Economic growth and inequality. Explaining divergent growth paths in pre-industrial Europe (late Middle Ages – 19th century)

01 January 2015 → 31 December 2022
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Medieval history
  • Social sciences
    • Economic history
economic growth inequality Economics economic history 16th Century 17th Century 18th Century 19th Century Middle Ages Comparative Quantitative Belgium Central Europe Northern Europe Eastern Europe Western Europe Southern Europe History
Project description

This proposal aims to give a new impulse to the stronger tendency in social and economic research to look at the past in order to deal with contemporary questions of unequal economic growth and prosperity. We will study the mechanisms behind the diverging growth paths in medieval and early modern Europe, which are at the basis of the current global economic model. Four test areas will be studied in a comparative way.