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 interested in the interaction between 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 geography and regional wages.

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 include a dataset on the national unemployment rate and information from the public labor exchanges. The latest addition is the dataset “Swedish Public Labor Exchange Data by County, 1914–1975”.

Recent research

“Why did Swedish Regional Net Migration Rates Fall in the 1970s? The Role of Policy Changes Versus Structural Change, 1945–1985” (Link to journal).