I am a professor of economics at the University of Southern Denmark, a research fellow at the CEPR in London, and a research associate of the CAGE in Warwick. 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.