organization established at the initiative of members of the financial industry and actors from the academic arena. SIFR was launched in January 2001 and is situated in the center of Stockholm. Professor Magnus Dahlquist serves as director of the Institute. The mission of SIFR is to: • Conduct and stimulate high quality research on issues in financial economics, where there are promising prospects for practical applications, • Disseminate research results through publications, seminars, conferences, and other meetings, and • Establish a natural channel of communication about research issues in finance between the academic world and the financial sector. The activities of SIFR are supported by a foundation based on donations from Swedish financial institutions. Major contributions have been made by: AFA, Alecta, Alfred Berg
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