“The Deep Causes of Economic Development”

Location: Raadzaal, Achter St Pieter 200 (Pietershof)

Thursday 18th of December

9:00 – 10.45

Introduction: Agency team

Women’s agency in historical family systems 

Jan Kok

The rise of deep determinants

Robbert Maseland

Commentator: Tine De Moor

11.00 – 13.30

Keynote Paola Guiliano

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.00


The Social Cost of too Many Wives: Sexual Activity, HIV, and the Demographic Change Following the Slave Trade

Arcangelo Dimico and Graziella Bertocchi

The Impact of Colonialism on Family Structure in Africa:  Evidence from the Ethnographic Atlas

Morgan Henderson  and Warren C. Whatley

Commentator:  Erwin Bulte


South America

The Mission: Economic Persistence, Human Capital Transmission and Culture in South America

Felipe Valencia Caicedo


Migration, Population Composition and Long-run Economic Development: Evidence from

Settlements in the Pampas

Federico Droller

Commentator:  TBA


Friday 19th of December





Development Policies and Childlessness in Emerging Countries

Thomas Baudin David de la Croix Paula Gobbi

Does Gender Equality Promote Social Trust? An Empirical Analysis

Seo-Young Cho

Universal Suffrage, International Conventions and Gender Empowerment

Alfonso Díez Minguela


Commentator:  Peter Foldvari

11.30 -13.45


Textiles and the Emergence of Gender Equality in China

Melanie Meng Xue

Women, Work and the Family in South East Asia, 1850-2000.

Anne Booth

India Paper

Sarah Carmichael, Selin Dilli and Lotte van der Vleuten

Commentator: Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk

13.45 – 14.45 – Lunch


Dissecting the Act of God: An Exploration of the Effect of Religion on Economic Activity

Jean-Francois Carpantier Anastasia Litina

The development of growth-enhancing institutions in an early-stage agricultural society

K. Bruns, M. Sanders 


Individual consent in marriage. 

Lena Edlund


Commentator: Bas van Bavel

Saturday 20Th of December


Gender and numeracy: quantifying human capital accumulation in nineteenth-century Ireland

Matthias Blum, Christopher Colvin, Laura McAtackney and Eoin McLaughlin

Clio’s Role for Economic Growth: New Findings on the Quantity-Quality Trade-off in 19th Century France.

Claude Diebolt & Faustine Perrin.

The Long Term Determinants of Development and Wellbeing: Family Systems and Female Agency in the World System, 1900-2000

Selin Dilli and Jan Luiten van Zanden

Commentator: Maarten Prak


This conference Is made possible by the research programme “Agency, Gender and Economic Development in the World Economy, 1850-2000” [nr. 360-53-150] which is financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).