Two Helping Hands, State subsidies to Private companies and the mobility of the Swedish Work Force

The aim is to analyze the Swedish mobility- and localization subsidies from a long-term policy initiation and implementation perspective by mapping and analyzing the economic policy trade-offs between mobility and support to companies in the rural areas in Sweden. The project's new knowledge contribution deals with the central government dealing with contradictory policy instruments , where causes behind the mobility policy and localization policy and their implementation are studied for the period 1957-1987 when the subsidy policy twin goals of converting and preserving took place.


Jan Ottosson, Lena Andersson-Skog, Umeå University, Jakob Molinder


Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelser

Contact persons:

Professor Jan Ottosson, Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen, Box 513, 751 20,

Phone: +46 18 471 12 26



Seminars will take place in Ekonomikum, room K425, 1315-1500

29 August

Margrit Müller, Universität Zürich. "The impact of multinationalization on the firms, their home economy and the host countries. The case of Switzerland during the 20th century"

12 September

Amanda Scardamaglia, Swinburne Law School, Melbourne. Presentation of research project on  "Colonial trademarks".