Erik Bengtsson

Associate Senior Lecturer, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History
  • Work Sciences



I am an associate senior lecturer in Economic History, since May 2017. Before that, I was a postdoc here at Lund since July 2015. I came to Lund from Gothenburg where I got my PhD in 2013.

I do research on historical political economy, wealth distribution, industrial productivity, economic inequality, 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.

In 2017-2019 my main research focus is a project with professor Mats Olsson, where we investigate the politico-economic institutional development of Sweden from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century. We ask whether "inclusive institutions" contributed to the success of Swedish modernization, focusing on the inclusion of peasant farmers in politics.

In 2019-2022, I lead a research project financed by the Swedish Research Council on incomes in Sweden 1862-1970.


I teach general economic history as well as more specifically labour market history and the history of economic ideas. Outside of Lund I also have lecturer experience from Gothenburg, KTH in Stockholm and the University of Sao Paulo.

Societal impact

In terms of outreach, I very much enjoy participating in wider discussions in society about inequality, wage bargaining and labour markets. In 2013 I edited an anthology on wage shares and capital shares intended for a general audience, periodically I review ooks in magazines such as Arena, and every once in a while I'm on panels discussing wage bargaining and other issues.

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