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CfP for the session "Living standards over the long term: new perspectives on measurement frameworks", XIX World Economic History Congress (Paris, 25-29 July, 2022)

23-07-2021 18:19

CfP for the session "Living standards over the long term: new perspectives on measurement frameworks", XIX World Economic History Congress (Paris, 25-29 July, 2022)

The session has been accepted for the XIX World Economic History Congress (Paris, 25-29 July, 2022)


Session organizers:
Prof. Dr. Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Carlos III University)
Dr. Daniel Gallardo Albarran (Wageningen University)
Dr. Michail Moatsos (Bocconi University and Utrecht University)

Keynote speaker:
Prof. Dr. Jan Luiten van Zanden (Utrecht University) on “The Wealth of Nations and the Cumulative Nature of Quantitative Economic History”.


Session description:
Rising dissatisfaction with one size fits all economic indicators, such as GDP, in the last decades has resulted in a flourishing literature seeking new ways to measure living standards both in economics and economic history. Despite widespread agreement that well-being is multidimensional and should be measured as such, a consensus has not been reached yet on key questions such as: What aspects of welfare should be measured, and why? What indicators are the most suitable? Which measurement frameworks are more appropriate for long-term studies? This session aims at presenting the latest additions to this debate and their consequences for economic history.
The literature has employed various alternative strategies to measure well-being such as a dashboard of indicators advocated in the report by Stiglitz et al. (2009), composite measures such as the Human Development Index or anthropometric data. In this session, we invite paper proposals on all topics related to the measurement of living standards, but a special interest goes out to work on composite indicators or new approaches that significantly improve on traditional economic measures.

Within this approach, composite measures of welfare are often praised for being in line with a multi-dimensional concept of living standards. However, this feature can also be seen as problematic as it raises important methodological questions concerning relative weights and the choice of indicators. Several promising research avenues have recently been explored to tackle the weighting problem. The first uses utility frameworks to combine different welfare aspects in line with economic theory. Other approaches combine several components such as income, education, health and liberal democracy, and providing an economic rationale for the construction of that index. Alternatively, statistical methods are being employed to combine several dimensions of well-being or narrative approaches to capture subjective elements of well-being.

We invite scholars that wish to participate to submit their abstracts (500 words) discussing the sources, methodology and main hypotheses to Daniel Gallardo Albarran (daniel.gallardoalbarran[at] and Michail Moatsos (m.moatsos[at]  by September 30th, 2021. Notices of acceptance will be sent shortly after the submission.


Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2021

More info: Daniel Gallardo Albarran (daniel.gallardoalbarran[at] and Michail Moatsos (m.moatsos[at] 


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