Ongoing PhD projects

Informal financial markets in 19th century Sweden. Estimates based on micro-data.
PhD student Jaser Abbas

The project is run by Professor Håkan Lindgren, and includes among others PhD-student Jaser Abbas, Department of Economic History, Uppsala University. The latter is studying the informal financial market in Scania with focus on the development of socio-economic and geographical structures and the effects of economic crises on credit relations. Preliminary title of the thesis is Credit in times of crisis: Informal credits in Malmöhus County, 1850–1910.

Antibiotics research: How, why and to what effect the conditions of antibiotics research changed 1980-2010
PhD student Carl Björvang

During a period of increased awareness of need for new antibiotics, the research in the field underwent significant changes. This project assesses the extent of these changes. It also looks at the underlying causes of the changes to understand why they came about. Finally it aims to study the effects they had on individual researchers and their ability to conduct productive research within the field.

The rise of patenting in Sweden 1885-1920
Doktorand Henrik Ericson

In this project I will study the rise and development of patenting in Sweden 1885-1920, and how this can be related to the changing structure of the Swedish economy. A part of the project is the construction of a new database, containing all Swedish patents during the period, with information about the patent, inventor, and the patentee. 

Influence on Swedish bank regulation during the twentieth century
PhD student Cecilia Kahn

This dissertation takes a stakeholder perspective on the legislative and regulatory processes for bank regulation in Sweden during the twentieth century. A number of cases of regulatory development are considered with focus on vested interests, arguments, channels of influence and outcomes. Politicians, the supervisor, the Riksbank, the bankers, academia, media etcetera are included in the analysis. Through this, the development of regulations and the stakeholders’ respective positions of influence can be described for each case as well as how influence has changed over time. Furthermore, this provides an empirical basis for testing hypothesis of regulatory theory and the theory of regulatory capture. Printed material such as riksdagstryck and archival material are used. The rich source of previous research is also used as secondary sources. 

Clearing the Land – Enclosure and Agricultural Development in the Region of Mälardalen 1750-1900
PhD student Maja Lundqvist

The thesis aims to explore the agricultural development in the region of Mälardalen in the centre of Sweden. The purpose is to identify if there was a production and productivity increase that can be identified as an agricultural revolution. Furthermore, the study intends to examine whether the institutional changes brought on by the enclosure movement had any consequences for the development.

Tariffs, Trade and Economic Growth in Sweden 1858-1913
PhD student Viktor Persarvet

During the second half of the 19th century, Sweden underwent a radical economic transition from a poor agrarian country to an industrialized nation. At the same time, Sweden went from having a more free trade inclined to a protectionist trade policy. Growth rates accelerated in the protectionist period which is interesting since openness is usually held to be growth promoting. The purpose of my dissertation is to estimate the effects of the Swedish trade policy on trade and growth during the period. The project includes the construction of both nominal and effective rates of protection at the aggregate and disaggregate level for the Swedish economy using data collected from the Swedish tariff legislation and official trade and industrial statistics. Estimation of tariff effects on trade and growth is done with the use of gravity models, estimates of import penetration and labor productivity.

Social mobility in an age of social movement
PhD student Jonas Söderqvist

My work is part of a research project looking into social mobility in Sweden during the period 1859–1950. By mapping mobility of individuals with low income background, attending adult education, I am investigating aspects of social mobility for a group with no access to colleges and universities. The Folk high schools (folkhögskolor) in Sweden where educational institutions in the rural areas of the country, offering theoretical training to young adults. First, their students were sons (and later, daughters) of home owning farmers. Later, they became popular among the temperance movement and the labour movement, whose leaders and intellectuals were provided ELLER offered further theoretical training. At the moment, I am investigating a group of students from the Brunnsvik folk high school, who were politically organized in the labour movement, and some of whom personally experienced social mobility during their life time. My work is part of the research project En fråga om arv: Humankapital och förmögenhet som förutsättning för social mobilitet, Sverige 1880-1950 (A matter of inheritance: human capital and fortune as  prerequisites for social mobility, Sweden 1880-1950), funded by the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius foundations. Project manager is Associate Professor Kristina Lilja.