Carl Hampus Lyttkens

Carl Hampus Lyttkens

Professor emeritus

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Research in health economics: 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.  

My publications on ancient Greece are found here.

In the spring of 2020,  I became professor emeritus of economics.   And I continue my work on the ancient Greek economy. My present focus is the institution of slavery and its importance for the ancient societies, the voting rules in the ancient Athenean democracy, and the economics of postcards. 



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, economic perspectives on health, health care and welfare are presented to the general public. 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.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economics
  • Economic History

Free keywords

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


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