JACOB LOUIS WEISDORF

Economic Historian



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I am a professor of economics at the University of Southern Denmark, a research fellow at the CEPR in London, a research associate of the CAGE in Warwick, and a research affiliate at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. I have a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen and one in economic history from Lund University. My research interests concern the forces that led to the wealth of nations. My studies consider England (the cradle of the industrial revolution), Italy (an industrial runner-up), and sub-Saharan Africa (a still-to-come region). I currently work on a project that investigates the impact of colonialism on gender inequality using historical marriage data from Africa; one that explores the labour market causes and consequences of technological progress using French 19th-century steam engines; and one that estimates the labour inputs of women and children across six centuries of English history. I also organise the Sound Workshop and the WEast Workshop.