Research in labour market and working life

The labour market and working life have to a great extent shaped our economic history. Even today we are affected by the conditions of the labour market as well as in working life, regardless of whether we are outside or part of the labour market. This research area has for a long time also characterised the economic-political debate. Research on the labour market and working life at the Department of Economic History deals with both the labour market, working life and work organisation aspects from an economic-historical perspective. We primarily deal with the period from the 20th century onwards. Previous research has included work environment aspects, how work was organised, social partners in terms of the Swedish model, migration, working hours, gender aspects in working life. Various factors that interact in historical times are politics, markets and institutions. In addition, the editorial board of the referee journal Economic and Industrial Democracy, published by Sage, London, is located at the Department. We work with European colleagues in ongoing research cooperations.

Ongoing projects

The movement of White collar unions and the emergence of employment transition agreements in the Swedish Model

Project leader: Jan Ottosson I Project description

The Metal Bazaar: Knowledge-making in the Stockholm Metal Trades during the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’

Project leader: Göran Rydén I Project description

En fråga om arv: Humankapital och förmögenhet som förutsättning för social mobilitet, Sverige 1880-1950

Project leader: Kristina Lilja I Project description

The Swedish transition to equality: income inequality with new micro data, 1862–1970

Project leader: Erik Bengtsson (Economic History, Lund University) I Project description