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.


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”.

Recent research

I have written a report (in Swedish) for the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) with a research summary of the literature studying the influence of unions on the distribution of wages and incomes. The report is called “Facklig organisering och ekonomisk jämlikhet” and you can read it here.

My new article on the effect of the Swedish solidaristic wage policy on wages and structural change during the 1956–1980s 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).