• HHB welcomes Guido Alfani - Associate Professor at Bocconi University, Italy - as a HHB Fellow.

    He is chief editor of the journal Popolazione e Storia and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History and of Genus. He is also the organizer of the international scientific networks EI-Net (Economic Inequality Network) and, together with Vincent Gourdon, Patrinus.

    An economic and social historian and an historical demographer, he published extensively on Early Modern Italy and Europe, specialising in economic inequality, in the history of epidemics and famines, and in social alliance systems. He is the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded research project EINITE-Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800, whose aim is to reconstruct long-term trends in wealth and income inequality in different areas of the continent. His recent publications include Calamities and the Economy in Renaissance Italy (Palgrave, 2013) and Economic Inequality in Northwestern Italy: A Long-Term View (Fourteenth to Eighteenth Centuries), The Journal of Economic History (2015, forthcoming).

  • Prof. Giovanni Vecchi has presented the HHB Project at the European Historical Economics Society Conference 2015, hosted in Pisa on September 4-5.

    The presentation has taken place on September 5, during the session Inequality II, on the theme of Living standards, inequality and poverty around the world, 1815-2015: a new household budget approach.

  • HHB welcomes Corinne Boter - third-year PhD-student at Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands - among the HHB Researchers.

    Corinne studied socio-economic history in Amsterdam, where she specialized in Dutch, early modern history. Together with two other researchers, she is currently working on the project ‘Industriousness in an imperial economy. Interactions of households’ work patterns, time allocation and consumption in the Netherlands and the Netherlands-Indies, 1815-1940’. Her individual research concerns the transition to a male breadwinner society in the Netherlands during the nineteenth century. She is especially interested in changes in household labour allocation with a specific focus on women’s work.


  • HHB welcomes Daniel Hoyer - post-doctoral researcher at the Evolution Institute and the University of Oxford - among the HHB Fellows.

    Dan received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2014 with a dissertation entitled Buying a Province, Building an Empire: Money, Markets, and Growth in Roman Africa from Augustus to Aurelian on the economic and financial development of the western Roman Empire. He currently holds a postdoctoral position working with Dr. Peter Turchin on the Deep Roots of the Modern World, part of the SESHAT: Global History Databank Project, a large-scale, interdisciplinary and comparative project hosted by the Evolution Institute and the University of Oxford. His postdoctoral work focuses on determining the institutional features and structures which underpin economic performance and the provision of public goods in these different places and times.

  • HHB welcomes Jan Luiten van Zanden - professor of Global Economic History at Utrecht University, Netherlands - among the members of the HHB Advisory Board.

    Jan Luiten van Zanden studied history and economics at the Free University. In 1985 he completed his PhD thesis on Dutch agriculture in the nineteenth century. In 1987 he was appointed professor at the Free University, and in 1992 he received a similar appointment at Utrecht University. At present, Jan Luiten van Zanden is professor in economic history at Utrecht University and senior researcher at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. He has published widely about economic development in Western Europe and Indonesia. In 2003 he was awarded the Spinoza-premium, the highest distinction in the academic world of the Netherlands.

    In 1998 Van Zanden was elected general secretary by the International Economic History Association, the most important organization of economic historians world-wide. In 1997 he was appointed a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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