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Dr Xuesheng You

Dr Xuesheng You

Research Associate

Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure


I was trained to be an economist first in Manchester, graduating with a first class Bachelor Degree of Economic Science, then an MPhil in Economics (research) from Cambridge.

I submitted my doctoral dissertation Women's Employment in England and Wales, 1851-1911 to the Faculty of History, Cambridge in September, 2014. It was co-awarded the best dissertation in economic history by the Faculty of History.


Research Interests

  • Family, gender and work in England and Wales in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Transport History
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Digital Humanities
  • Computational methods in history


Part I Paper 10, British economic and social history 1700-1914


  • Economic, Social History

Key Publications

  • You, X., 'Women's labour force participation in nineteenth-century England and Wales: evidence from the 1881 Census Enumerators' Books', Economic History Review, (Forthcoming)
  • You, X., 'Working with husband? 'Occupation's wife' and married women's employment in the censuses in England and Wales between 1851 and 1911', Social Science History, (Minor revision resubmitted)
  • Bogart, D. and You, X. et al, 'Were railways indispensable for urbanization? Evidence from England and Wales', American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, (Currently undergoing revision for resubmission)

Other Publications

  • EconomiesPast -- An interactive online atlas showing the many facets of the labour force in England and Wales between 1600 and 2011.
  • TravelinTimes -- A historic journey planner showing the most cost-effective route between any points in England and Wales in Roman times, in 1680, 1830, 1911 and 2019.