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Klas Eriksson

About me

PhD Candidate in Economic History at Stockholm University. 

Visiting Scholar at Hoover Institution, Stanford University.


Stockholm University: Economic History of Ideas at the course "Thoughts About the Economy"

Stockholm School of Economics: Digital methods at the course "Contemporary Methods in Historical Research" 



Klas A.M. Erikssons research interest include: creative destruction, institutional change, technological shifts, culture and economics, urban economy, property rights, economic history of ideas and the influence of norms and laws on markets. 



Science journals (peer review):

Edvinsson Rodney, Eriksson Klas, Ingman Gustav (2020) A real estate price index for Stockholm, Sweden 1818–2018: putting the last decades housing price boom in a historical perspective Scandinavian Economic History Review Published online: 07 May 2020

Eriksson Klas, Ernkvist Mirko, Laurell Christofer, Moodysson Jerker, Nykvist Rasmus, Sandström Christian (2019) A revised perspective on innovation policy for renewal of mature economies – Historical evidence from finance and telecommunications in Sweden 1980–1990. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 147, 152-162 

Geissinger Andrea, Laurell Christofer, Sandström Christian, Eriksson Klas, Nykvist Rasmus, (2019) Digital entrepreneurship and field conditions for institutional change– Investigating the enabling role of cities. Technological Forecasting and Social Change Volume 146, Pages 877-886

Laurell Christofer, Sandström Christian, Eriksson Klas, Nykvist Rasmus (2019) Digitalization and the future of Management Learning: New technology as an enabler of historical, practice-oriented, and critical perspectives in management research and learning. Management Learning, Special Issue: 50th Anniversary, 1-20


Book chapter:

Eriksson Klas A.M., Nykvist Rasmus (2022) Public-Steering and Private-Performing Sectors: Success and Failures in the Swedish Finance, Telecoms, and City Planning Sectors in Questioning the Entrepreneurial State: Status-quo, Pitfalls, and the Need for Credible Innovation Policy red Sandström Christian, Wennberg Karl. Springer 

Geissinger Andrea, Nykvist Rasmus, Eriksson Klas A.M. (2021) “Own it” or “share it” Transformations of regulatory and community norms in the Swedish housing market in Technological Change and Industrial Transformation red Long Vicky, Holmén Magnus. Routledge



Eriksson Klas A.M. (2021) Maktspel skapar bostadspolitiska låsningar Smedjan 27 juli 2021

Eriksson Klas A.M. (2020) Syndabockarna och civilisationen Timbro Publishing

Eriksson Klas A.M. (2020) Historien förändras, människan gör det inte - kulturen och drifterna som civilisationens historiska lärdomar in (red) Hessérus, Mattias & Luthersson, Peter Förfluten tid och nutid Axess Publishing AB

Eriksson Klas A.M. (2020) Den digitala revolutionen slår igenom på bred front genom pandemin Tidsskriften Respons nr 3 2020

Eriksson Klas A.M. (2020) Nietzsche och den kapitalistiska frigörelsen Svensk Linje nr 2 2020

Eriksson Klas A.M. (2020) Stadslivet är större än Amazon Smedjan 14 sept 2020 


Book reviews:

Eriksson, Klas A.M. (2021) book review of Why Liberalism Works by Deirdre McCloskey Axess Magazine nr 8 2021

Eriksson, Klas A.M. (2020) book review of Statescraft and Liberal Reform by Nils Karlson Ekonomisk debatt nr 5 2020

Eriksson, Klas A.M. (2020) book review of Why Culture Matters Most by David C. Rose Axess magazine number 1 2020

Eriksson, Klas (2018) book review of Citizens Witout Nations by Maarten Praak Axess magazine number 9 2018

Eriksson, Klas (2018) book review of Jag har ingen vilja till makt by Dick Harrison Historisk tidsskrift number 4 2018 



Eriksson Klas A. M. (2021) Kommer vägarna att bära mot andra städer än Rom? Svenska dagbladet



Fulbright Commission grant for visiting research in the United States during academic year 2021-22

Hedelius scholarship for 2021-22

Sweden-America foundation scholarship for 2020-21

Winner of Timbro Publishing´s essay competition 2020



A selection from Stockholm University publication database

  • Digital entrepreneurship and field conditions for institutional change

    2018. Christian Sandström (et al.). Technological forecasting & social change


    Digital entrepreneurship may result in institutional turbulence and new initiatives are frequently blocked by vested interest groups who posit superior financial and relational resources. In this paper, we explore the role of cities in facilitating digital entrepreneurship and overcoming institutional resistance to innovation. Drawing upon two historical case studies of digital entrepreneurship in the city of Stockholm along with an extensive material on the sharing economy in Sweden, our results suggest that cities offer an environment that is critical for digital entrepreneurship. The economic and technological diversity of a city may provide the field conditions required for institutional change to take place and to avoid regulatory capture.

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  • A revised perspective on innovation policy for renewal of mature economies

    2019. Klas Eriksson (et al.). Technological forecasting & social change 147, 152-162


    What is the role of innovation policy for accomplishing renewal of mature industries in Western economies? Drawing upon an unusually rich dataset spanning 9752 digitized archival documents, we categorize and code decisions taken by policymakers on several levels while also mapping and quantifying the strategic activities of both entrant firms and incumbent monopolists over a decade. Our data concerns two empirical cases from Sweden during the time period 1980–1990: the financial sector and the telecommunications sector. In both industries, a combination of technological and institutional upheaval came into motion during this time period which in turn fueled the revitalization of the Swedish economy in the subsequent decades. Our findings show that Swedish policymakers in both cases consistently acted in order to promote the emergence of more competition and de novo entrant firms at the expense of established monopolies. The paper quantifies and documents this process while also highlighting several enabling conditions. In conclusion, the results indicate that successful innovation policy in mature economies is largely a matter of strategically dealing with resourceful vested interest groups, alignment of expectations, and removing resistance to industrial renewal.

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  • Digitalization and the future of Management Learning:

    2019. Christofer Laurell (et al.). Management Learning


    How are historical, practice-oriented, and critical research perspectives in management affected by digitalization? In this article, we describe and discuss how two digital research approaches can be applied and how they may influence the future directions of management scholarship and education: Social Media Analytics and digital archives. Our empirical illustrations suggest that digitalization generates productivity improvements for scholars, making it possible to undertake research that was previously too laborious. It also enables researchers to pay closer attention to detail while still being able to abstract and generalize. We therefore argue that digitalization contributes to a historical turn in management, that practice-oriented research can be conducted with less effort and improved quality and that micro-level data in the form of digital archives and online contents make it easier to adopt critical perspectives.

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  • A real estate price index for Stockholm, Sweden 1818–2018

    2020. Rodney Edvinsson, Klas Eriksson, Gustav Ingman. Scandinavian Economic History Review 68 (2), 91-111


    Earlier research describes the development of real housing prices as a ‘hockey stick’, i.e. of long stagnation followed by a sharp upturn in recent decades. A problem is that there are very few indices of residential property covering longer periods. Using a database of around 10,900 sales, this study presents a historical housing price index for Stockholm 1818–1875, which extend a previous index by 57 years, one of the longest for any city. A so-called repeated sales index is compared to a sales price appraisals ratio index. We show that in real terms there have been two long upswings, in 1855–1887 and 1993–2018. In other periods, real prices were stagnant or even slightly declining. The nineteenth century upturn did not end in a crash, but was followed by stagnation for a century. There are many similarities between the two upturns. For example, both coincided with the demographic expansion and were preceded by deregulations. During both periods, properties became more expensive relative income levels. 

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