Report: Workshop Economic Geography of Industrialization

The HINDI research group, in collaboration with the International Institute of Social History (IISH) organized at Thu-Fri 22-23 March 2018 a workshop on the economic geography of long-run industrialization (approx. 1800 – 2010) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Here, economists, economic historians, and economic geographers discussed the quantitative long-run regional process of industrialization, as well as the empirical and political conclusions one can derive from it. Below, preliminary versions of the papers can be found, which are expected to be bundled in an edited volume. For the people seeking more information, are advised to contact the organizers Bas van Leeuwen and Robin Philips via the contact form.



STRUCTURE OF THE WORKSHOP/VOLUME

Part 1: Regional Industrialization in Western Europe
Sebastian Keibek (Cambridge University) and Leigh Shaw-Taylor (Cambridge University): The regional foundations on which the world’s first industrial nation was built. abstract paper
Robin Philips (IISH) and Erik Buyst (University of Leuven): Local and regional industrial development in the Low Countries, 1820 – 2010. abstract paper
Part 2: Regional Industrialization in the Eurasian Periphery
Stefan Nikolić (University of Groningen) and Leonard Kukić (London School of Economics): Regional industrialization of Yugoslavia in the long-run. abstract paper **
Anna Missiaia (Lund University): Old patterns die Hard: regional aspects of Italian industrialization in the long run. abstract paper
Erdem Kabadayı (Koç University). Long term regional dynamics of industrialization, from the late Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey in the twentieth century, 1850-2000. abstract paper
Part 3: Regional Industrialization in Asia
Xu Yi (Guangxi Normal University / IISH), Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Lin Wang (Guangxi Normal University) and Zhihua Tang (Guangxi Normal University). Regional industrial development along the Yangtze and Zhujiang rivers, ca. 1914-2004. abstract paper
Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Jieli Li (IISH) and Zipeng Zhang (Utrecht University): regional industrialization in the basic metals sector in China (1850-2010). paper
Jean-Pascal Bassino (University of Lyon), Kyoji Fukao (Hitotsubashi University) and Tokihiko Settsu (Musashi University): The economic geography of Japanese industrialization (1800-2010). abstract paper
Part 4: A Thematic View on Regional Industrialization
Stijn Ronsse (Ghent University) and Glenn Rayp (Ghent University): The use of the Midelfarth-Knarvik model to study determinants of historical industrial locations. abstract paper
Robin Philips (IISH), Wouter Ronsijn (Ghent University) and Eric Vanhaute (Ghent University): Shifts from proto-industrialization to industrialization. abstract paper
Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Peter Foldvari (University of Amsterdam), Robin Philips (IISH) and Meimei Wang (Utrecht University): Testing for co-location among manufacturing firms using micro-geographic data. abstract paper
Julio Martinez-Galarraga (University of Valencia) and Daniel Tirado (University of Barcelona): Market integration and economic geography in history: an overview. abstract
Patrizio Bianchi (University of Ferrara) and Sandrine Labory (University of Ferrara): Industrial policy for manufacturing revolutions. abstract

Please look here at the full program of the workshop in March 2018.

** At the request of the authors, the paper is only available on demand (by filling in the contact form of the HINDI website).

Workshop Economic Geography of Long-Run Industrialization

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. Those interested in attending, are recommended to contact the organizers Bas van Leeuwen and Robin Philips via the contact form.


The Industrial Revolution and its aftermath presented one of the most fascinating topics in the field of economic history. Like a slick of oil, new manufacturing firms spread first over England, followed by Western Europe and eventually the rest of the world. However, it is not clear how and why this process of industrialization differed over time and across regions. Rather, debates continue about topics such as why industrial activity is spatially distributed and what factors drive agglomeration of production. Lack of data has so far inhibited the connection between theory and empirics as well as history and economics, rendering the answer to above questions problematic, even though some interesting empirical studies have emerged. This proposed workshop is thus intended to bring together empirical and theoretical studies in a coherent framework, to explain spatial development in industrialization over the past two centuries.

The central question of this workshop is how and why industrialization spread across regions and over time. To deal with this question, the workshop will be subdivided in five panels. After an “econography” of industrialization dealing with the various models of industrialization and, more importantly, their empirical implications in the opening remarks, panels 1 – 3 of this workshop will deal with specific case studies of regional industrialization over the Eurasian continent. Walking first through the historiography of spatial industrialization, each presenter will cover one particular region during the 19th and 20th century, including various Western, Eurasian and Asian countries. This not only makes it possible to test if existing theories on economic agglomeration can be globally applied, but also contributes to the debates on regional divergence and the role of economic integration and globalization. In panels 4 – 5 the various presentations, partly based on the previous chapters as well as the literature, deal with the question how the various theories can be used in the fields of economic history and economic geography.


WORKSHOP PROGRAM

Thursday 22 March 2018

10:20 Opening Remarks by Bas van Leeuwen (IISH)
10:30 Panel 1: Regional Industrialization in Western Europe
Sebastian Keibek (Cambridge University) and Leigh Shaw-Taylor (Cambridge University): The regional foundations on which the world’s first industrial nation was built. abstract
Robin Philips (IISH) and Erik Buyst (University of Leuven): Local and regional industrial development in the Low Countries, 1820 – 2010. abstract
Discussant: Ron Boschma (Utrecht University)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Panel 2: Regional Industrialization in Asia
Xu Yi (Guangxi Normal University / IISH), Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Lin Wang (Guangxi Normal University) and Zhihua Tang (Guangxi Normal University). Regional industrial development along the Yangtze and Zhujiang rivers, ca. 1914-2004. abstract
A BRIEF RESEARCH NOTE
Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Jieli Li (IISH) and Zipeng Zhang (Utrecht University): regional industrialization in the basic metals sector in China (1850-2010).
Jean-Pascal Bassino (University of Lyon), Kyoji Fukao (Hitotsubashi University) and Tokihiko Settsu (Musashi University): The economic geography of Japanese industrialization (1800-2010). abstract
Discussant: Peer Vries (University of Vienna)
15:15 Coffee and Tea Break
15:30 Panel 3: Regional Industrialization in the European Periphery
Stefan Nikolić (University of Groningen) and Leonard Kukić (London School of Economics): Regional industrialization of Yugoslavia in the long-run. abstract
Anna Missiaia (Lund University): Old patterns die Hard: regional aspects of Italian industrialization in the long run. abstract
Erdem Kabadayı (Koç University). Long term regional dynamics of industrialization, from the late Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey in the twentieth century, 1850-2000. abstract
Discussant: Gijs Kessler (IISH)
18:00 Drinks
18:30 Dinner

Friday 23 March 2018

10:15 Panel 4: A Thematic View on Regional Industrialization *
Stijn Ronsse (Ghent University) and Glenn Rayp (Ghent University): The use of the Midelfarth-Knarvik model to study determinants of historical industrial locations. abstract
Robin Philips (IISH), Wouter Ronsijn (Ghent University) and Eric Vanhaute (Ghent University): Shifts from proto-industrialization to industrialization. abstract
Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Peter Foldvari (University of Amsterdam), Robin Philips (IISH) and Meimei Wang (Utrecht University): Testing for co-location among manufacturing firms using micro-geographic data. abstract
Discussants: Jan Luiten van Zanden (Utrecht University) and Oedzge Atzema (Utrecht University)
12:30 Final Discussion
13:00 Lunch

Please download here the full program of the workshop.

Please download here the full list of abstracts for the workshop presentations.

Please download here the travel instructions.

Please follow this page for the upcoming papers of all workshop presentations.


* The following presenters were unable to attend the workshop:

  • Julio Martinez-Galarraga (University of Valencia) and Daniel Tirado (University of Barcelona): Market integration and economic geography in history: an overview. Please find here the abstract and paper.
  • Patrizio Bianchi (University of Ferrara) and Sandrine Labory (University of Ferrara): Industrial policy for manufacturing revolutions. Please find here the abstract and paper.

** At the request of the authors, the paper is only available on demand (by filling in the contact form of the HINDI website).

Team Building of the HINDI Project Team

On Monday 22 May 2017, a staff outing for a team building exercise of the HINDI Project took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands. After meeting for a study trip on food industry, an hour was spent for a coffee seminar to study the ins and outs of the coffee processing sector, as well as the economic history behind coffee.

Our researchers Dr. Bas van Leeuwen, Dr. Peter Foldvari, Robin Philips, visiting fellow Dr. Guo Yongqin, and assistants Li Jieli and Zhang Zipeng participated in this event.

 

HINDI 项目组2017年5月团队建设活动

On Monday 22 May 2017, a staff outing for a team building exercise of the HINDI Project took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands. After meeting for a study trip on food industry, an hour was spent for a coffee seminar to study the ins and outs of the coffee processing sector, as well as the economic history behind coffee.

Our researchers Dr. Bas van Leeuwen, Dr. Peter Foldvari, Robin Philips, visiting fellow Dr. Guo Yongqin, and assistants Li Jieli and Zhang Zipeng participated in this event.

研讨会:“新海上丝绸之路构建:从泛北部湾到欧洲”国际学术研讨会在广西师范大学举行(中国桂林)

Guilin

Quantitative analysis of Chinese economic performance between AD 960 and 1911

Date of the workshop: Thu 25- Sat 26 September, 2014

Organizer: Guangxi Normal University and Utrecht University

VenueGuangxi Normal University, Guangxi, China

Aim

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the long-run economic development of China between the Sung and Qing period. By discussing and comparing quantitative evidence of the main economic sectors stretching over this period, the organizers hope a) to gain more insights in the structural processes driving economic development in China and b) to facilitate international comparison.

Basic requests for participants

a)Please write the paper in English.

b) the working language of the workshop is English, even though the possibility exist to use Chinese.

c) Deadline for submission of papers: the 1st September 2014. Authors are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. If required, they can ask the organizers of the workshop to have a first read of their paper on the English language.

e) Workshop papers have no specific length. However, as a rule of thumb papers may be between 4,000 and 10,000 words.

Persons involved in the workshop: 

a) Organizers workshop

Dr. Xuyi (Guangxi Normal University)

Dr. Bas van Leeuwen( Utrecht University)

Dr. Peter Foldvari (Utrecht University)

b)   participants

Prof. Shi Zhihong (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Prof. Liu Lanxi (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Prof. Chen Zhengping (Tsjinghua University)

Prof. Zhu Congbing (Suzhou University)

Prof. Tang Ling (Guangxi Normal University)

Dr. Bishnupriya Gupta (Warwick University)

Dr. Bas van Leeuwen(IISH and Utrecht University)

Dr. Liu Guanglin (The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology)

Dr. Ni Yuping ( Beijing Normal University)

Dr. Peter Foldvari (Utrecht University)

Dr. Su Jinghua (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Dr. Wang Zunwang( Fujian Chinese Traditional Medical University)

Dr. Xuyi ( Guangxi Normal University)

Dr. Yu Qingliang (Hangzhou Normal University)

Peng Kaixiang (Henan University)

Ye Ma (University of Groningen)

Papers & Programme (click here for pdf version of programme with Chinese translations)

Day 1 – 2014/9/25 Fengcai Meeting Room, Guilin Park Hotel

8:30-12:00           

Opening ceremony and welcome speeches.

Speech: Bas van Leeuwen (Utrecht University) Industrialization around the South China Sea in world perspective, ca. 1810-2012 – abstract

Session 1

14.00-15.30 Chaired by Liu Lanxi

* Dr. Liu Guanglin – Output and Population in the Song and Min: a cross check – abstract

* Dr. Su Jinhua – On the Horse Trade of Song Dynasty –abstract

* Dr. Wang Zunwang – On the grain price in Ming Dynasty

15.30 – 16.00 coffee/tea break

Session 2

16.00-18.00 chaired by Bisnupriya Gupta

* Prof. Shi Zhihong – Agriculture in Ming and Qing.

* Dr. Yu Qingliang – Government finance in Ming dynasty.

* Jieli Li, Bas van Leeuwen and Xuyi – Printing industry from the Ming till the Qing dynasty – abstract

* Ye Ma – The State Civilian Granary System and the Rice Market in 18th–19th Century China – abstract

* Peter Foldvari – Market integration in Qing China and Europe: a reinterpretation – abstract

Day 2 – 2014/9/25 Fengcai Meeting Room, Guilin Park Hotel

Session 1

8.30 – 10.00 chaired by Gao Chaoqun

* Prof. Zhu Congbing – Railways in the Qing dynasty.

* Prof. Ni Yuping – A Preliminary Analysis of the Customs Duties Data:1644-1911 – abstract

* Prof. Chen Zhengping – Characteristics of International trade during 3 stages in New China

* Prof. Tang Ling – On the Collection of Materials of Merchant Guilds in Guangxi Local History

10.00-10.30 coffee/tea break

Session 2

10.30-12.00 chaired by Peter Foldvari

* Peng Kaixiang – Financial Integration between China and the World: 1870-1940 – abstract

* Dr. Xuyi – Chinese National Income, ca. 1661-1933 abstract

* Dr. Bishnupriya Gupta – Two Asia giants: comparing India and China

12.00 – 12.30

Meeting of the Quantitative History of China Series – chaired by: Prof. Shi Zhihong and Bas van Leeuwen

Workshop: Chinese Economic Performance at Guangxi Normal University

Guilin

Quantitative analysis of Chinese economic performance between AD 960 and 1911

Date of the workshop: Thu 25- Sat 26 September, 2014

Organizer: Guangxi Normal University and Utrecht University

VenueGuangxi Normal University, Guangxi, China

 

Aim

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the long-run economic development of China between the Sung and Qing period. By discussing and comparing quantitative evidence of the main economic sectors stretching over this period, the organizers hope a) to gain more insights in the structural processes driving economic development in China and b) to facilitate international comparison.

 

Basic requests for participants

a)Please write the paper in English.

b) the working language of the workshop is English, even though the possibility exist to use Chinese.

c) Deadline for submission of papers: the 1st September 2014. Authors are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. If required, they can ask the organizers of the workshop to have a first read of their paper on the English language.

e) Workshop papers have no specific length. However, as a rule of thumb papers may be between 4,000 and 10,000 words.

 

Persons involved in the workshop: 

a) Organizers workshop

Dr. Xuyi (Guangxi Normal University)

Dr. Bas van Leeuwen( Utrecht University)

Dr. Peter Foldvari (Utrecht University)

 

b)   participants

Prof. Shi Zhihong (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Prof. Liu Lanxi (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Prof. Chen Zhengping (Tsjinghua University)

Prof. Zhu Congbing (Suzhou University)

Prof. Tang Ling (Guangxi Normal University)

Dr. Bishnupriya Gupta (Warwick University)

Dr. Bas van Leeuwen(IISH and Utrecht University)

Dr. Liu Guanglin (The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology)

Dr. Ni Yuping ( Beijing Normal University)

Dr. Peter Foldvari (Utrecht University)

Dr. Su Jinghua (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Dr. Wang Zunwang( Fujian Chinese Traditional Medical University)

Dr. Xuyi ( Guangxi Normal University)

Dr. Yu Qingliang (Hangzhou Normal University)

Peng Kaixiang (Henan University)

Ye Ma (University of Groningen)

 

 

Papers & Programme (click here for pdf version of programme with Chinese translations)

 

Day 1 – 2014/9/25 Fengcai Meeting Room, Guilin Park Hotel

8:30-12:00           

Opening ceremony and welcome speeches.

Speech: Bas van Leeuwen (Utrecht University) Industrialization around the South China Sea in world perspective, ca. 1810-2012 – abstract

Session 1

14.00-15.30 Chaired by Liu Lanxi

* Dr. Liu Guanglin – Output and Population in the Song and Min: a cross check – abstract

* Dr. Su Jinhua – On the Horse Trade of Song Dynasty –abstract

* Dr. Wang Zunwang – On the grain price in Ming Dynasty

 

15.30 – 16.00 coffee/tea break

 

Session 2

16.00-18.00 chaired by Bisnupriya Gupta

* Prof. Shi Zhihong – Agriculture in Ming and Qing.

* Dr. Yu Qingliang – Government finance in Ming dynasty.

* Jieli Li, Bas van Leeuwen and Xuyi – Printing industry from the Ming till the Qing dynasty – abstract

* Ye Ma – The State Civilian Granary System and the Rice Market in 18th–19th Century China – abstract

* Peter Foldvari – Market integration in Qing China and Europe: a reinterpretation – abstract

 

Day 2 – 2014/9/25 Fengcai Meeting Room, Guilin Park Hotel

Session 1

8.30 – 10.00 chaired by Gao Chaoqun

* Prof. Zhu Congbing – Railways in the Qing dynasty.

* Prof. Ni Yuping – A Preliminary Analysis of the Customs Duties Data:1644-1911 – abstract

* Prof. Chen Zhengping – Characteristics of International trade during 3 stages in New China

* Prof. Tang Ling – On the Collection of Materials of Merchant Guilds in Guangxi Local History

 

10.00-10.30 coffee/tea break

 

Session 2

10.30-12.00 chaired by Peter Foldvari

* Peng Kaixiang – Financial Integration between China and the World: 1870-1940 – abstract

* Dr. Xuyi – Chinese National Income, ca. 1661-1933 abstract

* Dr. Bishnupriya Gupta – Two Asia giants: comparing India and China

 

12.00 – 12.30

Meeting of the Quantitative History of China Series – chaired by: Prof. Shi Zhihong and Bas van Leeuwen