I am a post-doctoral researcher and assistant professor in economic and social history. My research interests include quantitative methods, the measurement of wellbeing, public services, and the link between family organisation and economic development.

My PhD thesis is on the provision of public services in the late-medieval period. You can find it here. This working paper and this forthcoming EHR article give an overview of this line of work.
I'm also doing post-doctoral research in the Agency Project. Specifically, I'm working on global datasets on family systemshistorical wellbeing measurement, and the historical determinants of gender equality.
I am also involved in the Clariah-project.
Strategic themes / Focus areas
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All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Carmichael, S.G. & Rijpma, A. (08.02.2017). Blood is Thicker than Water: - Geography and the Dispersal of Family Characteristics Across the Globle. Cross-Cultural Research, 51 (2), (pp. 142-171).
Stegeman, Hans, Badir, Martijn, Rijpma, A. & Moatsos, M. (16.01.2017). Een indicator voor bredere welvaart voor Nederland. ESB
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Carmichael, S.G. & Rijpma, A. (08.03.2016). Testing Todd and Matching Murdock - Global Data on Historical Family Characteristics. Economic History of Developing Regions, 31 (1), (pp. 10-46).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Carmichael, Sarah, Dilli, Selin & Rijpma, Auke (2015). Women in Global Economic History. A History of the Global Economy: From 1500 to the Present Cambridge: University Press.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Rijpma, Auke (2014). A composite view of well-being since 1820. How was life: global well-being since 1820 (pp. 249-269) (21 p.). OECD Publishing.
Dilli, S., Rijpma, A. & Carmichael, S. G. (2014). Achieving gender equality: development versus historical legacies. CESifo Economic Studies (34 p.).
Carmichael, Sarah, Dilli, Selin & Rijpma, Auke (02.10.2014). Gender Inequality since 1820. In Auke Rijpma, Jan Luiten van Zanden, Marcel Timmer, Joerg Baten, Marco Mira d'Ercole & Conal Smith (Eds.), How Was Life? Global Well-being since 1820 (pp. 217-248). OECD Publishing.
van Zanden, Jan Luiten, Baten, Joerg, Mira d’Ercole, Marco, Rijpma, Auke, Smith, Conal & Timmer, Marcel (2014). Global well-being since 1820. In Jan Luiten van Zanden, Joerg Baten, Marco Mira d'Ercole, Auke Rijpma, Conal Smith & Marcel Timmer (Eds.), How Was Life? Global Well-being since 1820 (pp. 23-36). OECD Publishing.
van Zanden, Jan Luiten, Baten, Joerg, Mira d’Ercole, Marco, Rijpma, Auke, Smith, Conal & Timmer, Marcel (2014). How Was Life? Global Well-being since 1820. (272 p.). OECD Publishing.
  2014 - Other output
Carmichael, Sarah, Rijpma, Auke & van der Vleuten, Lotte (2014). Child Quantity versus Quality: - Household structure, number of siblings, and educational attainment in the long nineteenth century.
A. Rijpma (15.09.2014). Conference of the International Society for Quality-Of-Life Studies.
  2013 - Other output
Carmichael, S.G., Rijpma, A. & Dilli, S.D. (30.09.2013). Development Versus Legacy: The Relative Role of Development and Historical Legacies in Achieving Gender Equality. CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4411.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
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CLARIAH - Structured Data Hub
01.01.2015 to 31.12.2019
General project description 

As part of the large-scale CLARIAH project, the Structured Data Hub aims to connect and provide access to structured datasets containing socio-economic and demographic data. The project will also enable the visualisation and analysis of these data, in order to help find answers to important questions about inequality in the world and about historical demography.

CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) is a consortium of over 40 partners – including all Dutch humanities research institutes, university libraries, heritage institutions, public organisations and businesses – which develops tools for the humanities, in order to facilitate the use of the increasingly large amounts of available digital data.

For more information, see the CLARIAH website.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant: NWO Roadmap Large-scale Research Facilities
Project members UU

Completed projects

Clio Infra - Research Infrastructure for the study of Global Inequality 01.01.2011 to 31.12.2015
General project description

In the Clio Infra project, various institutes and scientists are working together to answer questions surrounding global economic growth and inequality. To answer these questions they need information about causes and patterns of economic development, which is why the Clio Infra project is aimed at collecting and sharing data sets on the most important indicators of economic development. This data can be used to explain how and why global inequality came into existence and how it has developed.

For more information, see the project website.

For more information about the thematic data hubs that are part of the larger Clio Infra framework, have a look at the Clio Infra hubs page at the Centre for Global Economic History.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
Agency, Gender, and Economic Development in the World Economy 1850-2000 01.10.2011 to 01.10.2015
General project description

Does economic development contribute to and result in more ‘agency’, the power of individuals to decide for themselves? And is the reverse also true? Can we find a link between historical developments (e.g. the advent of literacy) and institutions (laws, family forms, political systems) which promoted agency and the actual economic developments in the various countries of the world? These questions are central in this research project.

Nobel Prize laureate Amartya Sen (1999) already argued that the ‘freedom’ to realize one’s potential is a major determinant and contributing factor of economic development. A crucial factor in this respect is ‘human capital formation’: education will increase the agency of people - enhance their possibilities to shape their own lives – and is at the same time an essential ingredient of economic development. We aim to study these interrelationships in depth, with a specific focus on gender. Given the crucial role of women in socialization (producing human capital of the new generation), we will look closely at (institutions creating) gender differences in agency.

Thus, we study the interaction between agency and economic development at two, interrelated levels: at the micro level of household and family formation (are men and women allowed and able to make their own choices in this respect, or are – for example – marriages arranged?) and at the macrolevel of the state (are people allowed and able to be involved in the political decision making process?). We have developed innovative ways to measure these variables on a global scale. This will allow us to contribute significantly to the important debates among social scientist and historians about these links. Moreover, we think that adding the dimension of gender will deepen the analysis of these relationships.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
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