I am a historical social scientist of work and wellbeing. I have a DPhil in Economic History from the University of Oxford, where my thesis analyzed the impact of technological change on work from 1750–1910 using the first index of historical job quality. My previous research analyzed living standards and the incentives for innovation in the British Industrial Revolution.
As a member of the OsloMet Centre for Research on Pandemics and Society (PANSOC), I am researching the effects of the 1918–20 influenza pandemic and COVID-19 on work-related wellbeing. My other projects include further historical investigations of job quality and technological unemployment.
Humphries, Jane; Schneider, Benjamin (2021). Gender equality, growth, and how a technological trap destroyed female work. Economic History of Developing Regions .
Humphries, Jane; Schneider, Benjamin (2020). Losing the thread: a response to Robert Allen. The Economic History Review .
Humphries, Jane; Schneider, Benjamin (2019). Spinning the industrial revolution. The Economic History Review .
Schneider, Benjamin (2022). Technological Change and the Division of Labor: Opportunity and Inequality in the Industrial Revolution. Business History Seminar. BI Center for Business History.
Schneider, Benjamin (2020). Review of Adrian Green and Barbara Crosbie, eds., Economy and culture in north-east England, 1500–1800. The Economic History Review .