Tobias Karlsson

Senior Lecturer, Docent

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History

Keywords

  • industrial relations, labour history, labour economics, gender, databases

Research

My research concerns the history of labour markets, often with theoretical and methodological inspiration from modern labour economics but always with careful consideration of the historical context. Currently, I am working with a project on labour conflicts and the origins of the Swedish Model in the period 1859-1938. For this purpose we are employing a large database with geocoded information on individual conflicts. We are, among other things, interested to find out whether there were regional and local differences in the transition to more peaceful conditions in the labour market. Geographical patterns are also a main focus in a newly started project with the aim to construct historical gender gap indexes for Swedish cities in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Other on-going projects concerns gender differences in absenteeism during the past century and labour mobility in the city of Gothenburg 1915-1943. The latter project makes use of a unique database that traces individuals (and their families) over time, as they change jobs, occupations and residential addresses on a local labour market. I am also participating in a global-historical project on shipyard work and workers.

In previous projects I have addressed issues such as the gender gap in earnings and intergenerational transmission of occupations. My thesis was an in-depth study of mechanization and associated workforce reductions in the Swedish Tobacco Monopoly during the inter-war period. Among other things, the thesis demonstrated how principles for establishing the order of selection for layoffs were related to technological change.

Teaching

I currently teach on courses in general economic history, the history of labour markets and on the importance of human capital.

Highlighted research outputs

Tobias Karlsson 2017 Mar 8 Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Workers around the World: Case Studies 1950-2010. Varela, R., Murphy, H. & van der Linden, M. (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 143-164 22 p. (Work around the Globe: Historical Comparisons)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson 2014 In : Ekonomisk Debatt. 42, 4, p. 85-88

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Tobias Karlsson 2013 In : Enterprise & Society. 14, 4, p. 829-853

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobias Karlsson 2013 In : Historisk Tidskrift. 133, 4, p. 757-758

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Thodenius, B., Batiz-Lazo, B. & Tobias Karlsson 2011 History of Nordic Computing 3. Wrangler, B., Lundin, P. & Impagliazzo, J. (eds.). Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson 2011 Höganäs historia. Ranby, H. (ed.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson 2011 Konflikt och samförstånd: rapport från arbetarhistorikermötet i Landskrona i maj 2009. Olofsson, M. (ed.). Centrum för Arbetarhistoria

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson 2009 Arbetarhistoria idag: Rapport från Arbetarhistorikermötet i Landskrona i maj 2007. Olofsson, M. (ed.). Centrum för Arbetarhistoria

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson 2009 In : Ale. 2, p. 18-23

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobias Karlsson 2009 Arbetarhistoria: meddelande från arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek, 131, 3, p. 44-46

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Tobias Karlsson 2008 Lund University. 329 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)

Tobias Karlsson 2008 In : Arbetarhistoria. 125

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobias Karlsson 2007 In : Historisk Tidskrift. 1, p. 166-168

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Tobias Karlsson 2006 In : Arbetarhistoria. 2, p. 78-79

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Tobias Karlsson 2003 Department of Economic History, Lund University, 58 p.(Lund papers in Economic History; no. 87)

Research output: Working paper

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