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Sweden's first labour movement didn't fear technological change – they embraced it to demand higher wages

By Kerstin Enflo, Professor of Growth, technological change, and inequality, Lund University
Jakob Molinder, Postdoctoral Researcher, Economic History, Lund University
Tobias Karlsson, Senior Lecturer in Historical Labour Markets, Lund University
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Sweden electrified at the turn of the 20th century, leading to over 8,000 work stoppages – but the strikers were no Luddites.


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