Maria StanforsProfessor, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History



My research interest includes the economic histories of education, female labor force participation, housework, and family formation, as well as the interrelationships between them. I run parallel projects on past and present gender differentials in labor market outcomes (focusing on wages, careers and union membership); gender and time allocation; family formation (particularly fertility) differentials across educational and occupational groups; contraceptive use across the world; and the role of assortative mating for income inequality in present-day Europe.

Some of my research projects deal with present-day contexts (Sweden, EU, SSA, and the US) where I typically make use of large scale surveys (SILC, DHS, NSFG) and Swedish register data. In my historical projects I work with data that I over the years have put together in the HILMA-database, which contains demographic and socio-economic data at individual level for a variety of industries and banking and insurance and for other groups of white-collar workers in the private sector in Sweden during the period 1890-1940. 


I teach mostly advanced-level courses such as Human Capital in a Historical Perspective and Marriage and Fertility and an undergraduate course on Work and family: Scandinavia in International Perspective.

Recent research outputs

Jacobs, J., Jeffrey Neilson & Maria Stanfors 2017 Aug 1 Center for Economic Demography, Lund University, 34 p.(Lund Papers in Economic Demography; no. 2017:5)

Research output: Working paper

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