Research projects

Crime composition in gang enclaves

In this project, we study gangs' presence and influence in an urban area in a developed country at a low geographical level. We analyse whether there is a tipping point in gang presence that affects criminal patterns, and we test for discontinuities in crime levels and composition.

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Gang sweeps, crime, and welfare

In this project, we study criminal organizations' causal effect on crime for arrested individuals and known peers. We also study broader welfare implications for the areas where a sweep took place.  

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Community-based interventions and inequality

In this project, we study the effects on local crime rates of bolstering community ties. We take advantage of the quasi-random deployment of a community health policy that aims to improve health outcomes and reduce inequalities in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods through community-based initiatives.

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“Mom, Dad: I’m staying”. Initial labor market conditions, housing markets, and welfare.

Young individuals are currently living with their parents more than at any other point in time, while also spending more on housing. In 2020, more than 50 per cent of the young US population (between 18 and 29 years old) were living with their parents, the highest level since the great depression.  In Europe, 69 per cent of those aged between 16 and 29 lived with their parents in 2019.

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Business as usual? The Dynamics of Land Development Around Floodplains

Using a rich dataset on historical flood records and the universe of buildings in Spain, we document the patterns of land development in the aftermath of an inundation. We apply a flexible event-study framework and find that, on average, new development is not affected by a flood, and residential buildings continue to locate close to potentially dangerous areas.

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Public sector employment – stimulating regular employment or providing eligibility to unemployment benefits?

Public sector employment programs (PSEP) typically do not come out well in evaluations. However, for groups with weak labor market attachments, benefits from increased networks and labor market experience may outweigh negative lock-in effects.

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Do Brokers Beat Auctions in the Sale of Foreclosed Real Estate Property? RCT Evidence from Sweden

The impact of brokered sale during foreclosure has not been investigated previously. This is possible in the Swedish setting, since the Swedish Enforcement Authority - SEA (Kronofogden) is legally obliged to choose between these two different sale modes in each compulsory sale case.

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Age at arrival and residential integration

Child hands building appartment blocks

In this project, we study whether immigrant children who arrive at earlier ages in Sweden live in better neighborhoods in adulthood. We focus on refugees.

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How do individuals and local stakeholder value housing?

In this project we study the willingness to pay for different housing attributes. In the project, we also intend to study local stakeholders in the rental market and their views and understanding of tenants’ value as well as how they themselves perceive the principles, functions and legitimacy of rent setting. Out approach is to conduct a hypothetical field experiment.

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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.

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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.

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Income Inequality and Residential Segregation

New construction in Bredäng

From 1990 until 2017, income inequality (Gini coefficient) increased by over 30 per cent, and residential income segregation increased by approximately 50 per cent (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 1991–2017.

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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.

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On Gentrification: Renovations of Rental Housing and Socio-Economic Sorting

Apartment houses under renovation with covered windows

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.

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

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 Stockholm, Sundsvall, Växjö, Norrköping, Östersund and Uppsala.

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The heavy metal project

Car queue in a city

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.

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The effect of urban migration on educational attainment

In this project, we focus on the effects of urban migration in developing countries on educational outcomes of children. Does urban migration form a viable pathway to improve opportunities and educational outcomes? In order to answer the question, the project uses extensive census data for a variety of developing countries in Africa and Latin America.

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Access to rental housing – a field experiment in Sweden

Hand holding house key

In housing markets where rents are regulated, stable first hand rental contracts might become a scarce resource. This research project studies the consequences on households of getting access to a first hand rental contract with regulated rents.

Last modified: 2021-10-27