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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 Room 451 in 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 technological change, human capital accumulation, and, political institutions. She holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was awarded research grants from the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), The Israel Science Foundation (ISF), and from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). Karines current research examines the role of factor endowments on the location of technology adoption and on its persistence in the context of the industrial revolution in the English textile industry during the eighteenth century (abstract).



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

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


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


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.

See 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.

Working Papers and Work in Progress

Wheels of Change: Skill biased natural resources and industrialization in eighteenth century England (with Joel Mokyr and Assaf Sarid).


"Landownership Structure and Agricultural Productivity in Domesday England" (with Sylvie Meyer)



Courses taught

Introduction to Econometrics (0-142-1-1081)

Topics in Economic History (0-142-1-1091)

Institutional Economics for Graduates (0-142-2-18)

Explaining the British Industrial Revolution (0-142-2-93)