Surprisingly few economists have taken an interest in the retail industry, even though it constitutes a growing and significant part of the economy. I have studied the retail industry since 2002, and my research has been focused on answering questions such as: What are the regional effects when large retailers enter a local market? How does congestion charges affect inner-city retailing? How does minimum wages affect employment within the industry? Are retail firms important job contributors for first-generation immigrants?
I have also published a large number of studies on firm growth in general. I’m particularly interested in firms’ growth processes, the institutional conditions for firm growth, and the importance of high-growth firms. Recently, many of my projects have been focused on different types of effect evaluations. I have, for example, investigated if a liberalization of the Swedish employment protection legislation act affected the labor market position of immigrants, if a reduction of the pay-roll tax for young employees increased employment among the treated firms, and if targeted R&D grants towards SMEs improve firm performance.
I also collaborate closely with different companies to get access to unique consumer data and to investigate questions that are important from both an academic and a business perspective. I have, in collaboration with Soundtrack Your Brand (exclusive provider of Spotify Business), conducted the biggest field experiment of its kind on the effects of background music in restaurants. I also work with Prisjakt, the market leading price comparison site in Sweden, to study price movements and on-line search behaviour of consumers.
I have written more than 100 papers in total, of which over 40 are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the Journal of Population Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Industrial and Corporate Change and Small Business Economics.