in Cologne, 2013



NEW BOOK CHAPTER with Magnus Ryner: "Why No Wage Solidarity Writ Large? Swedish Trade Unionism under Conditions of European Crisis", read here (pdf); full book here (May 2017)

NEW WORKING PAPER.
"Wealth of the Richest: Inequality and the Nobility in Sweden, 1750-1900", with Anna Missiaia, Mats Olsson and Patrick Svensson. Read here. (May 2017)

NEW POSITION.
new position from 1 May 2017: I am now an associate senior lecturer at the Department of Economic History, Lund University

NEW PAPER. Essay with Tobias Karlsson, "What we know and what we don't know about Swedish labour market history", published in Festschrift for Christer Lundh (April 2017)

NEW PAPER. New draft paper on when, how and why Sweden became an egalitarian society available here (March 2017, updated May 2017).

NEW PAPER.
Paper with Jakob Molinder on the economic effects of the 1920 eight hour working day reform is now published in the Scandinavian Economic History Review; read here (March 2017)

NEW PAPER.
Daniel Waldenström and I have a new version of our paper "Capital Shares and Income Inequality: Evidence from the Long Run" (read here), and the Historical Capital Shares Database (download here) (January 2017)

NEW GRANT. Professor Mats Olsson and I have been awarded 4.3 million SEK from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for a three-year project on the role of independent peasant farmer politics for advantageous economic institutions in Sweden in the 18th and 19th centuries (October 2016). For an early-stage description of the project's contents, see this page.


Hello, welcome to my web site.
My name is Erik Bengtsson. I am a researcher in Economic History at
Lund University, (work website) and the Economic History Unit at University of Gothenburg, where I have a project on macroeconomic history and am involved in a Swedish-Brazilian teaching project. I finished my PhD in Gothenburg late 2013 and moved to Lund in 2015.

I do research on wealth distribution, Swedish political economy ca 1750-1920, industrial productivity, wage bargaining institutions, and income distribution in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. I would define my research focus as a mix of macroeconomic history and comparative political economy.

This website presents my current research and teaching and there is a publication list with links to what I've written. I also have a family history page where I try to combine my personal family history with economic history perspectives.

My contact information is at my job website.

My cv is here


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Outside of work I enjoy football (especially IS Halmia), music, literature, etc.