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Stefania Galli


Stefania Galli

Room number: 620
Postal Address: Box 625, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13 plan 6 , 41125 Göteborg

Economic History at Department of Economy and Society (More Information)
Box 625
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13 , 411 25 Göteborg

About Stefania Galli

My research interests lie in the fields of social and economic inequality, institutions and development in developing countries. 

My current research delves into long-terms inequality in a Caribbean slave plantation society. The project examines the persistence of wealth over the long-run and across some major institutional breaks, i.e. slave trade abolition and emancipation. The aim of the project is to assess whether slave plantation societies were actually more unequal than settler colonies as often claimed by scholars, despite very little evidence to support the claim. 

My PhD dissertation studied the connection between social stratification, ideals and institutions in a black settler colony in the early nineteenth century. The major claim of the dissertation is that institutions, and consequently inequality, are neither the deterministic outcome of factor endowment nor are they the result of the settlement process in itself. Rather, I find that institutions can be heavily shaped by ideals and ideas to a much larger extent than so far argued in the scholarly debate.

I previously dealt with the effect of trade liberalization on GDP growth in post-colonial sub-Saharan Africa and on wage compensation or European skilled workers relocating to Africa in the late 18th century. 



On other web sites

Research areas

  • Institutions adn Colonialism
  • Social and Economic Inequality
  • Gender and occupational patterns
  • Trade and Development

Research in progress

  • Reversal of fortune or persistence of wealth? Institutions and wealth inequality in a Caribbean plantation economy, 1750s to 1917, Jan/19 - Dec/22

Teaching areas

  • GM1210 - International Business and Trade. 7.5 Credits - Master level (former GM0105)
  • EHG641 - Scandinavian Modern Economic History. 7.5 Credits - Bachelor level
  • GM0512 - Research Methods - Computer Lab. assistant. 7.5 Credits - Master level
  • EHG016 - The Swedish Model and Equality: Family Policy and Gender Relations. 7.5 Credits - Bachelor level
  • EHG301 - Counting the Past. 7.5 Credits - Bachelor level

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The occupational structure of a peculiar colony: Sierra Leone in 1831
Stefania Galli
XVIII World Economic History Conference, Boston, USA, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Yes I do – Marriage patterns in a colony in transition
Stefania Galli
13th African Economic History Conference, 12th-13th October 2018 Bologna , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution


Land Inequality in an Egalitarian Utopia: the case of Sierra Leone in the early 19th century
Stefania Galli, Klas Rönnbäck
European Economic History Society Conference, Tuebingen, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution


Colonial Institutions and Pre-Industrial Inequality: rural Sierra Leone in 1831, the most equal society of its time
Klas Rönnbäck, Stefania Galli
6th African Economic History Network Meeting , Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

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