Dr Bas van Leeuwen, LL.M

Bas van Leeuwen

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Department of Social and Economic History
Utrecht University
Drift 6, 3512 BS Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Bas van Leeuwen

Bas van Leeuwen

Last updated 4 July 2016: A new paper added: Yi Xu, Zhihong Shi, Bas van Leeuwen, Yuping Ni, Zipeng Zhang, and Ye Ma, 'Chinese National Income, ca. 1661-1933', Australian Economic History Review ( 2016 forthcoming).

Forthcoming papers:
- 'Silverization of China during the Ming-Qing transition (ca. 1550-1700) and the consequences for research into the Babylonian economy ,' (with Xuyi).
- 'Regional market integration in Qing China,' (with Péter Földvári).
For a forthcming OECD volume on historical statistics:
- 'World development of education, 1820-2010,' (with Jieli Li).
- 'World development of real wages, 1820-2010 ,' (with Pim de Zwart and Jieli van Leeuwen-Li)
- 'World development of income inequality, 1820-2010,' (with Michail Moatsos, Jan Luiten van Zanden, Joerg Baten, and Peter Foldvari).


Born in 1978, studied Dutch Law, European Law, Economic History, and Russian History at the University of Utrecht. MA-theses about the economic influences on the Polish politics in the 1960s and 1970s (De doorwerking van de economische situatie op de Poolse maatschappelijke verhoudingen) and the dynamics of the Dutch 'Poldermodel' (Corporatisme en Deregulering: dualisme als oplossing voor de 'crisis van de welvaartsstaat').
From 2001 to 2006 worked on a phD-project on human capital formation and the standard of living in South-East Asia in the twentieth century.This project, which focussed on the effect of formal and informal education on economic growth and the institutional problems developing countries encounter in the field of education, resulted in a thesis titled "Human Capital and Economic Growth in India, Indonesia and Japan: A quantitative analysis, 1890-2000".
Is working on the reconstruction of the English (1300-1850) and Dutch (1500-1800) national accounts at the Economics Department, University of Warwick.
Is also working on the estimation of Babylonean price volatility (ca. (400-150 BC) at the Faculty of Humanities, Free University.
Is also working on human capital and economic growth in East and West Europe ca. 1870-2010 at the Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
Is also working on the construction and maintenance of the data hubs "Human Capital " and "Early Economies ".
Is currently also involved in organising and editing the project "The Quantitative History of China, ca. 960-1949" together with Dr Peter Foldvari.
Main fields of interest are price volatility, structural growth models, human capital, historical statistics, and national accounting from the 500 BC to the twentieth century.