Jaco Zuijderduijn

Jaco Zuijderduijn

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I am an economic historian of the later medieval and early-modern period. At present I am particularly interested in the emergence of old age pensions, a topic that follows quite nicely my prior research into the development of financial markets and the household economy in late-medieval Holland. How people dealt with old age, and to what degree nascent financial institutions allowed them to prepare for old age, are still very much understudied subjects. My work on pre-industrial retirement homes shows which people turned to the market for a care-free old age, and how the pension funds of the day were being managed. In addition to this I work on personal saving strategies – the use of piggy banks! – and mortgage markets. 

For my most recent work check my working papers here and my weblog here




At Lund University's Department of Economic History I teach courses on medieval and early-modern economic history and research design.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History
  • History

Free keywords

  • Financial History
  • Economic History
  • Social History


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