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Andersson, Lars Fredrik, DocentORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1413-3707
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Andersson, L. F. & Liselotte, E. (2023). Household risk strategies during a pandemic – experiences from the 1918 influenza pandemic. Scandinavian Economic History Review, 71(1), 36-57
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Household risk strategies during a pandemic – experiences from the 1918 influenza pandemic
2023 (English)In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, ISSN 0358-5522, E-ISSN 1750-2837, Vol. 71, no 1, p. 36-57Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2020, The COVID-19 crisis has put great pressure on the economy worldwide. Only time can tell whether the COVID-19 crisis will have permanent effects on corporate and household behaviour and how it will affect society at large. This article examines historical experiences of how households managed the financial consequences of rising mortality during the 1918 influenza pandemic. We find that the previous pandemic led to an immediate and major increase in primarily small-sum industrial life insurance policies designed for blue-collar workers. The increase in new policies did not, however, have a lasting effect. By the time the pandemic had faded, the number of policies had dropped to below pre-pandemic conditions. This historical experience underlines the fact that there are limits to the extent to which even a major shock, such as a pandemic, can lead to behavioural change among households as currently being predicted in relation to COVID-19.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Keywords
Pandemic, household, insurance
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-188928 (URN)10.1080/03585522.2021.1984294 (DOI)000711783500001 ()2-s2.0-85118272129 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2016.0028
Available from: 2021-10-27 Created: 2021-10-27 Last updated: 2023-07-13Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. F., Liselotte, E. & Harris, B. (2023). Morbidity among working class men and women in early twentieth century Sweden. Umeå: Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Morbidity among working class men and women in early twentieth century Sweden
2023 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates gendered morbidity patterns by employing micro data derived from sickness records and membership ledgers on working class men and women in the early 20th century Sweden. We find that the main reason for gendered morbidity differences - that woman faced fewer, but longer sickness episodes than men – reflects gendered productive and reproductive activities. Men suffered from the large number of work-place accidents as workers in the production sector, while women faced major risks due to pregnancy, childbearing and related sickness. Women also suffered more from for diseases of the blood, diseases of the digestive & metabolic system and diseases the genitourinary than men. Both men and women faced shorter, but longer, sickness episodes in urban areas attributed to the underlying differences in morbidity causes during the epidemiological transition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, 2023. p. 40
Series
CEDAR Working Papers ; 2023:30
Keywords
Social insurance, Health insurance, Accident insurance, Self-insurance, workplace accident, mutual aid, employers’ welfare
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-217487 (URN)
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2016.0028
Available from: 2023-12-05 Created: 2023-12-05 Last updated: 2024-04-02Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. F., Liselotte, E. & Lilljegren, J. (2023). Pre-welfare state provision and adverse selection: enrolment in a Swedish nationwide health insurance society. Financial History Review, 30(1), 74-99
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pre-welfare state provision and adverse selection: enrolment in a Swedish nationwide health insurance society
2023 (English)In: Financial History Review, ISSN 0968-5650, E-ISSN 1474-0052, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 74-99Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mutual benefit societies evolved as the major provider for sickness, accident and life insurance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the major problems facing insurers was the risk of adverse selection, i.e. that unhealthy individuals had more incentives than healthy individuals to insure when priced for the average risk. By empirically examining whether longevity among insured individuals in a nationwide mutual health society was different from a matched sample of uninsured individuals, we seek to identify the presence of adverse selection. We find no compelling evidence showing that unhealthy individuals were more likely to insure, or reasons to believe that problems related to adverse selection would have been a major reason for government intervention in the health insurance market in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2023
Keywords
adverse selection, mutual benefit societies, life insurance, Sweden, health insurance societies
National Category
Economic History Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201599 (URN)10.1017/s0968565022000130 (DOI)000897820500001 ()2-s2.0-85162269467 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2016.0028
Available from: 2022-12-12 Created: 2022-12-12 Last updated: 2024-02-22Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. F., Liselotte, E. & Harris, B. (2022). Did statutory insurance improve the welfare of Swedish workers?: The statutory workplace accident insurance act of 1916. Labor history, 63, 210-233
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Did statutory insurance improve the welfare of Swedish workers?: The statutory workplace accident insurance act of 1916
2022 (English)In: Labor history, ISSN 0023-656X, E-ISSN 1469-9702, Vol. 63, p. 210-233Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Welfare researchers have regarded statutory accident insurance in 1916 as a starting point for the exceptional expansion of the Swedish welfare state. However, rather less attention has been paid to the roles played by mutual insurance societies and employer compensation schemes in offering voluntary welfare protection. We argue that voluntary welfare protection was an integral part of the early-twentieth century welfare system and played a crucial role in protecting workers in the case of sickness and accident. We also examine the limitations of these arrangements and explore the ways in which the design of the statutory scheme ensured that there was a continuing role for voluntary provision after the new Act came into operation. We also explore the impact of the scheme on wage levels, and show how its introduction eroded the wage premiums which had previously been earned by workers in high-risk industries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2022
Keywords
Social insurance, health insurance, accident insurance, self-insurance, workplace accident, mutual aid, employers’ welfare
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-195641 (URN)10.1080/0023656x.2022.2070734 (DOI)000804655300001 ()2-s2.0-85131370541 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2017-01864Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2016.0028
Available from: 2022-06-02 Created: 2022-06-02 Last updated: 2022-11-28Bibliographically approved
Di Clemente, R., Lengyel, B., Andersson, L. F. & Eriksson, R. (2022). Understanding european integration with bipartite networks of comparative advantage. PNAS Nexus, 1(5), Article ID pgac262.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding european integration with bipartite networks of comparative advantage
2022 (English)In: PNAS Nexus, E-ISSN 2752-6542, Vol. 1, no 5, article id pgac262Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Core objectives of European common market integration are convergence and economic growth, but these are hampered by redundancy, and value chain asymmetries. The challenge is how to harmonize labor division to reach global competitiveness, meanwhile bridging productivity differences across the EU. We develop a bipartite network approach to trace pairwise co-specialization by applying the revealed comparative advantage method within and between the EU15 and Central and Eastern European (CEE). This approach assesses redundancies and the division of labor in the EU at the level of industries and countries. We find significant co-specialization among CEE countries but a diverging specialization between EU15 and CEE. Productivity increases in those CEE industries that have co-specialized with other CEE countries after EU accession, while co-specialization across CEE and EU15 countries is less related to productivity growth. These results show that a division of sectoral specialization can lead to productivity convergence between EU15 and CEE countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2022
Keywords
labor, bipartite network, specialization, convergence, EU
National Category
Economic Geography Economic History Economics
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201840 (URN)10.1093/pnasnexus/pgac262 (DOI)2-s2.0-85161427540 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2017.0042
Available from: 2022-12-20 Created: 2022-12-20 Last updated: 2023-11-29Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. F. (2022). Varför grunda en stad?: Umeå i den tidigmoderna handels- och näringspolitiken. Västerbotten förr & nu
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Varför grunda en stad?: Umeå i den tidigmoderna handels- och näringspolitiken
2022 (Swedish)In: Västerbotten förr & nu, E-ISSN 2003-6698Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

År 2022 firar Umeå 400 år. Granskar vi dokumenten finner vi att staden fick nya privilegier år 1622. Det vill säga, de som var borgare och medlemmar i staden fick rätt att bedriva handel och att sköta vissa gemensamma angelägenheter. I gengäld tänkte sig kungen och mer allmänt det styrande rådet i Stockholm att det skulle bli enklare att få in skatten. Men först efter hand lyckades borgarna få sådan fart på verksamheten, att staden kunde börja växa. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: , 2022
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-191200 (URN)
Available from: 2022-01-11 Created: 2022-01-11 Last updated: 2022-01-12Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. F., Liselotte, E. & Nystedt, P. (2022). Workplace accidents and workers solidarity: mutual health insurance in early twentieth-century Sweden. Economic history review, 75(1), 203-234
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Workplace accidents and workers solidarity: mutual health insurance in early twentieth-century Sweden
2022 (English)In: Economic history review, ISSN 0013-0117, E-ISSN 1468-0289, Vol. 75, no 1, p. 203-234Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the industrialization period, the rate of workplace-related accidents increased. Because of the lack of public insurance, mutual health insurance societies became the main providers of workplace accident insurance among workers. Due to large differences in accident risk, health insurance societies were potentially exposed to the risk of adverse selection, since they employed equal pricing for all members regardless of risk profile. This article investigates the impact of workplace accident risk on health insurance selection and outcomes. We employ household budget surveys encompassing urban workers in Sweden during the early twentieth century. We find evidence for a redistribution from low- to high-risk-exposed workers, as workplace accident risk had a significant and positive impact on receiving health insurance benefits, also when controlling for a variety of factors. Workers exposed to greater risks in the workplace were more likely to have health insurance but did not pay higher premiums. The redistribution from low- to high-risk-exposed workers was largely accepted and viewed as an act of solidarity between workers. Given that health insurance societies were aware of this redistribution, we argue for the presence of informed, rather than adverse, selection.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2022
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-186131 (URN)10.1111/ehr.13088 (DOI)000670712900001 ()2-s2.0-85109616410 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research CouncilMarianne and Marcus Wallenberg FoundationForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and WelfareThe Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation
Available from: 2021-07-14 Created: 2021-07-14 Last updated: 2024-04-02Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. F., Liselotte, E. & Lilljegren, J. (2021). Adverse selection in mutual benefit societies: an longitudinal approach. Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adverse selection in mutual benefit societies: an longitudinal approach
2021 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Mutual benefit societies evolved as the major provider for illness, accident and burialinsurance in the late 19 th and early 20 th century in the Western world. One of themajor problems facing the insurers was the risk for adverse selection; that unhealthyindividuals had more incentive then healthy to insure when priced for the averagerisk. By empirically examine if the longevity among insured in mutual benefit societieswas different from uninsured, we seek to identify the presence of adverse section. Wefind no compelling evidence that unhealthy individuals was more likely to insure, orreasons to believe that adverse selection was behind the decline of mutual benefitsocieties in the twentieth century.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå universitet, 2021
Series
CEDAR Working Papers ; 2021:6
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Population studies; Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-181601 (URN)
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2016.0028
Available from: 2021-03-18 Created: 2021-03-18 Last updated: 2024-04-02Bibliographically approved
Adjei, E., Andersson, L. F., Eriksson, R. & Scocco, S. (2021). Regional labour market effects of immigration on low-skilled workers: the case of Sweden 1990–2003. International Journal of Social Economics, 48(3), 456-476
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regional labour market effects of immigration on low-skilled workers: the case of Sweden 1990–2003
2021 (English)In: International Journal of Social Economics, ISSN 0306-8293, E-ISSN 1758-6712, Vol. 48, no 3, p. 456-476Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of immigration on the labour market outcomes of low-educated natives (i.e. residents without a university diploma). Using the labour market competition theory, which argues that the labour market effects of natives depend on the skill set of immigrants, the paper addresses whether immigrants are complementary to or substitutes for native workers.

Design/methodology/approach: Longitudinal matched employer–employee data on Sweden are used to estimate how low-educated natives, in regions experiencing the greatest influx of refugees from the Balkan wars, responded to this supply shock with regard to real wages, employment and job mobility between 1990 and 2003.

Findings: First, the analysis shows that low-educated native workers respond to the arrival of immigrants with an increase in real wages. Second, although employment prospects in general worsened for low-skilled workers in most regions, this is not attributable to the regions experiencing the largest supply shock. Third, there are indications that low-skilled natives in immigration-rich regions are more likely to change workplace, particularly in combination with moving upwards in the wage distribution.

Originality/value: Rather than seeing an emergence of the commonly perceived displacement mechanism when an economy is subject to a supply shock, the regional findings suggest that high inflows of immigrants tend to induce a mechanism that pulls native workers upwards in the wage distribution. This is important, as the proportion of immigrants is seldom evenly distributed within a nation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2021
National Category
Economic History Economics Economic Geography
Research subject
Population studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-178791 (URN)10.1108/IJSE-01-2020-0038 (DOI)000607844300001 ()2-s2.0-85099418421 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85099418421 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-01-17 Created: 2021-01-17 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. F. & Liselotte, E. (2020). Household risk strategies during a pandemic: Experiences from the 1918 influenza pandemic. Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Household risk strategies during a pandemic: Experiences from the 1918 influenza pandemic
2020 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The corona crisis has during the year 2020 put large pressure on the economy. Only time can tell whether the corona crisis will have permanent effects on corporate and household behaviour and how it will affect society at large. This article examines historical experiences of how households managed the financial consequences of the rising mortality during the 1918 influenza pandemic. We find that the pandemic led to an immediate and major increase in primarily industrial life insurance policies on small sums designed for blue-collar workers. The increase in new policies did however not have a lasting effect. When the pandemic had faded over, the number of policies had dropped to bellow pre-pandemic conditions. This historical experience underlines that there are limits to the extent to which even a major shock, such as a pandemic, can lead to the kinds of behavioural change on which recent policies have been predicated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå University, 2020
Series
CEDAR Working Papers ; 2020:3
National Category
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-176020 (URN)
Available from: 2020-10-16 Created: 2020-10-16 Last updated: 2020-10-19Bibliographically approved
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