Research field

Economic history

This field uses economic methods to analyze the economic long-run development in Norway . Studying economic and demographic phenomena over long time periods might provide new insights about economic growth, the distribution of income and population development. The research uses a rich statistical material from Statistics Norway and its predecessors, dating back to the census from 1801 and onwards.


  • Historical Population Register for Norway

  • People and their incomes in Norway, 1859-2013

  • The Role of Men and Women in Intergenerational Mobility: A Cross-National Comparative Analysis, 1838-2015

    The primary objective of this research project is to investigate how intergenerational mobility differs among men and women, and how mobility evolves over time. We will examine the evolution of intergenerational mobility in the long run and across many different countries, and place particular emphasis on the complex interrelationship between intergenerational mobility and marriage institutions. By sorting individuals into families, marriage plays a critical role in the transmission of human capital and wealth across generations. Secondary objectives include: Developing new methodology on the use of first names to study intergenerational mobility; verify pseudo-links using register data; include new historical sources in studies of economic welfare; investigate the relationship between economic development, increased female labor force participation and intergenerational mobility; expand international cooperation in historical economic research.