Sven-Olov Daunfeldt

Sven-Olov Daunfeldt

Professor, head of research
Sven-Olov Daunfeldt

Research areas

Entrepreneurship, business development, firm dynamics, structural change, field experiments, taxation, institutional economics and monetary policy.

Research description

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.