Henrik Jordahl

Örebro University and IFN, Sweden, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of economics at Örebro University and program director at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Sweden

Research interest

Public economics, in particular the intersection between private business and the public sector. Most research covers tax-financed services, privatization, management, school quality, voting behavior, and interpersonal trust

Past positions

SNS – Centre for Business and Policy Studies, External Director of Research, (2012–2015); The Ratio Institute, research fellow (2002); Uppsala University, Department of Economics, assistant lecturer (2002)


PhD in Economics, Uppsala University, 2002

Selected publications

  • Privatizing Welfare Services: Lessons from the Swedish Experiment. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming (with M. Blix).

  • "Outsourcing public services: Contractibility, cost, and quality." CESifo Economic Studies 65:4 (2019): 349–372 (with F. Andersson and J. Josephson).

  • "Perspectives on public sector outsourcing: Quasi-markets and prices." CESifo Economic Studies 65:4 (2019): 343–348.

  • "The right look: Conservative politicians look better and voters reward it." Journal of Public Economics 146 (2017): 79–86 (with N. Berggren and P. Poutvaara).

  • "Political preferences and public sector outsourcing." European Journal of Political Economy 30 (2013) 43–57 (with M. Elinder)