Johan Eklund

Chair, Head of Scientific Committee


Professor Johan Eklund is the Managing Director of Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Professor at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) where he received his doctorate in economics in 2008. He is also affiliated to Indiana University, School of Policy and Environmental Affairs and Institute for Development Studies, US. Johan Eklund’s main research interests concern the relationship between institutions – in particular regulations – and their long-term effects on economic development and growth. He also has broad interests in industrial economics, institutional economics and law and economics. Johan Eklund also conducts research in the area of regulatory economics and more recently also economics of education/human capital. Recent research interests include entrepreneurship and how institutions and the regulatory environment affect entrepreneurship. Eklund’s research is naturally positioned towards both academic and policy audiences. Previously, Johan Eklund was a researcher at the Ratio Institute, and has also been guest researcher at George Mason University. He has served as Associate Dean at Jönköping International Business School. Johan Eklund was also the Deputy Head Secretary of ”the Entrepreneurship Committee” on how to improve conditions for entrepreneurship and business climate in Sweden, set up by the Swedish Government.