I am a professor of economics at the University of Southern Denmark, a research fellow at CEPR in London, a research associate of CAGE in Warwick, and a visiting fellow of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. I have a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen and one in economic history from Lund University. My research interests concern the (wider) forces that led to the wealth of nations. My studies consider England (the cradle of the industrial revolution), Italy (an industrial runner-up), and sub-Saharan Africa (a still-to-come region). I currently work on projects using historical marriage data from Africa and 600 years of real wages from England. I also organize the Sound Workshop and the WEast Workshop.