Personal profile


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 and family dynamics differentials across educational and occupational groups; and the role of assortative mating for income inequality and health. I am particularly interested in how unpaid care responsibilities are combined with paid work at different stages of the life course - something that is particularly important to understand in contexts with an aging population.

My research deals with topical and highly policy-relevant issues. Some of my research deals with present-day contexts (Sweden, EU, and the US) where I typically make use of large-scale surveys (e.g., SHARE, SILC, NSFG) and Swedish register data. In my historical projects I work with data from SEDD (Scanian Economic and Demographic Database) and data that I 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.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History


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