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 studies human capital formation using steam engines; and one that re-estimates 600 years of real wages in England. I also organise the Sound Workshop and the WEast Workshop.