Stockholm University

Department of Economics

SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden




Short presentation

I am a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics (PhD 1993) and professor of Economics at the Department of Economics since 2007. As of the fall 2018, I am the head of the department. I have the academic responsibility for international student exchange and am the current director of ENTER, a select network of European universities for training in economic research.
My field of research is applied micro economic theory, mainly within the fields of industrial organization and public economics. A particular interest of mine has been to examine the impact of interdependent preferences or social norms in such analyses.
Between 2008 and 2011, I was on leave to work as chief economist for the Swedish Competition Authority. Prior to that, I served as an economic expert member of Swedish courts in competition law cases; and subsequently, I have provided advice and expert testimonies to parties in these matters.

Research interests

  • Industrial organization and antitrust
  • Public economics
  • Social norms

Current teaching

  • Antitrust and Regulation
  • Economics of Industrial Organization
  • Lectures in Law and Economics II, and lectures on economics and competition at the department of Law

Working papers

Forslid, R, Nyberg, S. 2017. 'Brexit - balancing trade and mobility?'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Selected publications

“Public Order and Private Payments: Evidence from the Swedish Soccer League”. Journal of Public Economics, Volume 153, September 2017, Pages 1–8. (With Mikael Priks).

“Every Viewer has a Price – On the Differentiation of TV Listings”, Journal of Media Economics, 25 (4) (Dec 2012), (With Jonas Häckner).

“Advertising and Media Market Concentration”, Journal of Media Economics, 21 (2), (April 2008), 79-96, (With Jonas Häckner).

“Raising Children to Work Hard: Altruism, Work Norms and Social Insurance”, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 121 (4), 2006, 1473-1503. (With Assar Lindbeck).

“Social Norms and Welfare State Dynamics”, The Journal of the European Economic Association, April-May, 1 (2-3), 2003, 533-542. (With Assar Lindbeck and Jörgen W. Weibull).

"Rent-Control and Prices of Owner Occupied Housing", Scandinavian Journal of Economics,102 (2), 2000, 311-324. (With Jonas Häckner).

"Social Norms and Economic Incentives in the Welfare State", Quarterly Journal of Economics, 114, 1999, 1-35. (With Assar Lindbeck and Jörgen W. Weibull).

"The Honest Society: Stability and Policy Considerations". Journal of Public Economics, 64, 1997, 83-99.

“Vanity and Congestion: A Study of Reciprocal Externalities”, Economica.63, 1996, 97-111. (With Jonas Häckner).

“Reciprocal Shareholding and Takeover Deterrence”. The International Journal of Industrial Organization, 13, 1995, 355-372.

“Deregulating Taxi Services; a Word of Caution”, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy. May 1995. (With Jonas Häckner).

Books, reports and chapters in books

“Plats för fler som bygger mer - Betänkande av Utredningen om bättre konkurrens för ökat bostadsbyggande”, SOU 2015:105. (With Jonas Hammarlund and John Söderström).

”Price Squeeze Absent a Duty to Deal – What is the Relevant Counterfactual?”, in Hans-Henrik Lidgard (ed), Nordic perspectives on Competition in Innovation Markets, Maria Magle Publishing, 2013.  With Martin Mandorff.

”Konkurrens och innovationsklimat”, in Pontus Braunerhjelm (ed), Swedish Economic Forum Report 2011: Ett innovationspolitiskt ramverk – ett steg vidare, Entreprenörsskapsforum, 2011.

”Infrastruktur och konkurrens” (Infrastructure and competition), report to the Swedish Competition Authority, 2009.

Konkurrens och välstånd (Compeition and Wealth), SNS Förlag, 2002. (Based on the report Konkurrens och välstånd - vad säger nationalekonomisk forskning? to the Confederation of Swedish Industry, 2002). With Mattias Ganslandt.

Gränslös konkurrens - Sverige i ett integrerat Europa (Competition without borders – Sweden in an integrated Europe), SNS ekonomiråds rapport 2002. With Pontus Braunerhjelm (ed.), Mattias Ganslandt, Johan Stennek and Nils Wahl.

“Lönesättning och incitament” (Wage setting and incentives). Chapter in the textbook Tillämpad mikroekonomi, (eds) Dufwenberg, Isacson och Lundholm. Studentlitteratur, 2000. With Mahmood Arai.

“Normer och rationella val” (Norms and rational choice), in the series; Studies in Ethics and Economics 5, Department of Theology, Uppsala University, 1999.

Arbetsförmedlingarna - Mål och drivkrafter (Employment offices – goals and motivations), report to ESO (With English summary), Ds 1998:16, Ministry of finance, Stockholm. With Per Skedinger.

“Honesty, Vanity and Corporate Equity”. PhD dissertation in economics. Stockholm School of Economics, 1993.

Op-eds and editorials

”Bäst om migration förhandlas före handel”, op-ed article published in Svenska Dagbladet Näringsliv, April 9, 2018. (With Rikard Forslid).

”Så kan det bli mer konkurrens bland byggarna”, op-ed article published in Svenska Dagbladet Näringsliv, December 16, 2015. (With Jonas Hammarlund and John Söderström).

“Fri konkurrens möter hinder” (Free competition encounters obstacles), op-ed article in Uppsala Nya Tidning, January 30, 2002. (With Mattias Ganslandt).

Editorials in Ekonomisk Debatt,1995 and 1996.