Jan Luiten van Zanden is Faculty Professor of Global Economic History at Utrecht University, Honorary Angus Maddison Professor at the University of Groningen, and Honorary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In 2011 the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) awarded him the Academy Professor prize, and in 2003, he received the Spinoza Award, the highest academic distinction in the Netherlands. He has published on the development of cooperation in organizations (such as Royal Dutch Shell and RABO bank). He is an expert on the history of social inequality and the long-run roots of economic development. His work increasingly stresses the micro-foundations of development, particularly found in the forms of cooperation within families. He is one of the founders of CLARIAH, which connects and provides access to structured datasets containing socio-economic and demographic data. His international colleagues elected him as honorary president of the International Economic History Association, which he led for several years.
Spinoza award, KNAW member