Research faculty

Martin Ljunge

Associate Professor

Some of the questions Martin Ljunge aims to answer in his research:

  • How does trust affect individual's choices and outcomes?
  • Does the welfare state have long term effects on behaviors?
  • How does the tax system affect sick leave?

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The Role of Trust in Explaining Health and Wealth Gaps in the EU Martin Ljunge



  • The “Healthy Worker Effect”: Do Healthy People Climb the Occupational Ladder? (2018) (with Joan Costa Font). Economics & Human Biology, 28(February), 119-131. Link Doi: 10.1016/j.ehb.2017.12.007
  • Cultural Determinants of Gender roles: Pragmatism as an Underpinning Attitude toward Gender Equality among Children of Immigrants. In Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues, edited by Joan Costa Font and Mario Macis. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017. Link
  • Migrants, Health, and Happiness: Evidence that Health Assessments Travel with Migrants and Predict Well-Being (2016). Economics & Human Biology, 22(September), 35–46. Link Doi: 10.1016/j.ehb.2016.03.004
  • Social Capital and Health: Evidence that Ancestral Trust Promotes Health Among Children of Immigrants (2014). Economics and Human Biology, 15(December), 165-186. Open Access Link doi: 10.1016/j.ehb.2014.09.001
  • Trust Issues: Evidence on the Intergenerational Trust Transmission from Children of Immigrants (2014). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 106(October), 175-196. Open Access Link
  • Social Capital and the Family: Evidence that Strong Family Ties Cultivate Civic Virtues (2015). Economica, 82(January), 103-136. Link doi:10.1111/ecca.12102
  • Social Capital and Political Institutions: Evidence that Democracy Fosters Trust (2014). Economics Letters, 122(1), 44-49. Open Access. Link
  • The Spirit of the Welfare State? Adaptation in the Demand for Social Insurance (2012). Journal of Human Capital, 6(3, Fall), 187-223 (lead article). Link
  • Cultural Transmission of Civicness (2012). Economics Letters, 117, 291-294. Link
  • Increasing Demands on the Welfare State? Trends in Behavior and Attitudes. Economic Studies (2011) 57(4): 605-622. Link
  • Do Taxes Produce Better Wine? (2011) Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, 9(1), Article 12. Link


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Martin Ljunge


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Martin Ljunge is an Associate Professor in Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Martin has previously worked at the University of Copenhagen and Stockholm School of Economics. He is also an affiliated researcher at Södertörn University and SITE at the Stockholm School of Economics.

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Professor Olav Sorenson, Yale, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2018. 

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