The Quetelet Center for Quantitative Historical Research is an interfaculty and interdisciplinary service centre that offers advice and expertise on the use of historical data that can be studied statistically or in map form.

Researchers from all disciplines and the general public can come to us with questions about the use of quantitative and quantifiable sources on Belgium's past.

In the spotlight

LOKSTAT / PUBLICATION / DECEMBER 2020

Industries come and go. What determines the success of regions in acquiring new industries from 1800 to today? And how do industrialization processes proceed? By means of case studies, an international team of researchers, including economists from Ghent University, sought an answer to these topical questions. The book was recently published with the research results to which LOKSTAT made a substantial contribution.

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LOKSTAT & POPPKAD / PUBLICATION / NOVEMBER 2020

Land-based capital played a key role in Flanders’ economic growth. Nicolas De Vijlder and Koen Schoors (UGent) came to this conclusion after analyzing data from LOKSTAT and POPPKAD in the period 1830-1910. Their findings make a valuable contribution to the international debate on economic growth.

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LOKSTAT / DOCTORAL RESEARCH / OCTOBER 2020

Belgium was at the forefront of industrial development in the world in the 19th century. Which factors explain this success? In search of the answer, economist Franz Zobl of the London School of Economics (LSE) consulted LOKSTAT.

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GIS-Brussels, LOKSTAT, POPPKAD & HISTER / BLOG POST / SEPTEMBER 2020

In 1866, a severe cholera epidemic raged across Belgium. The city of Brussels was  hardest hit, with 3,469 deaths from the disease. During the epidemic, various kinds of statistical data were collected by the city council. The Quetelet Center has linked this information with some of its databases, and so succeeded in reconstructing the course of the epidemic in the capital and determining who its main victims were.

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HISSTER / BLOG POST / JUNE 2020

The excess mortality due to Covid-19 In Belgium made April 2020 the deadliest April month since World War II. In the past, common flu epidemics also caused increased mortality rates. Patrick Deboosere, demographer at the VUB’s Interface Demography, shows how these epidemics were dealt with in Belgium and uses figures from the HISSTER database.

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HISSTER & STREAM / PUBLICATION & VIDEO / MAY 2020

The coronavirus is currently spreading across the world. Yet, it is not the first epidemic to sweep the globe. The Black Death and the Spanish Flu are well known, but what other disease outbreaks have shaped Belgian history? Isabelle Devos (Ghent University, History Department) brushes up your knowledge in 2500 words and a short video.

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