Post Doc in Economic History (Lund University)

RHN 54/2014 | Opportunity

Location: Department of Economic History, Lund University, Sweden

Start: September 1, 2014, or by agreement

Conditions: 2 years grant, SEK 28.333 per month (tax exempted) + social insurance

Deadline: 13 June 2014

The Department of Economic History, Lund University, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for two years. The holder will be part of a research project on the development of production, wages and inequality in preindustrial Scandinavia in a European perspective, and will conduct independent research as well as cooperating with other researchers. The position involves a limited amount of teaching and some supervision of Bachelor and Master Theses.

Basis of Assessment

Scholarly proficiency is the main requirement for this position. Applicants must hold a PhD in Economic History, Economics, History, Geography, or in a related discipline. The degree must not have been awarded more than five years ago (unless the applicant has been on parental leave or leave due to illness). Applications will also be accepted from persons who have not yet completed their PhD, but this condition must be satisfied at the time of employment. Applicants must show a high degree of research expertise as manifested in the quality of their PhD dissertation and other publications.

In addition to the above, the following set of criteria will be applied in the assessment of candidates:

  • Knowledge of advanced applied statistical methods and econometric techniques, e.g. for panel data and in time series analysis
  • Expert knowledge of STATA and other statistical programs
  • Previous research on pre-industrial European society
  • International experience

Specific subject description

The research project is aimed at examining how the knowledge economy, and by extension the functioning of the economy at large, developed in Scandinavia during the period 1500–1914 in a comparative European perspective.

The project develops and uses a unique and newly established database of wage information from Scanian urban, church and estates archives containing more than 20,000 individual wage data points from 1500 to 1800. To this, data for all the Scandinavian countries will be added. A comparison based on other European data is the final component of the research agenda.

The project connects to some widely debated and important areas which explore the relationship between economic growth, inequality and skill- biased technological change; women's historical economic status; and institutional change, and will also provide an evaluation of the skill premium as an indicator of economic conditions through the use of supplementary micro-level data, e.g. price data, demographic data and agricultural output.


Application, including CV and references, should be sent no later than June 13, 2014 to