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

S.O.S. ANTWERPEN / CITIZEN SCIENCE / FEBRUARY 2021

At the end of October 2020, the Quetelet Center launched the citizen science project S.O.S. Antwerp (Social Inequalities at Death (1820-1946). What did the people of Antwerp die of?). In this project, the data of the unique handwritten cause-of-death register of the city of Antwerp are entered into a digital database by volunteers working at home. 


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HISSTER / BLOGPOST / JANUARI 2021

At the end of December 2020, Belgium started the vaccination campaign against COVID-19. This is more than two centuries after the very first vaccine was administered. Back then, it concerned smallpox, the only disease for which a vaccine was developed and rolled out on a large scale in Europe as early as the nineteenth century. Although Belgium was one of the pioneers of smallpox vaccination, it failed to introduce compulsory vaccination against the disease in the nineteenth century, unlike almost all other European countries. 


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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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