Economic and Social History Seminar
Seminar dr. James A. Robinson. Photographer: Bas van Hattum
ESH Seminar with James Robinson (1 September 2014)

The Economic and Social History research group of Utrecht University annually organises two series of seminars, one in spring and one in fall. Papers on a range of different topics related to economic and social history, from antiquity to recent times, are presented by scholars from within and outside the Netherlands.

The papers that will be presented during the seminars can be downloaded approximately one week in advance. All seminars start at 12.00 and will continue until 13.30. The programme of the most recent seminar series can be found below, previous presentations can be found in the archive.


Please send an e-mail to if you would like to attend one of the seminars. 

Raj Brown (Royal Holloway, University of London)

21 September 2017
Stijlkamer, Janskerkhof 13

The state, contested land and Islamic philanthropy in the shadow of sectarianism in Bahrain 1860-2016

David Chilosi (LSE/ Groningen University)

28 September 2017
Ravensteynzaal, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80

Terms of trade during the first globalization: an empirical analysis (with Giovanni Federico and Antonio Tena-Jungito)

No seminar

5 October 2017

Daniel Raff (The Wharton School/ NBER)

12 October 2017
Ravensteynzaal, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80

Value creation, value capture, and the Book-of-the-Month Club, in its own time and in the time of Amazon

Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (UU)

19 October 2017
Stijlkamer, Janskerkhof 13

Living standards, family labour and consumption in the Dutch Empire, ca. 1900-1940: The Netherlands and Java compared (with Corinne Boter)

No seminar

26 October 2017

Kerstin Enflo (Lund University)

2 November 2017
Stijlkamer, Janskerkhof 13

Can kings create towns that thrive? Long run consequences of town plantations on urbanization and agricultural surplus

Selin Dilli (UU)

9 November 2017
Stijlkamer, Janskerkhof 13

The diversity of labor market institutions and entrepreneurship in Europe and the United States: past and present

Josje Schnitzeler (UU)

16 November 2017
Maarten Prak Polderkamer (Drift 6, 0.07)

Private money, public oversight. Orphan chambers of Holland in a European context

Stephanie Mawson (University of Cambridge)

23 November 2017
Stijlkamer, Janskerkhof 13

Slavery, labour and debt servitude in the seventeenth-century Spanish Philippines

Johan Fourie and Tim Ngalande (Stellenbosch University)

30 November 2017
Stijlkamer, Janskerkhof 13

The Great Depression in Africa

Jutta Bolt (Groningen University)

7 December 2017
Stijlkamer, Janskerkhof 13

Legacies of indirect rule? Native authority spending and local economic development in British Africa (with Leigh Gardner)

Richard Zijdeman and Auke Rijpma (IISH/ UU)

14 December 2017 (12:45-14:15 hours)
Stijlkamer, Janskerkhof 13

Female labour force participation of married women: the United States, 1860-2010

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