Stockholm University

Department of Economics

SE-106 91 Stockholm


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Short presentation

Per Pettersson-Lidbom completed his Ph.D. in Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockolm University, in 2000 and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), during 2001-2002. His research is focused on political economics, public finance, and labor economics and it is empirically oriented.He has received an ERC consolidator grant of 1.2m euros for a five-year period starting in 2014.

Research interests

  • Political Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Labor economics
  • Applied Econometrics and Evaluation Methods

Working paper

New papers

 "Midwives and Maternal Mortality," (1320 Kb) 2015.

 "Revisiting the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Preferences for Redistribution," (169 Kb) 2015 (with Lena Nekby) forthcoming in Scandinavian Journal of Economics

Old papers

 "Does Child Spacing Affect Children's Outcomes? Evidence from a Swedish Reform," (334 Kb) 2009 (with Peter Skogman Thoursie).

 "Labor Supply and Child Outcomes Following the Great Expansion of Child Care in Sweden," (52 Kb) 2008 (with Jon Gruber and Mårten Palme).

 "Does Child Gender Affect Sibling and Family Outcomes?," (136 Kb) 2008 (with Peter Skogman Thoursie and Jonas Vlachos).

 "Testing Political Agency Models," (320 Kb) 2006.

 "A Test of the Rational Electoral-Cycle Hypothesis," (130 Kb) 2003. Dissertation version 2000  "Chapter 4" (121 Kb) .


 "Revisiting the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Preferences for Redistribution" (246 Kb) (with Lena Nekby).  "Letter to the editors of Journal of Political Economy" (74 Kb) .

 "Stimulating Local Public Employment: Do General Grants Work?:Comment1," (416 Kb) 2013.

 "Stimulating Local Public Employment: Do General Grants Work?:Comment2," (89 Kb) 2014.

 "Distributive Politics and Electoral Incentives: Evidence from Seven US State Legislatures: Comment" (29 Kb) ", 2012.

Selected publications

 "Democracy, Redistribution, and Political Participation: Evidence from Sweden 1919-1938" (435 Kb) (with Björn Tyrefors), Econometrica, Volume 82, Issue 3, 961-993, 2014.  Web Appendix (2289 Kb) and  First working paper version (2007) (294 Kb) .

 "Temporary Disability Insurance and Labor Supply: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," (195 Kb) (with Peter Skogman Thoursie), Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Volume 115, Issue 2, 485-507, 2013.

"Does the Size of the Legislature Affect the Size of Government: Evidence from Two Natural Experiments,"  pdf (187 Kb) Journal of Public Economics,Volume 96, Issues 3–4, 269-278, 2012.  First working paper version (2001). (111 Kb)

 "Dynamic Commitment and the Soft Budget Constraint: An Empirical Test," (213 Kb) American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2(3): 154–179, 2010.

 "Behavior under Social Pressure: Empty Italian Stadiums and Referee Bias," (113 Kb) (with Mikael Priks) Economics Letters, 108: 212-214, 2010.

 "Do Parties Matter for Economic Outcomes: A Regression-Discontinuity Approach," (156 Kb) Journal of the European Economic Association, Volume 6, Issue 5: 1037–1056, 2008.  First working paper version (2001) (59 Kb) .

 "An Empirical Investigation of the Strategic Use of Debt," (95 Kb) Journal of Political Economy, 109: 570-584, 2001.