For being elected to be part of the cutting-edge research programme Pro Futura Scientia XVI. This is the 16th round of Pro Futura Scientia, but only the second time when the prestigious grant goes to an economic historian, and the first time ever to LUSEM.
Thor Berger has been elected to be part of the cutting-edge research programme Pro Futura Scientia XVI where he will work on his research project “Intergenerational mobility from the past to the present”.
Today, the Scandinavian welfare states such as Sweden exhibit higher levels of intergenerational mobility than Britain or the United States.
But when and why did these differences emerge?
In three research projects, Thor will:
1 trace the evolution of intergenerational mobility from the 19th century until the present day
2 study how differences in mobility have changed within countries and how local environments where individuals grow up shape economic and social outcomes
3 analyze whether automation and technological change — from the rise of the factory to the spread of industrial robots — has created “winners” and “losers” and the extent to which such shocks shape mobility within and across generations.