Igor Martins

Doctoral Student, Doctoral student, Masters Student, Bachelor, PhD Student

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History


  • Inequality, Poverty, Slavery, Labor economics, Colonialism


My research interests are African economic history – with an emphasis in South Africa -, slavery and colonial legacies. Moreover, I am also interested in development economics, institutions and poverty dynamics in both sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

The doctoral project I am currently working on is called Cape of Good Hope Panel Project: Quantitative studies of long-term growth, inequality, and labor coercion in a developing region. Within this project, I am mostly interested in slavery and its spillovers through the Cape Colony while focusing on the role of the emancipation of the slaves and its intergenerational effects. My methodological approach benefits from digitized individual level genealogical and tax records covering nearly 200 years of history in the colony. It enables me to work with the most modern data mining and econometric techniques while combining these skills with an extensive historiography already produced for the region.

My research counts with the supervision of Erik Green and Andrés Palacio - both from the Department of Economic History in Lund Univeristy - and Johan Fourie, from the Department of Economics in Stellenbosch Univeristy, South Africa. I am scheduled to conclude my research by June 2020. 

Recent research outputs

Igor Martins, 2019 Mar 15, (African Economic History Network Working Paper Series; no. 43).

Research output: Working paper

Igor Martins, Jeanne Cilliers & Fourie, J., 2019, 56 p. (Lund Papers in Economic History. Development Economics; no. 2019:197).

Research output: Working paper

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