Research areas

Institutional conditions for retail firms

We investigate the institutional conditions for firm growth and development within this research area, with a special focus on the conditions for retailers and firms active in other service industries. Firms within these industries have the potential to create jobs for those groups of employees who have difficulties in establishing themselves in the labor market. The service industries are also becoming increasingly important for overall economic development, which means that there is a need to understand how institutions should be designed to create growth and new jobs among service firms.

We have published a large number of studies within this research area. In one completed project, we have investigated how important retailers are in providing job opportunities for unemployed first-generation non-western immigrants. We have also analysed the consequences of the high minimum wages within the Swedish retail trade industry, the employment effects of reduced pay-roll taxes, and if a staff register requirement can reduce corporate tax evasion.

In our on-going research, we continue to investigate the effects of reduced pay-roll taxes. Now we are interested in how these pay-roll tax cuts affect wages for incumbent workers and the opportunities for first-generation immigrants to establish themselves in the Swedish labor market. We have also started a project where we follow young individuals that get their first job within a retail- or wholesale trade firm over time.

Scientific publications written in this area

Hans Seerar Westerberg

Are payroll tax cuts absorbed by insiders? Evidence from the Swedish retail industry

Applied Economics, forthcoming
Asif M. Huq, Fredrik Hartvig & Niklas Rudholm

Do audited firms have a lower cost of debt?

International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, forthcoming
Niklas Rudholm, Kenneth Carling & Yujiao Li

How does big-box entry affect labor productivity in durable goods retailing? A synthetic control approach.

The Annals of Regional Science, forthcoming.
Alex Coad, Sven-Olov Daunfeldt & Daniel Halvarsson

Amundsen versus Scott: are growth paths related to firm performance?

Small Business Economics, forthcoming
Sven-Olov Daunfeldt, Jasmine Moradi, Niklas Rudholm & Christine Öberg.

Effects on sales of employees’ opportunities to influence in-store music: Evidence from a field experiment.

Forthcoming Journal of Retail and Consumer Services
Sven-Olov Daunfeldt, Anton Gidehag & Niklas Rudholm.

How do firms respond to reduced labor costs? Evidence from the 2007 Swedish payroll tax reform.

Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 21: 315-338
Asif M. Huq, Sven-Olov Daunfeldt,, Fredrik Hartwig, & Niklas Rudholm.

Free to choose: Do voluntary audit reforms increase employment growth?

International Journal of the Economics of Business, 28(1): 163-178.
Sven-Olov Daunfeldt & Hans Seerar Westerberg

High-growth firms and the labor market entry of first-generation immigrants

International Review of Entrepreneurship, 18(2): 181-202.
Sven-Olov Daunfeldt, Dan Johansson & Hans Seerar Westerberg

Which firms provide jobs for unemployed non-Western immigrants?

The Service Industries Journal, 39(9-10), 762-778
Durevall, D.

Cost pass-through in the Swedish coffee market

European Review of Agricultural Economics, 45(4), 505-529.
Bergman, M.A., Granlund, D., & Rudholm, N.

Reforming the Swedish pharmaceuticals market – consequences for costs per defined daily dose.

International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 16, 201-214.
Daunfeldt, S-O., Elert, N., & Johansson, D.

Are high-growth firms overrepresented in high-tech Industries? Evidence from Sweden.

Industrial and Corporate Change, 25(1), 1-25.
Daunfeldt, S-O, Halvarsson, D., & Oana M.

High-growth firms: Not so vital after all?

International Review of Entrepreneurship, 14(4), 377-394.

Working papers written in this area

Reports written in this area