The HINDI research project is an ERC funded research project on the historical dynamics of industrialization of Northwestern Europe and China, supervised by dr. Bas van Leeuwen. Hosted by the International Institute of Social History (IISH) and the University of Utrecht (UU), the research group aims at contributing to the academic debates about the Industrial Revolution, the Great Divergence and de-industrialization, by constructing new datasets and publications about the European and Chinese manufacturing sector during 1820 - 2010. Read More


ANNOUNCEMENT: HINDI TEAM WON THE SIR TIMOTHY COGHLAN PRIZE FOR BEST PAPER IN AEHR IN 2017

Our research article on Chinese historical GDP has been awarded by the Sir Timothy Coghlan Prize for the best paper published in Australian Economic History Review (AEHR) in 2017. This was a historical breakthrough for Chinese academics, as for the first time researchers from China won a best paper prize in one of the larger international economic history journals.  Read More


ANNOUNCEMENT: WORKSHOP ON LONG-RUN REGIONAL
INDUSTRIALIZATION (22 - 23 MARCH 2018, AMSTERDAM)

The HINDI research group, in collaboration with the International Institute of Social History (IISH), will be organizing at Thu-Fri 22-23 March 2018 a workshop on the economic geography of long-run industrialization (approx. 1800 - 2010) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The aim of this workshop will be to bring together economists, economic historians, and economic geographers with an academic interest in both the quantitative long-run regional process of industrialization, as well as the empirical and political conclusions one can derive from it. Read More


NEW PUBLICATION: AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN QING CHINA, A QUANTITIVE STUDY (1661 - 1911)

In Agricultural Development in Qing China: A Quantitative Study, 1661-1911 Shi Zhihong (Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) offers for the first time an overview of agricultural development in Qing China in the English language. Being by far the largest sector in one of the largest economies in the world, understanding its development is crucial not only for agricultural studies, but also to advance economic debates such as on the Great Divergence. Read More