Centre for Economic Demography

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Vacancy at the Centre for Economic Demography

Published: 2017-10-25

Postdoctoral fellow in Economic History / Historical Demography with focus on Longitudinal Microdata Analysis (one or more)

The holder will work in the research program The Landskrona Population Study, with demographic analyses of longitudinal individual-level data during the period 1900-2010. The program is based on socioeconomic and demographic micro data, with information on various demographic outcomes, occupation and income for about 350,000 unique individuals in the city of Landskrona and surrounding rural areas. Work tasks involve empirical analyses of different demographic processes (health and mortality, gender and family, socioeconomic stratification and mobility) including writing academic papers for publication, independently and in collaboration with other members of the research team. 

The aim of this research program is to analyze long-term demographic processes connected to industrialization, modern economic growth and the profound societal transformation of the 20th century. These changes have completely altered living conditions across the developed world, not only in terms of nutrition, consumption and overall quality of life, but also in loosening many of the demographic constraints that dominated people’s lives for so long. The broad outline of these processes is well known through research at the macro level but we still know very little about the micro-level foundations, which is of great value to fully understand and explain the processes. Within the Landskrona Population Study (LPS) we study these vital economic and demographic changes in Sweden through the lens of an industrial city which has experienced this transformation. The LPS is based on a unique data infrastructure, the Scanian Demographic Database, containing economic and demographic longitudinal data at the individual level for the full 20th century (ca 350,000 individuals). It focuses on four fundamental and interrelated economic-demographic processes: (1) Inequality in health and mortality, (2) Changing family patterns and gender relations, (3) Social and economic mobility, and (4) Immigration and integration.

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Martin Dribe
Professor of Economic History
Director, Centre for Economic Demography
School of Economics and Management, Lund University