In short

History

The Swedish House of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics is Sweden’s national research center in financial economics. It was founded in 2011 by the Stockholm School of Economics and the Institute for Financial Research (SIFR) through a government initiative to strengthen financial research in Sweden with the aim to be one of the top research institutions in Europe.

The Institute for Financial Research (SIFR) was established in 2001 by an initiative form the Swedish financial sector with the purpose to support research in finance and step up the dialogue between researchers and decision-makers in the private and public sector.

Since SIFR and the Swedish House of Finance share the same ultimate goals, the two organizations merged in  June 2016 and decided to act under one name: the Swedish House of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Goals

The fundamental objective of the Swedish House of Finance is:

  • To create a hub for strengthening financial research in Sweden
  • To assemble strength and obtain benefits of scale that enable future expansion
  • To share positive external effects with the private, public and academic sectors in Sweden.

The Swedish House of Finance has promised to achieve this by providing a common platform for:

  • Discussion and meetings for policy makers, researchers and the financial sector
  • A national financial data center which builds new datasets for studying Swedish financial markets and facilitates data access for researchers and students
  • A national doctoral course program in finance, open to PhD students from all Swedish universities
  • An extensive visitor, seminar and conference program
  • International recruitment and retention of research talent

Our three guiding principles: Integrity, Citizenship and Excellence

The Swedish House of Finance is an open and modern research center, acting as a hub for disseminating knowledge and exchanging ideas. Our research is disseminated through publications, seminars and conferences in a truly international and highly competitive environment. By building and maintaining these networks, we are able to bring frontline financial research to Sweden. In Sweden, we teach students and executives, arrange conferences and seminars to academics, policy makers and the Swedish financial industry.

We have a long tradition of successful research collaborations with universities all over the world, but also domestic collaborations with other Swedish universities and governmental institutions, such as the Swedish central bank (Riksbanken), and the Swedish FSA (Finansinspektionen). Many of our researchers also serve as advisers to various Swedish government entities such as the Ministry of Finance, the FSA, the National Debt Office and the National Pension Funds (AP funds).

Since the center receives research grants and other financial support from both the private and public sector, it is imperative that our undertaken research remains uncompromised and nonpartisan. Our disclosure policy is in place to assure that our researchers conduct their affairs in ways that will not compromise their reputations, nor reflect adversely on the integrity of the Swedish House of Finance.

Collaborations

The Swedish House of Finance has formal collaborations with the universities in Stockholm, Lund, Umeå, Uppsala, and Gothenburg, as well as the Royal Institute of Technology. As part of this collaboration, academic partners have access to guest programs, PhD courses, travel support, research incentive programs and recruitment support.

Funding

The center relies on funding from the Stockholm School of Economics, the Swedish financial sector and the Swedish government (through Vinnova). A complete list of our partners can be found here.