I have studied economic and social history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the London School of Economics, Harvard University and Utrecht University. I received my MA from Utrecht University in 2010 (cum laude) and my PhD in 2015 (cum laude). In my dissertation I examined the Dutch East India Company's intercontinental trade and its effects on living standards in various regions on the edges of the Indian Ocean c. 1600 - c. 1800. My thesis was awarded the Economic History Society's Thirsk-Feinstein Disseration Prize and was published by Brill in 2016. In addition, I have published articles on the origins of globalization, as well as the economic histories of Indonesia, South Africa and Sri Lanka, and on the long-term relationship between trade and economic development.
Currently, I work on a new book on globalization in the early modern period (with Jan Luiten van Zanden), on a paper on living standards in Northern India c. 1500-1900 (with Jan Lucassen) and on papers dealing with real wages around the globe since antiquity (with Jan Luiten van Zanden, Robert Allen, Michail Moatsos and Bas van Leeuwen).
In 2017, I was awarded a NWO Veni Grant (250,000 euro) for a new research project entitled "Unfair Trade: Globalization, Institutions and Inequality in Southeast Asia, 1830-1940".
Email: pim.dezwart [at] wur.nl