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Mailing address:
Department of Economics
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
P.O.B 653
Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel

My office is in Room 439 Building 72

Telephone: 08-647-2279
e-mail: kvdbeek@bgu.ac.il


Karine van der Beek is a senior lecturer at the economics department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a research affiliate at the Centre of Economic Policy Research (CEPR). She specializes in European economic history and long-run economic growth with a specific interest in the relationship between human capital, financial markets, political institutions and technological change. Karine holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a post-doc fellow at EUI and at UPF as part of the CEPR Research Training Network, Unifying the European Experience in the years 2006-7. Her current research examines the effect of enclosures in eighteenth century England on financial markets and bankruptcies. In her other studies she applies econometric and ML tolls to uncover the role played by various skills and occupations in Britains Industrial Revolution.



Publications and Working Papers

2022. The Wheels of Change: Technology Adoption, Millwrights, and Persistence in Britains Industrialization The Economic Journal, 133 https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/ueab102. (With Joel Mokyr and Assaf Sarid).

Also, on VOX!


2020. Expectations: Theory and Applications from Historical Perspectives. Springer Studies in the History of Economic Thought. (Arie Arnon, Warren Young & Karine van der Beek Eds.).


2017. "Flexible Supply of apprenticeship in the British Industrial Revolution" Journal of Economic History 77(1): (With Nadav Ben-Zeev and Joel Mokyr). (pdf_draft)


2016. "Skill Choice and skill complementarity in Eighteenth century England: 1710-1770. Explorations in Economic History 59(1): 94-113. (With Naomi Feldman). (pdf_draft)

short assay at the Israel Science Foundation website (in Hebrew)


2015. "Market Forces Shaping Human Capital in Eighteenth Century London", Economic History Review 68(4): 11771202. (With Moshe Justman). (pdf draft)


2014. "England's eighteenth century demand for high-quality workmanship: Evidence from apprenticeship, 1710-1770", in Avner Greif, Lynne Kiesling and John V.C. Nye (eds.), Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development, a festschrift volume in the honor of Prof. Joel Mokyr, Princeton University Press, pp. 268-274. Robert Margo's Review at EH.Net


2010. "The Effect of Political Fragmentation on Investments: A Case Study of Watermill Construction in Medieval Ponthieu, France. Explorations in Economic History 47: 369-380.


2010. "Political fragmentation and investment decisions: the milling industry in feudal France (1150-1250)". Economic History Review 63(3): 664-687.

Other Publications

2023. "Economic Aspects of Urban Greenness Along a Dryland Rainfall Gradient: a Time-Series Analysis". Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Available online 24 March 2023, 127915. (with: Roni Bluestein-Livnon, Tal Svoray, and, Michael Dorman.


Work in Progress

"The Collateral Channel of Britains Industrial Revolution: The financial side of Land Enclosures (with Lior Farbman) abstract (November20)


"Shoemakers and engines: the secret connection" (with Assaf Sarid)


The Spatial distribution of skills in eighteenth century England: new estimates using evidence on apprenticeship.


"Was steam engine technology skill-biased? The short-run effects of steam engine development on demand for skills in eighteenth century England"


Courses taught

Real life economics - workshop (142.1.0180)

Introductory Econometrics (142.1.1081)

Topics in Economic History (142.1.1091)

Institutional Economics for Graduates (142.2.18)

Explaining the British Industrial Revolution 142.2.93)