Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

The Historical Sample of the Netherlands (HSN)

The HSN offers a representative sample of about 78.000 people born in the Netherlands during the period 1812-1922. The HSN-database containing individual life-courses is a unique tool for research in Dutch history and demography.



Kick off GIANTS project

At the 7th of September, the kick off of the GIANTS project took place at IISG. In this project, fully entitled ‘Giants of the modern world. A new history of heights and health in The Netherlands, 1811-1940’, the height of a subsample from HSN Research Persons (males) will be recorded from the recruitment registers. For more information about GIANTS use this link.

3 positions at HSN

The HSN is currently hiring three student assistants, two based at the IISH in Amsterdam, one in or near Zwolle.

Corinne Boter

On Friday 16 June 2017 Corinne Boter defended her PhD dissertation entitled Dutch Divergence? Women’s work, structural change, and household living standards in the Netherlands, 1830-1914. The defence took place at Wageningen University.

Annual Report

The HSN Annual Report 2015 is now available (PDF).

ECSR Prize for best PhD thesis for Antonie Knigge

At the conference of the European Consortium for Sociological Research, held 22-24 September 2016 in Oxford, UK, Antonie Knigge was awarded with the ECSR Prize for best PdD thesis written in 2015. His thesis is entitled Sources of Sibling Similarity. Status Attainment in the Netherlands during Modernization. The analyses in his research are based on data from WieWasWie (formerly GENLIAS). Antonie Knigge was a PhD student at the Department of Sociology/ICS Utrecht, where he now works as an assistant professor.


News archive

Older news can be found in the news archive.


On the HSN pages:

• More about HSN, its history and activities.
• Information about the HSN data, the sources and the structure.
Research projects, making use of HSN data.
Products, such as releases, publications and presentations.
Links to other sources on the internet.


See also:

Life Courses in Context. A collaboratory based on Dutch population registers and censuses (19th and 20th century). An overview of the data



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