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van Dijk
Lund University
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Historical demography, social differences in life expectancy, early life effects, mortality clustering, infant mortality, long-run developments in health
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About Me

I’m an assistant professor in historical demography at the Centre for Economic Demography, Lund University, Sweden. My research is about long-run changes in health. I study intergenerational and within-family change, the influence of the changing disease environment over the past centuries, and early-life effects on health. I use historical and contemporary population registers to study lifespan, cause-specific mortality, reproductive outcomes, birthweight and stature, and morbidity (hospitalization) in the long run.


Recent Publications

2023                 Van Dijk*#, Quanjer* & Rosenbaum-Feldbrügge*. Short Lives. The impact of parental death on early life mortality and height in the Netherlands 1860-1940. Demography, 60 (1): 255-279.


2022                 Rijpma, Van Dijk, Schalk, Zijdeman & Mourits. Unequal excess mortality during the Spanish Flu pandemic in the Netherlands. Economics and Human Biology, 47, 101179.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Sweden, Netherlands, USA
Expertise by Geography
Netherlands, Scandinavia, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Economic History, Family, Medicine