Research faculty

Therese Nilsson

Associate Professor

Among the questions that Therese Nilsson tries to answer with her research:


  • What is the impact of early investments in education and health on later-life health and socioeconomic outcomes?

  • How do cultural variables affect the way the economy functions?
  • What were the economic consequences of the Spanish flu?
  • What are the effects of the introduction of free neonatal and antenatal care?


New research

Economic Freedom and Antisemitism Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson

Articles in international journals (with peer review)

Fischer, M, Heckley, G., Karlsson, M. and Nilsson, T. (2021). Revisiting Sweden's Comprehensive School Reform: Effects on Education and Earnings. Journal of Applied Econometrics, forthcoming. 

Bhalotra, S., Karlsson, M., Nilsson, T. and Schwarz, N. (2020). Infant Health, Cognitive Performance and Earnings: Evidence from Inception of the Welfare State in Sweden. Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming

Seblova, N. et al (2020). Does prolonged education causally affect dementia risk when adult socioeconomic status is not altered? A Swedish natural experiment on 1.3 million individuals. American Journal of Epidemology, forthcoming.

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2021). Economic Freedom and Antisemitism. Journal of Institutional Economics, 14(2): 289-304.

Fischer, M., Gerdtham, U.G., Heckley, G., Karlsson, M., Kjelsson, G. and Nilsson, T. (2020). Education and health: long-run effects of peers, tracking and years. Economic Policy, forthcoming.

Gouveia, F., Nilsson, T. and  Berggren, N (2020). Religiosity and Discrimination against Same-Sex Couples: The Case of Portugal’s Rental Market. Journal of Housing Economics, 50(December):101729. 

Fischer, M., Karlsson, M., Nilsson, T. and Schwarz, N. (2020). The Long-Term Effects of Long Terms – Compulsory Schooling Reforms in Sweden. Journal of European Economic Association, 18(6):2776-2823.

Dackehag, M, Ellegård E, Gerdtham, U, and Nilsson, T. (2019). Social assistance and mental health: evidence from longitudinal administrative data on pharmaceutical consumption. Applied Economics, 52 (20), 2165-2177.

Berggren, N., Ljunge, M. and Nilsson, T. (2019). Roots of Tolerance among Second-generation Immigrants. Journal of Institutional Economics, 15(6): 999-1016.

Nilsson, T., Bergh, A. and Mirkina, I. (2019). Can social spending cushion the inequality effect of globalization?. Economics & Politics, 34(1), 104-142.

Dackehag, M., Ellegård, L. M., Gerdtham, U. G. and Nilsson, T. (2018). Debt and mental health: new insights about the relationship and the importance of the measure of mental health. European journal of public health, 29(3), 488-493.

Bhalotra, S., Karlsson, M. and Nilsson, T. (2017), Infant Health and Longevity: Evidence from A Historical Intervention in Sweden. Journal of European Economic Association, Vol 15(5), 1101-1157. Link

Berggren, N., Bjørnskov, C. and Nilsson, T. (2018), Do Equal Rights for a Minority Affect General Life Satisfaction? Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol 19(5), 1465-1483. Link.

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2016), Tolerance in the United States: Does economic freedom transform racial, religious, political and sexual attitudes?, European Journal of Political Economy, Vol 45, 53-70. Link.

Berggren, N., Bjørnskov, C. and Nilsson, T. (2016), What Aspects of Society Matter for the Quality of Life of a Minority? Global Evidence from the New Gay Happiness Index, Social Indicators Research, Vol 132(3), 1163-1192. Link.

Bergh, A., Mirkina, I. and Nilsson, T. (2015), Do the poor benefit from globalization regardless of institutional quality?, Applied Economic Letters, Vol 23(10), 708-712. Link.

Welander, A., Lyttkens, CH. and Nilsson, T. (2015). Globalization, Democracy, and Child Health in Developing Countries, Social Science & Medicine, Vol 136-137, 52-63. Link.

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2015). Globalization and the transmission of social values: The case of tolerance, Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol 43, 371-389. Link.

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2014). Market institutions bring tolerance, especially where there is social trust, Applied Economic Letters, Vol 21(17): 1234-1237. Link

Bergh, A. and Nilsson, T. (2014). Is Globalization Reducing Absolute Poverty?, World Development, Vol 62(10), 42-61. Link.

Karlsson, M., Nilsson, T. and Pichler, S. (2014). The Impact of the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic on Economic Performance in Sweden - An Investigation into the Consequences of an Extraordinary Mortality Shock, Journal of Health Economics, Vol 36, 1-19. Link.

Bergh, A, Mirkina, I. and Nilsson, T. (2014). Globalization and institutional quality - a panel data analysis, Oxford Development Studies, 42(3), 365-394. Link.

Bergh, A. and Nilsson, T. (2014). When more poor means less poverty: On income inequality and purchasing power, Southern Economic Journal, Vol 81(1), 232-246. Link.

Fischer, M., Karlsson, M. and Nilsson, T. (2013). Effects of Compulsory Schooling on Mortality: Evidence from Sweden, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), 10(8), 3596-3618. Link.

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2013). Does economic freedom foster tolerance?, Kyklos, 66(2), 177-207. Link.

Bergh, A. and Nilsson, T. (2010). Good for Living? On the relationship between globalization and life expectancy, World Development, Vol 38(9), 1191-1203. Link.

Bergh, A. and Nilsson, T. (2010). Do liberalization and globalization increase income inequality? European Journal of Political Economy, Vol 26(4), 488-505. Link.

Karlsson, M., Nilsson, T., Lyttkens, C.H. and Leeson, G. (2010). Income Inequality and Health: Importance of a Cross-country Perspective, Social Science & Medicine, Vol 70, 875-885. Link.

Karlsson, M, Nilsson, T, and Lyttkens, C.H (2010). Health, Happiness, Inequality, Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, Vol 10(1), 497-500. Link

Nilsson, T. (2010). Health, Wealth and Wisdom - Exploring Multidimensional Inequality in a Developing Country, Social Indicators Research, Vol. 95(2), 299-323. Link.


Books and Chapters in books

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2020), Economic Freedom as a Driver of Trust and Tolerance – In Economic Freedom of the World 2020 Annual Report, edited by Gwartney et al. Vancouver: Fraser Institute: 187-211.

Bergh, A., Nilsson, T. and Waldenström, D. (2016), Sick of inequality? An introduction to the relationship between inequality and health, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK. Link

Nilsson, T. and Bergh, A. (2014) Income Inequality, Health and Development - In Search of a Pattern, Research on Economic Inequality Volume 21: Health and Inequality, edited by Pedro Rosa Dias, and Owen O’Donnell, Emerald.

Bergh, A., Nilsson, T. and Waldenström, D. (2012), Blir vi sjuka av inkomstskillnader? En introduktion till sambanden mellan inkomst ojämlikhet och hälsa, Studentlitteratur: Lund 2012. Link

Nilsson, T (2013), Multidimensional inequality in Zambia, Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, Springer 2013. 



Nilsson, T. (2009), Inequality, Globalization and Health, Lund Economic Studies No. 157


Articles without peer review

Nilsson, T (2019). "Ojämlikhet i sinnet: Richard Wilkinson och Kate Pickett: Den inre ojämlikheten – hur mer jämlika samhällen minskar stress, förbättrar hälsan och ökar allas välbefinnande", Ekonomisk debatt 47(8): Bokrecension

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2014). "Sex reflexioner om ojämlikhet", Ekonomisk Debatt, 42(7): Ledare. Link.

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2014).  "Nationalekonomers politiska relevans", Ekonomisk Debatt 42(4): Ledare. Link.

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2014). "Påvens ekonomiska snedsteg", Ekonomisk Debatt, 42(1): Ledare. Link.

Berggren, N. and Nilsson, T. (2013)."Lärdomar av en jubilar".  Ekonomisk Debatt, 41(4): Ledare. Link.

Karlsson, M, Nilsson T. and Pichler, S. (2013). "Effekten av spanska sjukan på ekonomiska utfall i Sverige", Ekonomisk Debatt 41(1). Link.

Nilsson, T. (2013)."Vi behöver mer kunskap kring hur biståndet ska utformas" , Ekonomisk Debatt, 41(2), 3-4. Ledare. Link.

Nilsson, T. (2013). ”Nya spelregler för tredje uppgiften”, Ekonomisk Debatt, 41(7), 3-4. Ledare. Link.

Nilsson, T. and Waldenström, D.  (2011), "Hur kan ojämlikhetens hälsoeffekter identifieras?", Ekonomisk Debatt 39(4), 6–18. Link.


IFN Newsletter

"Healthcare for newborns has long-term benefits" IFN Newsletter 2-2016.


Therese Nilsson


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Therese Nilsson has a PhD in economics (2009). She is affiliated with IFN and Lund University. Therese has international collaborations with researchers at European universities and is also an examiner at the Trade Policy Training Institute in Africa (trapca), in Tanzania. 

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