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Herman de Jong appointed Professor of Economic History

04 July 2012
Herman de Jong
Herman de Jong

On 1 June 2012, Dr H.J. (Herman) de Jong was appointed Professor of Economic History by the department of Economics, Econometrics & Finance of the Faculty of Economics and Business. The chair in Economic History focuses on explaining economic developments in the past in relation to changes in society. It is a strongly interdisciplinary field which combines theories and research from the social sciences, economics and the humanities to model and quantify economic phenomena.


International top journals in the field regularly publish articles by De Jong on themes such as the economic depression of the 1930s and the effects of technological developments on economic development. He has acquired Dutch and European research funds for many of his projects, including a recent NWO grant of more than EUR 500,000 for a project on the role that technology and innovation played in the shift in the world’s economic leadership from Europe to the United States in the first half of the twentieth century.

Maddison project

In addition, De Jong is actively involved in the NWO-funded investment project Clio-Infra, which aims to gather and standardize worldwide economic, sociopolitical and demographic data from 1500 to 2010. One component of this is the Maddison project, which collects economic historical data about countries worldwide and over many centuries to model and analyse the growth and stagnation of countries and continents. A next step will be to further expand the concept of wealth and take other factors into account alongside production and income, for example the increased amount of leisure time, increased life expectancy and resource depletion.

Curriculum Vitae

Herman de Jong (1958) studied history in Groningen and went on to work as a researcher for NAM (the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij). In 1999 he gained his PhD at the Faculty of Economics with a thesis on the effect of the two World Wars and the 1930s crisis on Dutch industry. From 2004 to 2009 he was scientific director of the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the Dutch-Flemish research school for economic and social history.

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