Björn Tyrefors, is a researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and partly at the Department of Economics at Stockholm University. He received his PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics in December 2007.  His research areas of interest are in Political and Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics. His dissertation work focused on how institutions shape policy using quasi-experimental methods.  He is currently working on projects dealing with political and public economics, discrimination, education and economics of crime.


New Working Papers

Quality and Efficiency Between Public and Private Firms: Evidence From Ambulance Services. IFN Working Paper No. 1365. With Daniel Knutsson. (R&R, QJE)

The Genius is a Male: Stereotypes and Same-Sex Bias in Exam Grading in Economics at Stockholm University. IFN Working Paper No. 1362. With Joakim Jansson

The Role of the Weighted Voting System in Investments in Local Public Education: Evidence from a New Historical Database  (with Per Pettersson-Lidbom and Erik Lindgren)

The Housing Wealth Effect: Quasi-Experimental Evidence (With Dany Kessel and Roine Vestman)

Restricting Residence Permits- Short-Run Evidence from a Swedish Reform. (With Niklas Blomqvist and Peter Skogman Thoursie)

Gender Quotas in the Board Room and Firm Performance: Evidence from a Credible Threat in Sweden. (With Joakim Jansson, submitted)

Do Mild Sentences Deter Crime? Evidence using a Regression-Discontinuity Design. (with Mikael Priks and Per Pettersson-Lidbom)

Age-Dependent Sentences and Crime Bunching – Empirical Evidences from Swedish Administrative Data. (with Mikael Priks and Mårten Palme)

Political Power, Resistance to Technological Change and Economic Development: Evidence from the 19th century Sweden.  (with Per Pettersson-Lidbom and Erik Lindgren)

Selected publications

The impact of banning mobile phones in Swedish secondary schools (With Dany Kessel and Hulda Lif Hardardottir)  Economics of Education Review. Volume 77, August 2020. (WP-version)

The impact of upper-secondary voucher school attendance on student achievment. Swedish evidence using external and internal evaluations (WP-version). (with Jonas Vlachos). Labour Economics,  Volume 47, August 2017, Pages 1-14

Democracy, Redistribution, and Political Participation: Evidence from Sweden 1919-1938. (with Per Pettersson-Lidbom) Econometrica, 82, pp.961-993. 2014,  (WP-version)

Are Boys Discriminated in Swedish High Schools ?  (with Erik Höglin and Magnus Johannesson.) Economics of Education Review, 30, pp. 682–690, 2011.  (WP-version)

Do Merging Local Governments Free Ride on Their Counterparts When Facing Boundary Reform. Journal of Public Economics, 93 , pp. 721-728, 2009