IFN is a private non-profit research institution founded in 1939. The institute is devoted to independent, non-partisan, high-quality academic research in economics. In addition, IFN provides high quality analysis and policy recommendations for public and private decision-makers on current and emerging policy issues of relevance for the business sector.

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise is the principal of IFN. They contribute some 35 percent of the budget. The remainder is financed by research grants obtained in competition with other leading departments and institutions in its field. Research is conducted within four broad program areas: globalization and corporate restructuring, competition and trade in services, the economics of entrepreneurship, and the economics of electricity markets. With few exceptions the research staff of roughly 20 full-time scholars hold a doctorate in economics. For more information, see www.ifn.se/eng.