Department of Economic History

Lund University School of Economics and Management

The Research Programme on Economic Growth and Structural Change

Economic growth and structural change is studied in a long term perspective with a special emphasis on the role of technological change. Thus, a model has been developed where crises and transformation forms part of a long-cyclical behaviour in the interrelation between technological change and economic growth. This research has its background in the construction of historical national accounts for Sweden and the creation of consistent macroeconomic series for the 19th and 20th century. "The Lund group" is in the forefront nationally and has developed internationally acclaimed analyses on growth and structural change. Projects are run on areas such as technological shifts and economic transformation in a regional context, the diffusion of innovations, on human capital and technological change, determinants of productivity increases, wage determination and work organisation, energy and the environment. The research group cooperates in a number of wider projects and networks, both within the University and internationally. Part of the research on technological shifts and innovation is integrated with the Centre of Innovation Research in The Learning Economy (CIRCLE) at Lund University and furthermore in a project cooperation with economic geographers. The group is also part of an EU-financed project for an integrated European economic history with an exchange of PhD-students and postdocs between a number of prominent universities. Furthermore, it cooperates in a wide European project on globalisation and the European economy and it runs a European network with frequent workshops on energy, growth and environmental change.