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Wage formation, labour market institutions and economic transformation in Sweden 1860-2000

Christer Lundh, Jonas Olofsson, Lennart Schön og Lars Svensson

Department of Economic History, Lund University 2004, 270 s. ISBN 91-22-02103-5
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Wage formation is a central element in economic growth and economic transformation. The point of departure of this book is the reciprocal nature of the relation between the economy and the labour market. On one hand, technological and economic change cause changes in labour market institutions, but on the other hand the wage formation system is of utmost importance to the economic development. Thus, the focus of analysis is the relationship between long-term structural transformation of the economy and labour market institutions in Sweden during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From this perspective, the following topics are addressed:
Economic change and income distribution
Regional wages and the wage differentials in industry
Technology, institutions and wage structure
Wage formation systems and labour market institutions
Unemployment policy
Vocational education
Flexible working time
The authors are all senior researchers in economic history at Lund University.


Foreword        5
1.      Introduction
        by Christer Lundh, Jonas Olofsson, Lennart Schön
        and Lars Svensson       7
2.      The Wage Share, Cycles and the Kuznets Curve
        of Income Distribution
        by Lennart Schön        19
3.      Regional Wages in Sweden 1861-1913
        by Christer Lundh, Lennart Schön and Lars Svensson      45
4.      Institutional Change in the Swedish Labour Market 1830-1990
        by Christer Lundh       92
5.      The Work-strategy Approach in the Light of Economic History:
        The Approach to Unemployment and Unemployment Policy
        in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Sweden
        by Jonas Olofsson       143
6.      Industrial Dynamics, Labour Demand, and Wage Differentials
        in the Swedish Manufacturing Industry 1930-1990
        by Lars Svensson        161
7.      Vocational Education and Social Partnership: A Blend of Old
        and New Growth Strategies
        by Jonas Olofsson       181
8.      A Story of Equalisation: Female and Male Wages
        in Sweden 1920-1995
        by Lars Svensson        204
9.      Flexible Working Time In the 1990s - Economic Reasons
        and Individual Preferences
        by Christer Lundh       229