Marlous van Waijenburg
Field: Modern Europe
Specialization: Global economic history
Keywords: Sub-Saharan Africa, colonialism, economic growth, living standards, fiscal capacity
Topic: "Financing the African State. The Development and Transformation of African Fiscal Systems in the Long Twentieth Century"
Advisor: Joel Mokyr
Marlous van Waijenburg is a comparative economic historian interested in the historical roots of the global economic divide, and specifically in the economic legacies of colonialism. The main regional focus of her work is on Sub-Saharan Africa, and is methodologically situated at the intersection of global history, economics, and political economy.
Marlous received both her B.A. and M.A. from Utrecht University, and has been visiting student in the economics department of Washington University in St. Louis under the supervision of Prof. Douglass C. North. Her M.A. thesis, titled Living Standards in British Africa in a Comparative Perspective, 1880-1945. Is Poverty Destiny?, was awarded 'best historical M.A. thesis' by the International Institute for Social History and national newspaper 'de Volkskrant', and 'best MA thesis in the Humanities' awarded by Utrecht University. The article version of her M.A. thesis (joint with Ewout Frankema), was published in the Journal of Economic History in 2012, and recently received two other prizes (see below).
Her dissertation, tentatively titled "Financing the African State: Development and Transformations of Fiscal Systems in the Long Twentieth Century", compares state capacity building in Africa through the lens of taxation. In the next two years (2014-2016), she will be a Presidential Fellow at Northwestern University.
(2014) "Metropolitan Blueprints of Colonial Taxation? Comparative Fiscal Development in British and French Africa, 1880-1940." Journal of African History (forthcoming, with Ewout Frankema)
(2012) "Structural impediments to African growth? New evidence from real wages in British Africa, 1880-1965." Journal of Economic History 72(4): 895-926 (with Ewout Frankema)
- Arthur Cole Prize for "best article in the Journal of Economic History 2012-2013"
- Wageningen School of Social Sciences Publication Award for "best article in the Social Sciences"