Hi! My name is Jakob Molinder, and I’m a postdoctoral researcher in EconoIMG_4145mic History at Uppsala and Lund University. I’m also affiliated with 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.


  • 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 Kerstin Enflo and Tobias Karlsson titled “More Power to the People: Electricity Adoption, Technological Change and Social Conflict” is now published at the Journal of Economic History.
  • I have written a blog post at the Swedish popular history blog Den arga historikern discussing the how poor Sweden really were at the end of the nineteenth century.
  • My article with Johan Ericsson titled “Economic Growth and the Development of Real Wages: Swedish Construction Workers’ Wages in Comparative Perspective, 1831–1900” is now published in the Journal of Economic History.


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”.