Understanding international cartels in the 20th century: tracing size and scope

Research project
Active research
Project size
1 800 000
Project period
2020 - 2022
Project owner
Unit for Economic History, Department of Economy and Society

Handelsbankens Forskningstiftelser: Jan Wallander & Torsten Hedelius Stiftelse

Short description

In this project we study international cartels in an historical perspective. We analyze how frequent, widespread and influential these cartels were. Empirically, the focus is on the organization of the cartels, their agreements and their geographical aspects. There are many different reasons why cartels arise and there is great variation in how cartels work and are constructed.

The study uses a database of international cartels (c.1880-1950 at this stage) that is under construction, as well as other historical and statistical material. Historical cartel research has mainly dealt with individual cartels. The project focuses on overall issues concerning the spread and significance of cartels as well as activity over time.


Susanna Fellman (Project Manager)

Martin Shanahan (Visiting Professor within VPP)

Malin Dahlström

Elin Åström-Rudberg

Kristoffer Strandqvist