Tobias Karlsson

Senior Lecturer, Docent

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History

Keywords

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

Research

My research concerns the history of labour markets, often with theoretical and methodological inspiration from modern labour economics but always with careful consideration of the historical context. Currently, I am working with a project on labour conflicts and the origins of the Swedish Model in the period 1859-1938. For this purpose we are employing a large database with geocoded information on individual conflicts. We are, among other things, interested to find out whether there were regional and local differences in the transition to more peaceful conditions in the labour market. Geographical patterns are also a main focus in a newly started project with the aim to construct historical gender gap indexes for Swedish cities in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Other on-going projects concerns gender differences in absenteeism during the past century and labour mobility in the city of Gothenburg 1915-1943. The latter project makes use of a unique database that traces individuals (and their families) over time, as they change jobs, occupations and residential addresses on a local labour market. I am also participating in a global-historical project on shipyard work and workers.

In previous projects I have addressed issues such as the gender gap in earnings and intergenerational transmission of occupations. My thesis was an in-depth study of mechanization and associated workforce reductions in the Swedish Tobacco Monopoly during the inter-war period. Among other things, the thesis demonstrated how principles for establishing the order of selection for layoffs were related to technological change.

Teaching

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

1. Teaching/Course responsibility:

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

- Course name: Världens ekonomiska historia

- Course code: EKHA22

- Number of clock hours: 250

 

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

- Course name: Human capital in historical perspective

- Course code: EKHM82

- Number of clock hours: 70

 

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

- Course name: Dagsaktuella arbetsmarknadsfrågor i ett historiskt perspektiv

- Course code: EKHA72

- Number of clock hours: 65

 

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

- Course name: Samhälls- och författningskunskap II

- Course code: FEKL10

- Number of clock hours: 32

 

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

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018): -

 

Master level (number of theses 2018): 3

 

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

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018): -

 

Master level (number of theses 2018): 3

 

 

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

Together with Erik Bengtsson, we overtook responsibility for the first part of EKHA22 Världens ekonomiska this spring. This meant that we has developed three completely new seminars and updated the content of lectures and readings. I have also started to more systematically investigate the background of our students at the course, for example with regard to previous studies, so that we are in a better position to meet the students and their pre-knowledge.

 

For course EKHA72, which I share with Björn Eriksson, we have mainly updated the part of the examination that is based on a written assignment so that it aligns with overall learning outcomes and readings.

 

The course FEKL10 Samhälls- och författningskunskap II, a basic course in Swedish economic history for students with foreign degrees in Business Administration or Informatics, has been developed from scratch with the help of Elien van Dongen (who is alsot teaching at the course).

 

 

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6. Programme responsibility (name of programme) the economic history track of the Programme Economic Growth, Population and Development

 

 

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

I’m actively using live@lund in all my courses. This means that lecture notes and other documents are made available on the website. Students are also submitting exams and assignments via live@lund. Moreover, I use live@lund to post comments and news related of interest to the course.

 

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

 

Highlighted research outputs

Tobias Karlsson, 2017 Mar 8, Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Workers around the World: Case Studies 1950-2010. Varela, R., Murphy, H. & van der Linden, M. (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 143-164 22 p. (Work around the Globe: Historical Comparisons).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson, 2014, In : Ekonomisk Debatt. 42, 4, p. 85-88

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Tobias Karlsson, 2013, In : Enterprise & Society. 14, 4, p. 829-853

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobias Karlsson, 2013, In : Historisk Tidskrift. 133, 4, p. 757-758

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Thodenius, B., Batiz-Lazo, B. & Tobias Karlsson, 2011, History of Nordic Computing 3. Wrangler, B., Lundin, P. & Impagliazzo, J. (eds.). Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson, 2011, Höganäs historia. Ranby, H. (ed.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson, 2011, Konflikt och samförstånd: rapport från arbetarhistorikermötet i Landskrona i maj 2009. Olofsson, M. (ed.). Centrum för Arbetarhistoria

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson, 2010, (Accepted/In press) In : Scandinavian Economic History Reveiw. 58, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobias Karlsson, 2009, (Unpublished) Arbetarhistoria idag: Rapport från Arbetarhistorikermötet i Landskrona i maj 2007. Olofsson, M. (ed.). Centrum för Arbetarhistoria

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Tobias Karlsson, 2009, In : ALE. 2, p. 18-23

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobias Karlsson, 2009, Arbetarhistoria: meddelande från arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek, 131, 3, p. 44-46.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Tobias Karlsson, 2008, Lund University. 329 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)

Tobias Karlsson, 2008, In : Arbetarhistoria. 125

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobias Karlsson, 2007, In : Historisk Tidskrift. 1, p. 166-168

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Tobias Karlsson, 2006, In : Arbetarhistoria. 2, p. 78-79

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Tobias Karlsson, 2003, Department of Economic History, Lund University, 58 p. (Lund papers in Economic History; no. 87).

Research output: Working paper

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