IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Swedish Employment in the 1950s - Filling the Lacuna


  • Gunnarsson, Gudmundur

    (Mälardalens Högskola)

  • Lindh, Thomas

    () (Department of Economics)


There are no published data on the number of employed persons in Sweden between 1950 and 1960. The lacuna prevents linking modern employment series to the historical time series 1870-1950. Thereby long-term studies of Swedish economic development are seriously impaired. This paper evaluates and corrects unpublished extrapolations based on estimates of hours worked. By comparing these with data on active income earners from the taxation statistics and contemporary sources on employment flows the quality is assessed. A major shift in the definition of income earners in the taxation statistics 1950-1951 has been bridged. On this basis data on employees and self-employed can be reconstructed for major industry divisions. Industry links are suggested to the National Accounts 1960 using re-compilations of the 1950 and 1960 Censuses as benchmarks for consistent industry definitions. Our work shows that employment increased in the 1950s with close to even numbers in the private and public sectors, contrary to the strong concentration of employment growth to the public sectors that the census data 1950 and 1960 indicate.

Suggested Citation

  • Gunnarsson, Gudmundur & Lindh, Thomas, 1997. "Swedish Employment in the 1950s - Filling the Lacuna," Working Paper Series 1997:13, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:1997_013

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Davidsson, Per & Henrekson, Magnus, 2002. "Determinants of the Prevalence of Start-Ups and High-Growth Firms," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 19(2), pages 81-104, September.
    2. Vartiainen, Juhana, 1998. "Understanding Swedish Social Democracy: Victims of Success?," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 14(1), pages 19-39, Spring.

    More about this item


    Swedish employment lacuna; employment links; historical time series;

    JEL classification:

    • C80 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - General
    • N34 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: 1913-


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:1997_013. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Katarina Grönvall). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.