Per Pettersson-Lidbom, Professor

Stockholm University Department of Economics SE-106 91 Stockholm Sweden


Short presentation

Per Pettersson-Lidbom completed his Ph.D. in Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockolm University, in 2000 and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), during 2001-2002. His research is focused on political economics, public finance, and labor economics and it is empirically oriented.He has received an ERC consolidator grant of 1.2m euros for a five-year period starting in 2014.


  • Political economics
  • Public finance
  • Labor economics
  • Applied econometrics and evaluation methods


"Democracy, Redistribution, and Political Participation: Evidence from Sweden 1919-1938" (with Björn Tyrefors), Econometrica,Volume 82, Issue 3, 961-993, 2014. " Web Appendix" and " First working paper version (2007)

Temporary Disability Insurance and Labor Supply: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," (with Peter Skogman Thoursie), Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Volume 115, Issue 2, 485-507, 2013.

"Does the Size of the Legislature Affect the Size of Government: Evidence from Two Natural Experiments," Journal of Public Economics,Volume 96, Issues 3–4, 269-278, 2012. First working paper version (2001).

Dynamic Commitment and the Soft Budget Constraint: An Empirical Test," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2(3): 154–179, 2010.

"Behavior under Social Pressure: Empty Italian Stadiums and Referee Bias," (with Mikael Priks) Economics Letters, 108: 212-214, 2010.

"Do Parties Matter for Economic Outcomes: A Regression-Discontinuity Approach," Journal of the European Economic Association, Volume 6, Issue 5: 1037–1056, 2008. First working paper version (2001).

An Empirical Investigation of the Strategic Use of Debt," Journal of Political Economy, 109: 570-584, 2001.