Research faculty

Martin Ljunge

Associate Professor

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

  • How do cultural factors influence immigrants' financial behavior?
  • How does trust affect individuals' choices and outcomes?
  • Does the welfare state have long-term effects on behaviors?

New research

Good Faith and Bad Health: Self-Assessed Religiosity and Self-Assessed Health of Women and Men in Europe Niclas Berggren and Martin Ljunge



  • Fertile Soil for Intrapreneurship: Impartial Institutions and Human Capital (2020) (with Mikael Stenkula). Journal of Institutional Economics, forthcoming. Online appendix available in WP version.
  • Good Faith and Bad Health: Self-Assessed Religiosity and Self-Assessed Health of Women and Men in Europe (2021) (with Niclas Berggren). Social Indicators Research, 153: 323344. Link
  • Roots of Tolerance among Second-generation Immigrants (2019) (with Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson). Journal of Institutional Economics, 15, 999-1016. Link Doi: DOI: 10.1017/S1744137419000316
  • 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): 187—223 (lead article). Link
  • Cultural Transmission of Civicness (2012). Economics Letters, 117(1): 291—294. Link
  • Increasing Demands on the Welfare State? Trends in Behavior and Attitudes (2011). CESifo Economic Studies 57(4): 605—622. Link
  • Do Taxes Produce Better Wine? (2011). Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, 9(1), Article 12. Link

Book chapters

  • Trust promotes health: addressing reverse causality by studying children of immigrants. Chapter in the book Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health, edited by Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018 Link
  • The Role of Trust in Explaining Health and Wealth Gaps in the EU. Chapter in the book Bridging the Prosperity Gap in the EU - the Challenge Ahead, edited by Ulf Bernitz, Moa Mårtensson, Lars Oxelheim and Thomas Persson. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018. 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.

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