Encouraging grant for young researchers 2023 – Legaat Mathieu et. al. 01/12/2023 - 31/12/2025


The real estate tax register that this research proposal seeks to process in a database is officially called the 'Kohier van den tweehonderdsten penning voor Amsterdam en onderhoorige plaatsen over 1631'. The original source is kept in the ACA (arch. nr. 5044, inv. nr. 460). However, ACA archivists have brought my attention to a transcribed version of the tax register published by the Koninklijke Oudheidkundig Genootschap of Amsterdam (Frederiks & Frederiks, 1890). This printed version, which is stored in the ACA and which I am allowed to digitize, can of course be processed in a database much faster than the original handwritten records. Clé Lesger, the historian who processed the land register of 1832, told me that he spent about two full-time months on the task of inserting his handwritten records into a database. Given that in 1631, the city – and a fortiori the tax register – was smaller, in combination with the availability of a printed version of the source for this year, one can reasonably estimate that the task can be finished in one month of full-time work. This estimation fits neatly with the size of the grant; that is, 2000 EUR. According to Pintra, the current hourly wage for job students is 12,88 EUR. The corresponding labour cost is 15,20 EUR per hour. A grant of 2.000 EUR can therefore pay out around 132 hours to a job student. This is good for about one month of full-time work, but we will mostly likely opt for a more distributed arrangement. If so, we will advertise the work requirements as one full work day, or 8 hours, per week. Thus, a job student can work for 16,5 weeks, or about four months, on the task with the grant resources. This corresponds more or less to a semester. Ideally, we would therefore advertise the job opening in August, so that the work can be carried out between 1 September and 31 December 2023. This outline of the grant resources' allocation matches the timing of the PhD project. I have already mentioned in the summary of the research proposal that the database of probate inventories will be finished at the very latest by September 2023, when the FWO project is halfway. In the first semester of academic year 2023-2024, I plan to extend my empirical work in other directions, which I will not outline here. Suffice it to say that this extra work is estimated to be completed by 31 December 2023 as well. Thus, if the grant is allocated to the current project, all empirical work will be finished at that date. That leaves a year and a half for analysis and writing.


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