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Faculty and expertise

Tommy Bengtsson

Research interests

Teaching areas

Population and Living Standards – Present and Past, Historical Demography, Theories of Mortality and Health, Population Ageing

Current research

Tommy Bengtsson is professor in demography and economic history at Lund University and former director of the Centre for Economic Demography, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, which he founded. He is Research Fellow at IZA, and Research Associate with the Labour Economics Programme of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London.

Bengtsson received his doctoral degree from Lund University in 1980. His doctoral dissertation was concerned with the development of the textile industry during the Second World War with special emphasis on technological change and labour market issues. He then started to work on the area of population economics - more specifically on the short-term demographic response to changes in real wages using historical records at macro level for Sweden.

Later in the 80s he combined a life event history approach with a time-series approach analysing effects of community wide real wages on individuals using family reconstitution data for Sweden back to 1650. This approach is also used in the EurAsia Project on Population and Family History, which started in 1994

Publications

Lazuka, Volha, Quaranta, Luciana, and Bengtsson, Tommy. Fighting Infectious Disease: Evidence from Sweden 1870-1940. IZA Working paper series, 2015.
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Chen, Zeyuan, Bengtsson, Tommy, and Helgertz, Jonas. Labor Supply Responses to New Rural Pension Insurances in China: A Regression Discontinuity Approach. In Lund Papers in Economic History. Population Economics. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2015.
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Hedefalk, Finn, Quaranta, Luciana, and Bengtsson, Tommy. The influence of micro-level soil factors on mortality in southern Sweden, 1850-1914. , 2015.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Helgertz, Jonas. The Long Lasting Influenza: The Impact of Fetal Stress during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic on Socioeconomic Attainment and Health in Sweden 1968-2012. In IZA Discussion Paper. Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit Institute for the Study of Labor, 2015.
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Myrskylä, Mikko, Gagnon, Alain, and Bengtsson, Tommy. Pathways to Health and Well-being. In Social Science and Medicine. , 175-179. Elsevier, 2014.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. The Historical Fertility Transition at the Micro Level: Southern Sweden 1815-1939. In Demographic Research. , 493-533. Max Planck Inst Demographic Research, 2014.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. The Influence of Economic Factors on First Marriages in Historical Europe and Asia. In Similarity in Difference. Marriage in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. Christer, Lundh, and Satomi, Kurosu. (eds.) , 121-168. MIT Press, 2014.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. Välfärden i ett åldrande Sverige – en framtidsskiss i historisk belysning. In Vägar till välfärd. Swärd, Hans, Edebalk, Per-Gunnar, and Wadensjö, Eskil. (eds.) Liber, 2013.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. World population in historcal perspective. In The SAGE Handbook on Aging, Work and Society. Field, John, Burke, Ronald D, and Cooper, Cary L. (eds.) , 23-40. SAGE Publications, 2013.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Are we getting sick of low incomes?. In Frans van Poppel: a sort of farewell. Beekink, Érik, and Walhout, Evelien. (eds.) , 86-88. NIDI, The Hague, 2012.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Broström, Göran. Famines and mortality crises in 18th to 19th century southern Sweden. In GENUS: Journal of Population Sciences. , 2011.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. Population Aging and the Future of the Welfare State: The Example of Sweden.. In Population and Development Review. , 158-170. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Gagnon, Alain. Revisiting mortality crises of the past: introduction. In Genus - Journal of Population Sciences. , 2011.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and van Poppel, Frans. Socioeconomic inequalities in death from past to present: An introduction. In Explorations in Economic History. , 343-356. Elsevier, 2011.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. The late emergence of socioeconomic mortality differentials: A micro-level study of adult mortality in southern Sweden 1815-1968. In Explorations in Economic History. , 389-400. , 2011.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Agency, Social Class, and Fertility in Southern Sweden, 1766 to 1865. In Prudence and Pressure. Reproduction and Human Agency in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. N.O. Tsuya, Wang Feng, G. Alter, J. Z. Lee, et al.. (eds.) MIT Press, 2010.
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Kurosu, Satomi, Bengtsson, Tommy, and Campbell, Cameron. Demographic Responses to Economic and Environmental Crises. Kashiwa: Reitaku University Press, 2010.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Economic Stress and Reproductive Responses. In Prudence and Pressure. Reproduction and Human Agency in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. Tsuya, N.¨O., Feng, Wang, Lee, J. Z., and Alter, G.. (eds.) MIT Press, 2010.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Introduction. In Population Ageing - A Threat to the Welfare State? The Case of Sweden. Bengtsson, Tommy. (eds.) , 1-6. Springer, 2010.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Broström, Göran. Mortality Crisis in Rural Southern Sweden 1766-1860. In Demographic Responses to Economic and Environmental Crisis. Kurosu, Satomi, Bengtsson, Tommy, and Campbell, Cameron. (eds.) , 1-16. Kashiwa: Reitaku University Press, 2010.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Quantifying the Family Frailty Effect in Infant and Child Mortality by Using Median Hazard Ratio (MHR). In Historical Methods. , 15-27. Heldref Publications, 2010.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, Lee, James Z, and Campbell, Cameron. Simplicity and Complexity. In Prudence and Pressure. Reproduction and Human Agency in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. Tsuya, NO, Feng, Wang, Lee, JZ, and Alter, G. (eds.) , 3-21. MIT Press, 2010.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. The Ageing Population. In Population Ageing - A Threat to the Welfare State? The Case of Sweden. Bengtsson, Tommy. (eds.) , 7-22. Springer, 2010.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. The Fertility Transition at the Micro Level: Socioeconomic Status, Income and Fertility in Southern Sweden 1815-1939. , 2010.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Broström, Göran. Do conditions in early life affect old-age mortality directly and indirectly? Evidence form 19th-century rural Sweden.. In Social Science and Medicine. , 1583-1590. Elsevier, 2009.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Mineau, Geraldine P. Early-life effects on socio-economic performance and mortality in later life: A full life-course approach using contemporary and historical sources.. In Social Science and Medicine. , 1561-1564. Elsevier, 2009.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. Population Ageing. A Threat to European Welfare?. In How Unified is the European Union. Gustavsson, S, Oxelheim, L, and Pehrson, L. (eds.) , 117-137. Springer, 2009.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Socioeconomic differences in the fertility transition: a micro level study of southern Sweden. , 2009.
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Scott, Kirk, and Bengtsson, Tommy. Sustaining Economic Welfare in an Ageing Europe. In How Unified Is the European Union? European Integration Between Visions and Popular Legitimacy. Gustavsson, Sverker, Oxelheim, Lars, and Pehrson, Lars. (eds.) Springer, 2009.
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Scott, Kirk, and Bengtsson, Tommy. Välfärden i ett åldrande Europa. In Hur Gemensam är den Europeiska Gemenskapen?. Gustavsson, Sverger, Oxelheim, Lars, and Pehrson, Lars. (eds.) , 179-206. Santérus förlag, 2009.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Broström, Göran. Inheritance, Environment, and Mortality in Older Ages, Southern Sweden, 1813-1894. In Kinship and Demographic Behavior in the Past. International Studies in Population. Bengtsson, Tommy, and Mineau, Geraldine P.. (eds.) , 185-201. Springer, 2008.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Mineau, Geraldine P.. Introduction. In Kinship and Demographic Behavior in the Past. International Studies in Population. Bengtsson, Tommy, and Mineau, Geraldine P.. (eds.) , 1-12. Springer, 2008.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Mineau, Geraldine P.. Kinship and Demographic Behavior in the Past Introduction. In Kinship and Demographic Behavior in the Past. , 1-12. Springer, 2008.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Socioeconomic Status and Mortality during the Mortality Transition: A Micro-level Study of Age-specific Mortality in Rural Southern Sweden 1815-1894. , 2008.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Early-Life Conditions and Old-Age Mortality in a Comparative Perspective: 19th Century Sweden and Belgium. In Social Insurance Studies. Bengtsson, Tommy. (eds.) , 61-80. Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Stockholm, 2007.
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Zhongqing, Li, Bengtsson, Tommy, and Kang, Wenlin. Jiating yu shequ. In Yalixia de shenghuo: 1700-1900 nian Ouzhou yu Yazhou de siwanglyu he shenghuo shuiping. Bengtsson, Tommy, Kang, Wenlin, Zhongqing, Li, and al., et. (eds.) , 93-116. Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing PRC, 2007.
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Kang, Wenlin, Zhongqing, Li, and Bengtsson, Tommy. Jingji yali yu siwanglyu. In Yalixia de shenghuo: 1700-1900 nian Ouzhou yu Yazhou de siwanglyu he shenghuo shuiping. Bengtsson, Tommy, Kang, Wenlin, Zhongqing, Li, and al., et. (eds.) , 67-92. Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing PRC, 2007.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Shenghuo shuiping yu lingji yali. In Yalixia de shenghuo: 1700-1900 nian Ouzhou yu Yazhou de siwanglyu he shenghuo shuiping. Bengtsson, Tommy, Kang, Wenlin, Zhongqing, Li, and al., et. (eds.) , 31-66. Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing CPR, 2007.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Sikaniya sige jiaoqu de siwanglyu yu shehui jieji. In Yalixia de shenghuo: 1700-1900 nian Ouzhou yu Yazhou de siwanglyu he shenghuo shuiping. Bengtsson, Tommy, Kang, Wenlin, Zhongqing, Li, and al., et. (eds.) , 147-188. Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing PRC, 2007.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Socioeconomic Differences and Family Clustering of Infant and Child Mortality: A Multilevel Analysis of Rural Southern Sweden, 1766-1895. , 2007.
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Zhongqing, Li, Kang, Wenlin, and Bengtsson, Tommy. Xingwei yu renkouxue: yalixia de shenghuo zhi Ou-Ya bijiao. In Yalixia de shenghuo: 1700-1900 nian Ouzhou yu Yazhou de siwanglyu he shenghuo shuiping. Bengtsson, Tommy, Kang, Wenlin, Zhongqing, Li, and al., et. (eds.) , 485-498. Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing PRC, 2007.
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Zhongqing, Li, Kang, Wenlin, and Bengtsson, Tommy. Yizhong Maersasi zhuyi shijiao. In Yalixia de shenghuo: 1700-1900 nian Ouzhou yu Yazhou de siwanglyu he shenghuo shuiping. Bengtsson, Tommy, Kang, Wenlin, Zhongqing, Li, and al., et. (eds.) , 5-30. Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing PRC, 2007.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Deliberate control in a natural fertility population: Southern Sweden, 1766-1864. In Demography. , 727-746. Population Assn Amer, 2006.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Den demografiska transitionen och samhällsomvandlingen. In Sverige - en social och ekonomisk historia. Studentlitteratur, 2006.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. Immigrant Consumption of Sickness Benefits in Sweden 1981-1991. In Journal of Socio-Economics. , 440-457. , 2006.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Linear Increase in Life Expectancy: Past and Present. In Perspective on Mortality Forecasting. III. The Linear Rise in Life Expectancy: History and Present. , 83-99. Social Insurance Agency, Stockholm, 2006.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Broström, Göran. Old-Age Mortality in a Life-Course Perspective, Southern Sweden, 1829-1894. , 2006.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Social and spatial dimensions of child mortality: Southern Sweden 1766-1895. , 2006.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Deliberate Control in a Natural Fertility Population: Southern Sweden 1766-1865. , 2005.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, Lundh, Christer, and Scott, Kirk. From Boom to Bust. The Economic Integration of Immigrants in Post War Sweden. In European Migration: What Do We Know?. , 15-58. Oxford University Press, 2005.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Introduction. In Living Standards in the Past. New Perspectives on Well-Being in Asia and Europe. Allen, Robert C., Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. (eds.) Oxford University Press, 2005.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, Dribe, Martin, and Lundh, Christer. Linking the Past to the Present. 20th Century Sweden from a Long-term panel Perspective. , 2005.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. Ursprungsland och sjukskrivning. In Analyserar. , 77-92. , 2005.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. Varför åldras Sveriges befolkning? Vad kan vi och vad kan vi inte göra åt det?. In Sociologisk Forskning. , 3-12. , 2005.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. Why is the Swedish population aging? What can we or what can we not do about this?. In Sociologisk Forskning. , 3-12. Sociologisk Forskning, 2005.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. 2000-talets kris i befolkningsfrågan. , 2004.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Campbell, Cameron. Agency and Demography: Eurasian Comparisons of Life under Pressure. In Life under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. Bengtsson, Tommy, Campbell, Cameron, Lee, James Z., and al., et. (eds.) , 431-440. , 2004.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Deliberate Control in a Natural Fertility Population: Southern Sweden 1766-1865. , 2004.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Lee, James Z.. Economic Stress and Mortality. In Life under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. Bengtsson, Tommy, Campbell, Cameron, Lee, James Z., and al., et. (eds.) , 31-84. , 2004.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Family and Community. In Life under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. Bengtsson, Tommy, Campbell, Cameron, Lee, James Z., and al., et. (eds.) , 85-105. , 2004.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, Campbell, Cameron, and Lee, James Z.. Life under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. MIT Press, 2004.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Living Standards and Economic Stress. In Life under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. Bengtsson, Tommy, Campbell, Cameron, Lee, James Z., and al., et. (eds.) , 27-59. , 2004.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Mortality and Social Class in Four Scanian Parishes, 1766-1865. In Life under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. Bengtsson, Tommy, Campbell, Cameron, Lee, James Z., and al., et. (eds.) , 135-171. , 2004.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Campbell, Cameron. New Malthusian Perspectives. In Life under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. Bengtsson, Tommy, Campbell, Cameron, Lee, James Z., and al., et. (eds.) , 3-24. MIT Press, 2004.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Lindström, Martin. Airborne infectious diseases during infancy and mortality in later life in southern Sweden, 1766-1894.. In International Journal of Epidemiology. , 286-294. Oxford University Press, 2003.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Comment on Edward Glaeser: Does rent control reduce segregation?. In Swedish Economic Policy Review. , 203-206. , 2003.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Broström, Göran. Effects of Life-Course Conditions on Old-Age Mortality in Southern Sweden, 1829-1894. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2003.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Broström, Göran. Effects of Life-Course Conditions on Old-Age Mortality in Southern Sweden, 1829-1894. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2003.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Keilman, Nico. Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting. I. Current Practise. Riksförsäkringsverket, 2003.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. The Need for Looking Far Back in Time When Predicting Future Mortality Trends. In Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting. I. Current practice. , 87-97. , 2003.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Lindström, Martin. Airborne Infectious Diseases during Infancy, and Mortality in Later Life, Southern Sweden 1766-1894. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2002.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Svensson, Patrick. Economic Development, Formation of Human Capital and the Demographic Transition: Southern Sweden 1750 - 1900. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2002.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, Broström, Göran, and Lindström, Martin. Effects of Conditions in Early-Life on Old Age Mortality in Southern Sweden 1766-1894: Functional Form and Frailty. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2002.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Broström, Göran. Effects of Life-Course Conditions on Old Age Mortality in Souther Sweden 1766-1864. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2002.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Fertility Response to Short-term Economic Stress: Deliberate Control or Reduced Fecundability?. In Lund Papers in Economic History. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2002.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Fertility Response to Short-term Economic Stress: Deliberate Control or Reduced Fecundability?. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2002.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Scott, Kirk. Immigrant Consumption of Sickness Benefits in Sweden, 1981-1991. In Lund Papers in Economic History. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2002.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. New Evidence on the Standard of Living in Sweden during the 18th and 19th Centuries: Long-term Development of the Demographic Response to Short-term Economic Stress among Landless in Western Scania. In Lund Papers in Economic History. Department of Economic History, Lund University, 2002.
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Bengtsson, Tommy. Why Dad Dies. The Mortality of Men in their Working Ages in the 18th and 19th Centuries. In When Dad Died. Individuals and Families Coping with Family Stress in Past Societies. , 81-98. , 2002.
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Bengtsson, Tommy, and Dribe, Martin. Risk Management in the Family. Demographic Responses to Short-term Economic Stress in Southern Sweden during the Agricultural Transformation, 1829-1865. In Family Structures, Demography and Population. A Comparison of Societies in Asia and Europe. Neven, Muriel, and Capron, Caterine. (eds.) University of Liège, Liège, 2000.
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Dribe, Martin, and Bengtsson, Tommy. Economy and Demography in Western Scania, Sweden, 1650-1900. International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, 1997.
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