Research Themes

The Household Economy and institutions for collective action

 

Research Topics

A general description of the project can be found in the project description

 

Individual research topics are:

  • Savings behavior in sixteenth-century Holland
  • Asset management and portfolio development in sixteenth-century Holland
  • Sixteenth-century security arrangements in Holland
  • Exogenous risks in sixteenth-century Holland
  • Endogenous risks in sixteenth-century households in Holland
  • Supply of beds in early modern poor relief institutions
  • Saving for old age in early modern times: benchmarks for retirement provisions

 

Research Questions 
  • How does the household economy evolve in relationship to the changes in the family structure / size (neolocality, asset management)?
  • To what extent are households dependant on the market (labour) and to what extent do they use the market to manage their property (assets)?
  • To what extent are households dependant on their family / parents?
  • To what extent can households decide by themselves on their course (agency of households)?
  • How did households in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries cope with risks?
  • Did households use risk-spreading techniques (scattering holdings), store their wealth (hoarding), or create diversified portfolios in this setting, or did they use the capital markets to secure surplus income?
  • What main developments would households in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries have reacted to?
  • How would price movements have affected people in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries?
  • How did people in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries manage to build a financial portfolio that was stress-resistant?
  • Which combinations of assets show a negative correlation to risk?
  • Is the casestudy of Edam (see beneath) exemplary or exceptional for the county of Holland (fifteenth-sixteenth centuries)?

  

Research area and period 

Low Countries, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

  

Preliminary results (click on topic to view preliminary results)

> On Savings behavior in sixteenth-century Holland

> On Asset management and portfolio development in sixteenth-century Holland

> On Exogenous risks in sixteenth-century Holland

 

Sources 

 

  • Registration of judicial acts Edam
    • Schepenregister Edam

 

  • Tax assessments Low Countries in general
    • Tax assessment of 1514: Informacie up den staet faculteyt ende gelegenheyt van de steden ende dorpen van Hollant ende Vrieslant om daernae te reguleren de nyeuwe schiltaele. Gedaen in den jaere MDXIV. Published by R. Fruin on behalf of de Maatschappij der Nederlandsche Letterkunde (Leiden, A.W. Sijthoff, 1866). Available online here.
    • Tax assessment of 1494: Enqueste ende informatie upt stuck van der reductie ende reformatie van den schiltaelen, voertijts getaxeert ende gestelt geweest over de landen van Hollant ende Vrieslant. Gedaen in den jaere MCCCCXCIIII. Published by R. Fruin on behalf of de Maatschappij der Nederlandsche Letterkunde (Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1876). Available online here. 

  

Related webpages 
  • Waterlands Archief (Purmerend), Index regarding Tax assessments of town of Edam and surrounding area

> Schotkohieren Edam 1462 - 1569

> Verpachtingskohieren Edam 1462 - 1514

> Verpachtingskohieren Edam 1530 - 1563

Related datasets

Datasets based on the results of our research activities will in due time be published on this website.

 

Related publications 

 

ZUIJDERDUIJN, C.J., VAN ZANDEN, J.L., and DE MOOR, T., 2012. "Small is beautiful"; on the efficiency of credit markets in late medieval Holland. European Review of Economic History, 16 (1), 3-22. Available in PDF here.

ZUIJDERDUIJN, Jaco and DE MOOR, Tine, 2011. Spending, saving, or investing? Risk management in sixteenth century Dutch households. Accepted for publication in The Economic History Review. Available in PDF here.

DE MOOR, Tine, VAN ZANDEN, Jan Luiten, and ZUIJDERDUIJN, Jaco, 2009. Micro-credit in late medieval Waterland; households and the efficiency of capital markets in Edam en De Zeevang, 1462 - 1563. In: La famiglia nell'economia Europea secc. XIII-XVIII; The economic role of the family in the European economy from the 13th to the 18th centuries, ed. Simonetta Cavachiocci, 651-68. Firenze: Firenze University Press. Available in PDF here.

Researchers involved