Grow or Die? Saving, Investment and Outcomes in Early 20th Century Swedish Manufacturing Industries

Research project
Active research
Project owner
Unit for Economic History, Department of Economy and Society

Short description

My project explores various aspects of how saving, investment and adoption of new technology in industrial enterprises relate to their productivity, success and survival. How do business behaviours and outcomes differ between sectors and over time, with different intensities in competition and industrial change? Which enterprises cope best with periods of crisis? Is this decided by a "pure" market logic or by other institutional conditions? I investigate these questions using the Swedish manufacturing industry in the first half of the 20th century as a case.

Doctoral student: Jens Boberg
Supervisor: Svante Prado
Assistant supervisor: Oskar Broberg