Carl Hampus Lyttkens

Carl Hampus Lyttkens

Professor emeritus, Professor

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Research in health economcs: indiviudal health-related behaviour, clinical decision making,  determinants of health, equity in health and health care, etc. Research in institutional economics: using ancient Greece as a laboratory, I have studied institutional change (development of democracy and taxation etc.). This improves our understanding of ancient Greek society and provide lessons for the modern world. Work in several related areas include: occupational hazards,  environmenal issues, social insurance, etc.  

In the spring of 2020, I changed status to become professor emeritus of economics. This change notwithstanding, I will continue my work on the ancient Greek economy. By using ancient Greece as a laboratory, economic analyses of institutional change in this setting contributes not only to our understanding of the ancient societies but also the mechanisms of institutional change. My present focus is the institution of slavery.

My publications on ancient Greece


For 25 years, I was responsible for the courses in health economics at the department. Occasionally, I gave courses specifically designed for the PhD program, such as “The methodology of economics.”



In several of my papers, directed towards the general public, health economic perspectives on health, health care and welfare are presented. See, e.g., my publications in the journals Ekonomisk debatt and Läkartidningen. I have served on many public panels for discussions of equity and fairness in health and healthcare. For several years, I was a member of the Committee of the Swedish Medical Research Council on the evaluation of healthcare technologies. I was also called in as an expert for the Swedish Government Commission on Public Health.


UKÄ subject classification

  • Economics
  • Economic History


  • Health Economics
  • Institutional Economics
  • The Economy of the Ancient World


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