:
  1. Globalization and Ownership Policy in Post-war Sweden:
    To what extent is an ownership model built on family control also applicable in the future? What effects can be expected from an increased share of public ownership and funds run by the government or corporatives?
    Can the emerging model with increasing ownership dispersion work without the kind of forceful incentive measures for firm managements that are so common in Anglo-Saxon countries?
  2. The Political Economics of Entrepreneurship:
    The main aim of the project is to analyze how the degree of entrepreneurial activity and to which activities it is channeled is determined by central institutions in the economy.
  3. Policies for High-Growth Firms
    In this project we analyze the process of fast-growing enterprises creating employment and jobs, as well as the institutional framework affecting these companies.

    To analyze how the institutional framework can be expected to affect the fast-growing companies, we use the so-called expertise-block-theory. According to this theory, growth at the company level is driven by an ongoing process where innovative knowledge is discovered, developed and applied. The block of expertise consists of key players with complementary skills required to generate and commercialize new business ideas: I.e. inventors, entrepreneurs, industrialists, venture capitalists, actors in the secondary markets, educated/skilled labor and skilled customers.

  4. Entrepreneurship, Taxation and the Economics of the Public Sector
    To analyze the phenomenon of entrepreneurship it has to be defined and assessed. Earlier research has relied on the category “self-employment” to quantify entrepreneurship. Though, the vast majority of self-employed is neither innovative nor growth-oriented. In this category you find for example, plumbers, taxi drivers, dentists and consultants, which differ markedly from for example contractors.

    In this project, we compare countries, geographic regions, and companies from both a self-employment perspective and an entrepreneurship perspective. Our study shows that regions and companies with a high proportion of self-employed tend to have a lower degree of entrepreneurship. The method to measure innovative entrepreneurship that we have constructed shows clearly that entrepreneurship is more negatively affected by taxes, regulations, and weak institutions compared to self-employment.
  5. Stock Option Taxation and Innovative Entrepreneurship
Publicerat, tidskrifter/konferensbidrag:
  • Henrekson, Magnus (2014), "Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Human Flourishing". Small Business Economics 43(3), 511–528.
  • Henrekson, Magnus och Tino Sanandaji (2014), "Small Business Activity Does not Measure Entrepreneurship". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 111(5), 1760–1765.
  • Elert, Niklas och Magnus Henrekson (2016), “Evasive Entrepreneurship”. Small Business Economics, Vol. 47, No. 1.
  • (2010): ”Gazelles as Job Creators – A Survey and Interpretation of the Evidence” (with Dan Johansson). Small Business Economics, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2010.
  • Henrekson, Magnus och Tino Sanandaji (2016), “Owner-Level Taxes and Business Activity”. Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship, Vol. 12, No. 1, 1–94.
Publicerat, böcker/rapporter:
  • Andersson, Martin och Magnus Henrekson, ”Local Competiveness Fostered through Local Institutions for Entrepreneurship”, i David B. Audretsch, Albert N. Link och Mary Walshok, red., Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Henrekson, Magnus (2014), "How Labor Market Institutions Affect Job Creation and Productivity Growth". IZA World of Labor 2014(38), 1–10.
  • Braunerhjelm, Pontus and Magnus Henrekson (2013), "Entrepreneurship, Institutions, and Economic Dynamism: Lessons from a Comparison of the United States and Sweden". Industrial and Corporate Change 22(1), 107–130.
  • Henrekson, Magnus och Dan Johansson (2011), "Firm Growth, Institutions, and Structural Transformation". Kap. 7, pp. 175–214 i Michael Fritsch, red., Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Regional Development: National and Regional Perspectives. Cheltenham, UK och Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Douhan Robin och Magnus Henrekson(2008), "The Political Economy of Entrepreneurship: An Introduction”. I Magnus Henrekson och Robin Douhan, red., The Political Economy of Entrepreneurship Vol. I and II. The International Library of Entrepreneurship Series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

(1990): "An Economic Analysis of Swedish Government Expenditure". Aldershot: Avebury, 1992. (A slightly revised edition of my Doctoral Dissertation, University of Gothenburg.) 

Spelregler och entreprenörskap. Institutioner. Snabbväxande företag. Företagsbeskattning. Bolagsstyrning. Regleringar och entreprenörskap.

Övriga meriter och information:
Jacob Wallenberg Professor of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics 2001–09.

Editor Ekonomisk Debatt (the journal of the Swedish Economic Association), 1991–92.
Editorial Board Ekonomisk Debatt (the journal of the Swedish Economic Association), 1993–94.
Member of the SNS Policy Group, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, and 2006.
SNS-associated researcher, 1992–.
Secretary, The Economic Club, Stockholm, 1993–96.
Scientific advisor to the AP-fund, 1993–99.
Member of the government appointed group of experts regarding the formation of a new gender policy, 1993–94.
Founder and head of Section for Historical Economics, Evolution and Entrepreneurship (SHEEE) at the Stockholm School of Economics, 2001–05.
Board of Editors Small Business Economics, 2001–.
Board of Editors Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship, 2004–.
Advisory Board: Ratio Institute, 2001–05, Women's Business Research Institute, 2001–06; Glass House Forum, 2007–11; Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (FSF), 2001–; ESBRI, 2001–.
Board of Trustees Axel & Margret Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse, 2003–07.
Board of Trustees (Förtroenderådet) SNS, 2003–.
Member of the Swedish Government Expert Group on Innovation Policy (IPE-gruppen) appointed jointly by the Ministers of Education and Industry, 2002–2003.
Advisor to VINNOVA regarding their assignment to advise the government on measure facilitating the commercialization of university research, 2003.
Member of the Prize Committee for the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, 2002–2006, 2009–10.
Chairman of the Prize Committee for the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, 2007–2009.
Member of the Prize Committee for the Jacob Palmstierna Award, 2010–.
Scientific advisor, Swedish Institute for Growth Policy Studies, ITPS, 2003–2007.
Scientific advisor, FORES (Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability), 2007–
Fellow, Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), 2008–.
Commissioned expert report and advisory function, Swedish Globalization Council (Ministry of Education), 2007–08.
Chairman of the Scientific Evaluation Committee for the Social Sciences, Ragnar Söderberg Foundation, 2009–10.
Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences’ (IVA) project Innovation for Growth, Stockholm, 2009–.
Member of the Board for the Service Sector Initiative, Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Stockholm, 2010–.
Member of Government Committee on Business Taxation (Företagsskattekommittén), 2011–

Roughly 580 public appearances at quasi- or non-academic events, roundtable discussions etc. since 1990.
More than 90 Op-Ed articles on policy issues in leading Swedish daily newspapers.
Invited talks at Ministries, Parliament and to government expert commissions on numerous occasions.
Commissioned to write an expert report to the two most extensive government commissions on economic policy in Sweden in recent decades: the Lindbeck Commission in 1993 and the Swedish Globalization Council in 2008.
Ranked among the top-100 opinion leaders in Sweden in the annual DSM ranking 2001–2003 and 2013.
Scientific advisor, Region of Skåne, 2012–2014.
Special expert (sakkunnig) on the Government Committee on Business Taxation (Företagsskattekommittén), 2011–2014.
Member of the Board Fundcurve AB), 2013–.