Senior University Lecturer
Economic and social history is my main interest. I focus on these topics:
- the Dutch economy in the 20th Century, with an emphasis on the political economy.
- the comparative characteristics of Dutch capitalism, examining labour relations, employer viewpoints, welfare state development, and economic government policy.
- developments in international political economy, such as globalization, global governance, exchange rate regimes, inequality and sustainability.
My research resulted in various articles in refereed journals and a recent monograph titled Coordination in Transition. The Netherlands and the world economy, 1950–2010 (Leiden: Brill, 2014).
I wrote my PhD thesis between 1994 and 1997 on the economic development in colonial Indonesia. In this book I analyzed foreign and interregional trade statistics and examined growth effects among the various ethnic groups in the Outer Islands between 1870 and 1942. It is published as Extremes in the Archipelago. Trade and economic development in the Outer Islands of Indonesia, 1900-1942 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 2001). I also published a book with statistics on trade in the Java Sea, titled Shipping and Trade in the Java region, 1870-1940. A collection of statistics on the major Java Sea ports (Semarang: Undip Press, 2000 / Leiden: KITLV Press, 2001).
From 2010 to 2016 I was Scientific Director of the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the international interuniversity research school for economic and social history. This institute forms a platform for the coordination of research initiatives and organizes the PhD training in economic and social history in the Netherlands and Flanders.
Earlier, I worked for several years at the Netherlands Historical Data Archive (currently DANS), developing ways to archive, document, and retrieve historical data sets for secondary analysis (1989-1994). In 1990-91 I spent a year as a visiting fellow at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) studying the Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank and preparing the N.W. Posthumus price data for electronic retrieval.
Jeroen Touwen studied at Leiden University (M.A. and Ph.D.) and one year at The College of Wooster (OH).
Fields of interest & teaching
- Economic and social history of the Netherlands in the 20th Century in a comparative perspective
- Labour relations and development of the welfare state in the postwar period
- Skill formation in the coordinated market economy
- Varieties of Capitalism and institutional change
- The (economic) history of Indonesia, in particular during the late colonial period and the 1950s
- History of the world economy in the 20th Century, in particular post-war globalization and international economic relations since Bretton Woods
Coordination in Transition. The Netherlands and the world economy, 1950–2010 (Leiden: Brill, 2014)
(with Alicia Schrikker, eds.) Promises and Predicaments. Trade and entrepreneurship in colonial and independent Indonesia in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Singapore, NUS Press, 2015)
Extremes in the Archipelago. Trade and economic development in the Outer Islands of Indonesia, 1900-1942 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 2001).
Shipping and Trade in the Java region, 1870-1940. A collection of statistics on the major Java Sea ports (Semarang: Undip Press, 2000 / Leiden: KITLV Press, 2001)