A considerable part of my thesis uses data on eighteenth century labor markets Denmark in order to investigate a number of key debates in economics and economic history. This research was supported by a grant from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation won by my supervisors: Prof. dr. Peter Sandholt Jensen and Prof. dr. Paul Richard Sharp. The underlying data were gathered by the Danish Price History Project between 1939 and 2004, and are uniquely detailed in a world context.

We use them to construct real wage series for Denmark, to investigate the significance of the institution of serfdom from 1728-1800, to look for evidence of increased working hours in the run up to modern economic growth, and to test for the ‘Malthusian’ relationship between demographics and living standards.

I also investigate the effect of institutional changes on well-being by looking at a natural experiment in history, namely the ceding of the Danish city of Malmo to Sweden in the middle of the seventeenth century. My research interests comprise the Eastern part of Europe as well, by testing the impact of the introduction of a New World crop like maize on urbanization in Romania in the seventeenth century.

Work in progress

“Real wages in Denmark, 1660-1800”

“The effect of serfdom on labor markets”, with Peter Sandholt Jensen, Paul Richard Sharp and Battista Severgnini

“Looking for Malthusian Mechanisms in Denmark”, with Peter Sandholt Jensen and Paul Richard Sharp

“The effect of maize on economic development. Evidence from Romania”

“The impact of border changes, trade restrictions, and institutional changes on real wages in early modern Scania”, with Kathryn Gary


Book chapters

“The occupational structure of Denmark (1787-2010)” with Ingrid Henriksen, Peter Sandholt Jensen, and Paul Richard Sharp in: “Occupational structure, economic growth and industrialization in a comparative perspective”, Osamu Saito and Leigh Shaw-Taylor (editors)

“Regional GDP in Denmark 1850-2010” with Kari Anne Janisse, Peter Sandholt Jensen, and Paul Richard Sharp in „Europe’s regions, 1900-2010. A new quantitative history of the economic development of Europe“, Joan Ramon Roses and Nikolaus Wolf (editors)


Future work

“An industrious revolution in Denmark: Days worked by Danish workers” with Paul Richard Sharp and Peter Sandholt Jensen