Research projects

Can the Market Provide Housing for the Poor

Real esate signs in front of newly built apartment building

The filtering theory predicts that over time, as homes deteriorate, they will filter down to low-income individuals through moving chains. With data over the entire population and all properties since 1990, this project aims to investigate the role of filtering in providing housing for the poor.

Learn more about this project

Ethnic Enclaves and Political Participation

What is the effect of residing in ethnic enclaves on immigrants' future political participation? In this study we use unique individual-level turnout data to study the causal impact of ethnic concentration on immigrant voter participation.

Learn more about this project

Hand holding a Swedish poll card

Income Inequality and Residential Segregation

New construction in Bredäng

From 1990 until today, income inequality (Gini coefficient) increased by over 30%, and residential income segregation increased by approximately 50% (Neighborhood Sorting Index) in Sweden. This project investigates the effects of income inequality on residential income segregation by neighborhoods using Swedish full-population data from 1991-2014.

Learn more about this project

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Population Mobility under Mild Policies: Causal Evidence from Sweden

Sweden has adopted far less restrictive social distancing policies than most countries following the COVID-19 pandemic. This project uses mobile data to examine the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak under the Swedish mild recommendations and restrictions regime on individual mobility.

Learn more about this project

Research graph from Stockholm showing mobility using arrows

New Housing Construction and the Concentration of Affluence

Kajen 4 building at Liljeholmskajen in Stockholm

Compared to the income of residents in other homes, the average income of residents in newly built homes has increased significantly. In this project, the researchers will study whether constructions of new homes have contributed to the geographic concentration of affluence.

Learn more about this project

On ”Renovictions”: Renovations of Rental Housing and Socio-Economic Sorting

The purpose of this project is to use detailed register data on all renovations in Sweden from 1995 to 2014 and examine if renovations affect the socio-economic composition in the renovated properties.

Learn more about this project

Apartment houses under renovation with covered windows

The labour market impacts of the Stockholm congestion charge

Congestion charge sign in Stockholm

In this project, we analyze how the Stockholm and Gothenburg congestion charges have affected the spatial allocation of economic activity. Did households change their residential or workplace locations in response to the congestion charge, and how did it affect the spatial segregation within the city?

Learn more about this project

Urbanization and Education in Africa

Africa has rapidly urbanized over the last decades, with 40% of the population now living in an urban environment. This project investigates the effect of exposure to cities on educational outcomes of children, using detailed administrative census data on 13 African countries.

Learn more about this project

Urban Social and Economic Geography in the Long Run, 1880–2017

Architect hand drawing a city plan

This research project has the aim of analyzing changes to urban social and economic geography over the 1880–2017 period and how these are linked to shifts in transportation technology and urban planning using data for the six Swedish cities of Stockholm, Sundsvall, Växjö, Norrköping, Östersund and Uppsala.

Learn more about this project

The heavy metal project

This project aims to learn more about the consequences of environmental exposures in childhood on outcomes later in life. The researchers will study causal effects of mercury, cadmium and arsenic on economic outcomes over the life-cycle, and also examine how the consequences may differ across the socioeconomic status of the parents.

Learn more about this project

Car queue in a city