Hi! My name is Jakob Molinder, and I’m an associate professor in EconoIMG_4145mic History at Uppsala University. I’m also affiliated with the Department of Economic History at Lund University and the Urban Lab at Uppsala University.

My research areas are in the economic history of labor markets and geography of economic development. I do work on historical urban economic and social geography, wages, and income inequality.

In early September of 2017, I defended my dissertation at Uppsala University with the title “Interregional Migration, Wages and Labor Market Policy: Essays on the Swedish Model in the Postwar Period” and you can read more about it under Publications.

My ongoing and published work is available here or through my Google Scholar profile. You can find my CV here.


  • Me and Svante Prado have a new chapter in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance on “Modern Swedish Economic History”, you can read it here.
  • I have a new working paper together with Erik Bengtsson called “Incomes and Income Inequality in Stockholm, 1870–1970: Evidence from Micro Data”, you can read it here.
  • During the spring term of 2022, I’m a visiting researcher at the Department of Social Science at University Carlos III in Madrid.
  • My article with Thor Berger, Per Engzell, and Björn Eriksson titled “Intergenerational Mobility in Sweden Before the Welfare State” is now forthcoming at the Journal of Economic History. You can read the working paper version here.


On this site, I have made public some of the data that I have collected when working with Swedish historical labor market statistics. You can find them in the “Data” section. As of now, the database includes a dataset on the national unemployment rate starting in 1911 as well as information from the public labor exchanges going back to 1914. The latest addition is the dataset “Swedish Public Labor Exchange Data by County, 1914–1975”.