This interdisciplinary project analyses the economic strategies and behaviour of men and women in early financial networks (1400-1900) through social network analysis. The objectives are twofold, (1) to understand how early financial networks formed and (2) how people behaved in such networks. This project focuses on three critical research questions for investigation:
1- How did early financial networks form?
2- What were the strategies and behaviour of men and women in early financial markets and networks?
3- How did social networks affect economic behaviour?
This project breaks new ground in adopting a comparative approach through the use of Social Network Analysis (SNA hereafter). The project features five European regions through selected case studies: France, Spain, Italy, Finland and Sweden. The focus is on the period 1400-1900, a key moment of change that featured industrialization and the development of a commercial banking system. An analysis that uses both SNA and historical empirical analysis is applied to various datasets of probate inventories and tax records.
This project is funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation.
This project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond via a Pro Futura Scientia grant.
What is Human Economy?
Human economy is an innovative interdisciplinary scientific field dedicated to the observation and analysis of people economic needs and experiences. It aims at (1) complementing and enriching the traditional field of economics by offering and promoting new ideas and innovative solutions from other disciplines, (2)voicing the experiences of people and communities, (3) and proposing concrete policy-driven solutions in which research makes a direct impact.
Human economy tackles observations and analysis to some of the most pressing issues, such as indebtedness, gender equality, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and growing inequality; and ultimately proposes innovative ideas and solutions for a fairer economy and society.
The main idea behind human economy is to restore a dialogue between disciplines in order to come together to the best and most adapted solutions and analysis with a focus on communities’ well-being.
Humanities and social sciences research can offer alternative perspectives to traditional economics leading to a broader range of policy-driven solutions.
Human Economy is conceived broadly and the lecture series will be an incubator of innovative ideas.
This project examines the role and participation of women in private credit transactions and credit networks in Sweden and Finland from 1750 to 1850.
It will start in January 2018 and will take place at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Elise M. Dermineur (ed.), Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial Europe. Brepols, 2017.
Elise M. Dermineur, Åsa Karlsson Sjögren, Virginia Langum (ed.), Revisiting Gender in European History 1400-1800. Routledge, 2017.» Link
Queens Consort and Their Roles in Early Modern Europe: The Case of Lovisa Ulrika’s in Eighteenth Century Sweden