The Swedish historical database project

erc

Consolidator Grants (CoG), SH1, ERC-2013-CoG

Project acronym: HISTORICALDATABASE

Project: The Swedish historical database project

Researcher (PI): Per Einar Pettersson Lidbom

Host Institution (HI): Stockholms Universitet, Sweden

Start date: 2014-04-01, End date: 2019-03-31

Summary: «The Swedish historical data base project will put together and make publicly available highly disaggregated data on roughly a yearly basis for about 2500 Swedish administrative districts over the period 1749-1952. The finished data set will consist of comprehensive and detailed information on economic activity, political characteristics, vital statistics, occupational structure, education, social and agriculture statistics and infrastructure investments (e.g., railway construction). The comprehensiveness and complete coverage of historical data at the local administrative level is what makes this project unique from an international perspective. Since Sweden has the longest continuous and reliable data series on population and vital statistics in the world,starting as early as 1749, makes it possible to construct a comprehensive panel data set over all 2,500 Swedish local administrative units covering a 200 year period. Consequently, the total number of observations for each variable can be as large as 0.5 million (N=2500×T=200). With this type of rich and disaggregated historical data it become possible to get a better understanding of economic growth, structural transformation and economic development. Also, within-country variation allows for more satisfying empirical identification strategies such as instrumental variables, regression discontinuities or difference-in-differences estimation. As a case in point, I have demonstrated the potential usefulness of the Swedish historical data by addressing the question of whether redistribution of resources towards the poor differs between types of democracy after democratization. The identification strategy is based on a regression-discontinuity design where the type of democracy partly is a function of population size. This paper is currently “revise and resubmit” 2nd round at Econometrica. After collecting the new data, we intend to studying a number of questions related to economic development and growth.»

Recomendados

The Distribution and Redistribution of Income and Wealth: A Global and Historical Perspective

Advanced Grant (AdG), SH1, ERC-2013-ADG Project acronym: DRIWGHP Project: The Distribution and Redistribution of Income and Wealth: A Global and Historical Perspective Researcher (PI): Thomas Piketty Host Institution (HI): Ecole

An empire of 2000 cities: urban networks and economic integration in the Roman Empire

Advanced Grant (AdG), SH6, ERC-2012-ADG Project acronym: EMPIREOF2000CITIES Project: An empire of 2000 cities: urban networks and economic integration in the Roman Empire Researcher (PI): Lukas De Ligt Host Institution

PROduction and CONsumption: Textile Economy and Urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500 BCE

Starting Grant (StG), SH6, ERC-2012-StG Project acronym: PROCON Project: PROduction and CONsumption: Textile Economy and Urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500 BCE Researcher (PI): Margarita Gleba Host Institution (HI): The University

From Decisionism to Rational Choice: A History of Political Decision-Making in the 20th Century

Starting Grant (StG), SH6, ERC-2011-StG Project acronym: HIPODEMA Project: From Decisionism to Rational Choice: A History of Political Decision-Making in the 20th Century Researcher (PI): Nicolas Michel Boian Guilhot Host

Rome’s Mediterranean Port

Advanced Grant (AdG), SH6, ERC-2013-ADG Project acronym: ROMP Project: Rome’s Mediterranean Ports Researcher (PI): Simon Keay Host Institution (HI): University Of Southampton, United Kingdom Start date: 2014-02-01, End date: 2019-01-31

Five Centuries of Marriages

Advanced Grant (AdG), SH6, ERC-2010-AdG Project acronym: 5COFM Project: Five Centuries of Marriages Researcher (PI): Anna Cabré Host Institution (HI): Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain Start date: 2011-05-01, End date: