Stockholm University

Department of Economics
SE-106 91 Stockholm Sweden









Short presentation

I obtained my PhD in 2003 at the Department of Economics, Stockholm University and joined the department the same year. I am director of studies for the first level and master level course programs.

Research interests

In general, I find analysis of strategic interaction between agents to be of great use in explaining different economic, political and social phenomena in real life. Therefore I apply game theory in my research focusing on the following fields:

  • Media economics - Issues of news media independence, quality and competition
  • Efficient environmental inspection and enforcement (EMT). - I was program leader (joint with Mathias Herzing) for the program EMT which was funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.  Link to project homepageWe currently have funding from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency for a second research program focused on how environmental inspections and enforcement can contribute to enhancing environmental behaviour.

  • The political economy of conflict and appropriation - Arms races, resource conflicts, analysis of illegal drugs markets


Working papers

"The impact of market competition on journalistic performance.". With Jacobsson, E., Becker, L., Vlad, T., Hollifield, C. A., (2008, July). Paper presented at the conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Stockholm, Sweden. (File available at the Cox Center, Georgia)
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 "Political media contests and confirmatory bias" (267 Kb) , Working Papers in Economics 2002:3, Department of Economics, Stockholm University.


Selected publications

Effektiv miljötillsyn (Efficient environmental inspection and enforcement - final report from the research programme EMT), Naturvårdsverket (Swedish Environmental Enforcement Agency, SEPA), report number 6558, May 2013.

“War and peace – cyclical phenomena?”. Public Choice, Vol 141, Numbers 3-4, December 2009, pp 467-480.

“Counter-intuitive effects of domestic law enforcement policies in the United States” (with Alberto Naranjo). Economics of Governance. Vol 10, Number 4, November 2009, pp 323-343.

“Is more always better? Examining the adverse effects of competition on media performance” (with Lee B. Becker, C. Ann Hollifield, Eva-Maria Jacobsson and Tudor Vlad). Journalism Studies, Vol. 10. No 3, 2009, pp 368-385. YouTube comment and abstract available here.

Tillämpad mikroekonomi second edition (co-editor with Jonas Häckner and Astri Muren). Studentlitteratur, 2009.

"Quality of news" (with Eva-Maria Jacobsson) in Donsbach, W. (ed), The Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Communication, 2008.

Chapter 12 on "Defense" in Dufwenberg, Isaksson, Lundholm, (eds), Tillämpad mikroekonomi, Studentlitteratur, 2000 (This is a textbook for first-year economics students.)


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