13882703_10154363971933764_2341961425803887434_n kopia 2Hi! My name is Jakob Molinder, and I’m a postdoctoral researcher in Economic History at Lund and Uppsala University.

My research areas are in the economic history of labor markets and geography of economic development. I’m particularly interested in the interaction of labor markets, urbanization, and geographically uneven economic growth. I’m currently working in a project led by Kerstin Enflo and Tobias Karlsson examining strike activity in Sweden from early industrialization to the Second World War. I also do work on historical urban economic and social geography, regional wages, and income inequality.

In early September of 2017, I defended my dissertation at Uppsala University with the title “Interregional Migration, Wages and Labor Market Policy: Essays on the Swedish Model in the Postwar Period” and you can read more about it under “Publications“.

My ongoing and published work is available here or through my Google Scholar profile. You can find my CV here. During the Lent term of 2019, I’m a visiting scholar at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.

Recent research

  • I have a new working paper with Johan Ericsson on the effect of industrialization on workers living standards in Sweden called “A Workers’ Revolution in Sweden? Exploring Economic Growth and Distributional Change with Detailed Data on Construction Workers’ Wages, 1831–1900” available here.
  • My paper with Kerstin Enflo and Tobias Karlsson on the Power Resource Theory and industrial conflicts in Sweden 1919–1938 is now available as a CEPR working paper. We have also written a VoxEU summary of the paper available here.
  • My article on the effect of the Swedish solidaristic wage policy on wages and structural change during the 1956 to 1980s period is now available as a preprint at the European Review of Economic History: “Wage differentials, economic restructuring and the solidaristic wage policy in Sweden” (Link to journal).


On this site, I have made public some of the data that I have collected when working with Swedish historical labor market statistics. You can find them in the “Data” section. As of now, the database includes a dataset on the national unemployment rate starting in 1911 as well as information from the public labor exchanges going back to 1914. The latest addition is the dataset “Swedish Public Labor Exchange Data by County, 1914–1975”.