Datini/ESTER Seminar 2016 – Participants I


Michail Moatsos

Social and Economic History Group 

Universiteit Utrecht

“Global Absolute Poverty: Behind the Veil of Money”

Michalis is interested in the long run evolution of income inequality and poverty on a global scale. In his research the role of prices is of essential importance in both the identification of global absolute poverty, and in the estimation of real income inequality.



Sam Geens

Department of history

University of Antwerp

“A golden age for labour? Economic inequality and labour income after the Black Death: Flanders and Tuscany compared (1350-1500)”

The Black Death and subsequent plague waves caused a radical change in the relative value of land, capital and labour. Consequently, historians have characterised the period between 1350 and 1500 as a golden age for labourers. However, recent literature casts serious doubts on such an interpretation. This project, therefore, retraces the impact of the mortality crises on income distribution in Flanders and Tuscany through poll taxes and real wage series.



Mattia Viale

Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche

Università degli Studi di Verona,

“Economic growth and material living standards in a transition economy: Venice (1600-1800)”

The purpose of this project is to analyse the dynamics of early modern economic growth by focusing on the evolution of material living standards in a European pre-industrial economy. This research would like to study the evolution of material well-being through changes in the patterns of consumption of a transition economy in the Mediterranean Europe thanks to an exemplary case in comparative perspective: Venice between the 17th and 18th centuries.



Francisco Cebreiro Ares

History Departament

Santiago de Compostela University

“The Great Transformation of Porto Meat Markets, 1780-1800”

On his PhD thesis studies the monetary and credit relations of Galicia between 1760 and 1820 specially focused in international bullion flows, monetization factors and social relations trough money. As secondary line, he had research on construction and behaviour of pre-modern markets and the Royal Mint of Jubia (1811-1869)



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