13882703_10154363971933764_2341961425803887434_n kopia 2Hi! My name is Jakob Molinder, and I’m a postdoctoral researcher in Economic History at Uppsala and Lund 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 do work on historical urban economic and social geography, 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 spring of 2019, I’m a visiting scholar at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. While there, I will work on reconstructing the occupational structure of Sweden over the 1860 to 1970 period. These data will be used by the project on Swedish inequality that I run together with Erik Bengtsson of Lund University and Svante Prado of Gothenburg University. The new estimates will also be coded into the PSTI industrial classification scheme devised by the CAMPOP group and add to existing estimates of structural change in Sweden prior to 1920. One of the major tasks is to estimate the labor force participation and occupational structure of married women as the censuses are silent on this.


  • Together with Erik Bengtsson and Svante Prado, I have recently received funding for the project: “The Swedish transition to equality: income inequality with new microdata, 1862–1970”. We have been awarded 1.7 million SEK from Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius Stiftelse and 4.25 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council. More info about the project will be up soon.
  • 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.


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”.