Erik Bengtsson

Associate Senior Lecturer, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History
  • Work Sciences

Keywords

Research

I am an associate senior lecturer in Economic History, since May 2017. Before that, I was a postdoc here at Lund since July 2015. I came to Lund from Gothenburg where I got my PhD in 2013.

I do research on historical political economy, wealth distribution, industrial productivity, economic inequality, wage bargaining institutions, and income distribution in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. I would define my research focus as a mix of macroeconomic history and comparative political economy.

In 2017-2019 my main research focus is a project with professor Mats Olsson, where we investigate the politico-economic institutional development of Sweden from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century. We ask whether "inclusive institutions" contributed to the success of Swedish modernization, focusing on the inclusion of peasant farmers in politics.

In 2019-2022, I lead a research project financed by the Swedish Research Council on incomes in Sweden 1862-1970.

Teaching

I teach general economic history as well as more specifically labour market history and the history of economic ideas. Outside of Lund I also have lecturer experience from Gothenburg, KTH in Stockholm and the University of Sao Paulo.

 

 

1. Teaching/Course responsibility:

- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant): responsible for the course

- Course name: World economic history

- Course code: EKHA22

- Number of clock hours:  Vad menar ni med klocktimmar? Bokstavligen talat klocktimmar? I så fall 56.

 

- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant): responsible for the course

- Course name: The rise and fall of the Swedish model

- Course code: EKHA51

- Number of clock hours: Vad menar ni med klocktimmar? Bokstavligen talat klocktimmar? I så fall 30.

 

 

 

2. Supervision of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018): 0

 

Master level (number of theses 2018): 2

 

3. Examiner of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018): 0

 

Master level (number of theses 2018): 5

 

 

4. Briefly describe development work in education – renewal of curriculum and/or pedagogical development:

Took over first part of EKHA22 World economic history course, the part covering the period until ca 1870. Designed my lectures on feudalism, agrarian revolution etc. for the first time.

 

Autumn semester: took pedagogical course on the supervision of doctoral students.

 

5. Involvement of guest teachers:

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6. Programme responsibility (name of programme)

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7. Additional work in education (e.g. planning, implementation, and pedagogical leadership)

 

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8. Briefly describe your work with IT-supported teaching and learning

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9. Production of cases, publications on teaching and learning, teaching materials and textbooks

 

 

Societal impact

In terms of outreach, I very much enjoy participating in wider discussions in society about inequality, wage bargaining and labour markets. In 2013 I edited an anthology on wage shares and capital shares intended for a general audience, periodically I review ooks in magazines such as Arena, and every once in a while I'm on panels discussing wage bargaining and other issues.

Recent research outputs

Stockhammer, E. & Erik Bengtsson, 2019, 51 p. (Lund Papers in Economic History. General Issues; no. 2019:188).

Research output: Working paper

Erik Bengtsson, 2019, 27 p. (Lund Papers in Economic History. Education and the Labour Market; no. 2019:195).

Research output: Working paper

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