Tobias Karlsson

Tobias Karlsson

Senior lecturer, Associate professor

Personal profile


My research primarily concerns the history of labour markets, jobs and occupations. Currently, I am working with a project on retirement behavior among men and women before the welfare state, ca. 1880-1950. For this purpose, we employ databases of historical populations, made available through the SwedPop research infrastructure.

Other ongoing projects concern the dynamics of craft production and artisans in the nineteenth century, labour mobility and career patterns in a large twentieth-century city (Gothenburg), and the history of “youth jobs” (errand boys, office boys, domestic servants etc).

Previous projects include labour conflicts and the origins of the Swedish Model, constructing an historical gender gap index for Swedish counties, wage discrimination and membership in trade unions and sickness funds among factory workers, the gender gap in absenteeism, personnel policies (layoff criteria) and mechanization in the tobacco industry and the history of non-standard employment relationships (with the shipbuilding industry as a case).


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

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

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History

Free keywords

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


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