Work in Progress

On this page, I present some ongoing work and you can find more information under each heading. The text is updated as the work progresses.

Did Industrialization Lead to Segregation in Cities of the Nineteenth Century? The Case of Uppsala 1880–1900

joint with Martin Söderhäll, Department of Economic History, Uppsala University. 

In the project, we explore the dynamics of land use, residential patterns and class segregation in Uppsala, a middle-sized Swedish city, during the late 19th century using georeferenced data at the level of individual housing blocks. A preliminary finding is that the expansion of business activity close to the transportation hubs pushed lower-class households further away from the central district. However, there was no increase in measured class segregation. In the future we intend to extend the analysis in time and to include more cities, allowing for a comparison across different economic and geographical contexts.

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Figure: Share of Working-Class Households by Area in Uppsala, 1880 and 1900.

Wage Differentials and Industrialization in Sweden: Evidence from New Construction Worker Wages Data, 1831-1900

joint with Johan Ericsson, Department of History, Uppsala University. 

In this project, we present new evidence on construction worker wages for nineteenth-century Sweden. In addition to providing data for a sector where previously only scant material has existed, the dataset allows us to look at wages across geographical areas and several skill groups where no evidence has previously been available. A preliminary finding so far is that skill-differentials decreased in the early stages of industrialization and that urban-rural wage premiums remained mostly unchanged, suggesting that the Kuznets-hypothesis of increased inequality is not an apt characterization of the Swedish experience.


Figure: Real Daily Wage, in 2014 kronor, in Rural and Urban Areas; 1831 to 1900.

Other Ongoing

  • How did Sweden Become an Equal Economy? With New, Detailed Incomes Data 1860-1970, with Erik Bengtsson and Svante Prado
  • Women’s Wages in 16th Century Sweden, with Christopher Pihl
  • Economic and Social Mobility in Sweden Before the Welfare State, with Thor Berger, Per Engzell and Björn Eriksson
  • A Workers Revolution? Inclusive Growth in Sweden during the Second Industrial Revolution, with Johan Ericsson