Centre for Global Economic History at Utrecht University

The Centre for Global Economic History (CGEH) is the platform for pioneering research into the long term evolution of the world economy and its components at Utrecht University. The key themes of research are institutions, economic growth and inequality – and one of the main objectives is to attempt to quantify the long term changes in the world economy in order to more carefully test theories from social sciences about the causes behind the wealth and poverty of nations. Click here for our mission statement.

Activities include:

  • seminars on global economic history every two weeks on Thursdays in Utrecht;
  • conferences on important new themes in this field, including the XVth World Economic History Congress (2009), involvement in the XVIth WEHC (2012) Stellenbosch and the WEHC in Kyoto (2015). Programmes and papers from previous conferences can be found here;
  • various project on the collection and standardization of large datasets on global economic development, amongst others the research-infrastructure project CLIO INFRA;
  • the Brill series on Global Economic History, edited by Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten van Zanden;
  • a series of working papers on global economic history;

This website also acts as a host for a number of project hubs: Early EconomiesHuman Capital, Eastern European Economic History, Corporate Networks and Institutions.

The CGEH is linked to the Global Economic History Network (GEHN) organized by Patrick O’Brien (LSE). The organizing committee consists of: Bas van Bavel, Sarah CarmichaelTine De Moor, Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten van Zanden (chair).

On the 17th of June 2011 the official launch of the CGEH was held at the Fundatie van Renswoude in Utrecht. The theme of the half day conference to mark the occasion was What Drives Development? Economic History meets Development Economics. Click here for the programme.

For questions, comments or feedback related to the website please send an email to cgeh@uu.nl