Why are some societies able to cooperate whereas others fail to do so? Which are the rules and norms sustaining cooperation in human groups over the long run? How past trajectories of cooperation and conflict relate to present day outcomes? What is their impact on the economic and political realms? Why may an inclusive community turn into an exclusive one? These questions (as well as others related to social capital, collective action, decentralization and self-governance) are the ones Miguel is currently intrigued by.

Originally from Zaragoza, Spain, Miguel's basic training is in economics, business and law (Zaragoza), with further specializations in political economy and development (LSE) and economic history (Utrecht). In October 2011 he joined the ERC Project 'United We Stand' as PhD candidate. He is currently studying the emergence and long-term dynamics of corporate collective action in pre-industrial Europe. His research interests relate to economic history, political economy and economic development, with a focus on the interplay between institutions and societal outcomes in the very long run.

'“United We Stand”. The Dynamics and Consequences of Institutions for Collective Action in Pre-Industrial Europe'
Strategic themes / Focus areas
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Curriculum vitae
From October 2011. PhD. Candidate, Department of History, Utrecht University.
2009 – 2010. MSc. Political Economy of Late Development (with Distinction), Economic History - International Development Departments, London School of Economics and Political Science.
2002 – 2009. BA. Law, University of Zaragoza, Spain.
2002 – 2009. BSc. Business Studies and Management, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Academic Awards:
2014 Fundación Ramón Areces Grant for Postgraduate Studies in Social Sciences in Foreign Universities

2009 Fundación Caja Madrid Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Foreign Universities

2001 BBVA Scholarship to participate in Ruta Quetzal 2001 – Expedition to Ecuador and Peru.
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All publications
  2016 - Scholarly publications
De Moor, M., Lana Berasaín, José Miguel, Laborda Peman, M., van Weeren, R. & Winchester, Angus (2016). Ruling the commons. Introducing a new methodology for the analysis of historical commons. International Journal of the Commons, 10 (2), (pp. 529-588) (60 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Laborda Peman, M. & De Moor, T. (2013). A tale of two commons. Some preliminary hypotheses on the long-term development of the commons in Western and Eastern Europe, 11th-19th centuries. The International Journal of the Commons, 7 (1), (pp. 7-33) (27 p.).
  2012 - Other output
M. Laborda Peman (29.11.2012) Organizer
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Laborda-Pemán, Miguel & Salas-Fumás, Vicente (2010). ¿Qué nos dicen el tamaño y la internacionalización de las empresas sobre los factores de desarrollo empresarial en España?. Economía Industrial, 375, (pp. 41-51).
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Completed projects

United we Stand. Dynamics and Consequences of Institutions for collective action in pre-industrial Europe 01.02.2010 to 30.06.2014
General project description

Europe’s economic development in the centuries leading up to the Industrial Revolution continues to fascinate scholars. In recent debates, institutionalised forms of collective action have been put forward as a key feature of Europe’s precocious development. This project examines that connection between institutions and economic development in detail. It also harks back to the origins of such institutions, teasing out the impact of changing family patterns that emerged in Western Europe in the late Middle Ages, which are often described as 'the European Marriage Pattern'.

Together with such factors as the absence of a strong state and a helpful legal framework, the weakening of family relations may have created opportunities for other, non-kin social organisations to emerge, explaining the strength of institutions for collective action in this part of the world. Interactions between economic growth, marriage patterns and collective action institutions will be examined on several levels.
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Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: European Research Council Starting Grant of € 1.2 million, awarded to Tine De Moor
Project members UU
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