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Sessions at SEM conference

Datum:28 juli 2017

Marcel Timmer and Robert Inklaar each organised a session at the 4th annual conference of the Society for Economic Measurement, at MIT, from July 26 to 28. The session by Marcel Timmer was on trade and global value chains and included presentations by Robert...

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Robert Inklaar appointed full professor

Datum:15 juli 2017

On July 1, Robert Inklaar was appointed Professor in the Economics of Productivity and Welfare at the University of Groningen. The main research objective of this new chair is to better understand how automation will affect not just economic activity, but living...

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Robots & the future of jobs? It's complicated

Datum:31 mei 2017

On the (Dutch) Kennislink website, Robert Inklaar discusses how the spread of robots is a challenge for those with jobs involving routine tasks, yet embracing robots may be preferable to jobs disappearing overseas.

Digging into Data challenge

'Big data' grant: online prices & living standards

Datum:29 maart 2017

The Transatlantic Platform has awarded a Digging into Data grant of €375,000 to an international team of researchers, with the team for the Netherlands led by Robert Inklaar and also including Marcel Timmer. The grant is awarded for a project to use online...

Alan Heston (r) with Fred Vogel

Alan Heston's ICP memoirs

Datum:01 februari 2017
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

Alan Heston, one of the original forces behind the International Comparison Program (ICP) and the Penn World Table has drafted a memoir of these major undertakings, which have transformed international economic statistics over the past half century. We here at...

Inequality and GDP lecture

Inequality lecture at EIB

Datum:20 december 2016

Robert Inklaar lectures today at the European Investment Bank about Inequality and GDP. He will argue that our understanding of income differences across countries depends crucially on accurate and frequent comparisons of prices across countries as reliance...

Het Kasteel

Call for papers – GGDC conference

Datum:30 november 2016

On June 28–30, we organise a conference to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) in Het Kasteel in Groningen. The conference will feature many prominent speakers: Dale Jorgenson (Harvard) will give an opening...

Income and Wealth activities

Datum:13 september 2016

GGDC researchers played several important roles at the recent General Conference of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW), in Dresden. This biennial conference brings together academic researchers and official statisticians...

PWT 9.0 data corrections

Datum:19 augustus 2016

Thanks to helpful user queries, we have found two computation errors in the PWT 9.0 data that were released on June 9 2016:

GDP per person in China and Vietnam

Vietnam as the next China?

Datum:10 augustus 2016

The Economist uses data from the Penn World Table to illustrate how Vietnam's growth in GDP per capita over de past quarter century matches China's growth experience following its liberalizing reforms in the late 1970s.

Globalisation & inequality Summer School

Datum:10 augustus 2016

The GGDC Summer School 2016 took place between July 11 and 15 and featured several lectures by Branko Milanović, on inequality and the role of globalisation, as well as lectures by other renowned scholars. Around 25 students from all over the world participated...

PWT 9.0 has been released

Datum:09 juni 2016
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

A new version of the Penn World Table, 9.0, has been released and is available here.

NBER international comparisons conference

Datum:30 mei 2016
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

Robert Inklaar and Marcel Timmer presented at a conference at MIT on International Comparisons of Income, Prices, and Production, on the upcoming update to version 9 of the Penn World Table. Participants included Nobel laureate Angus Deaton (Princeton), Bob...

World KLEMS conference

Datum:27 mei 2016
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

Gaaitzen de Vries, Abdul Azeez Erumban and Marcel Timmer presented at the fourth World KLEMS conference in Madrid on May 23 and 24 on issues of productivity and global value chains

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Did the developing world suddenly become much richer?

Datum:14 maart 2016
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

The answer is 'no', as shown in a paper by Robert Inklaar and Prasada Rao (University of Queensland) that has just been accepted by the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, which ranks in the top ten of economics journals.

GGDC and societal relevance

Datum:18 januari 2016
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

We were very happy that a committee of esteemed colleagues recognized the usefulness of our research and database development efforts in the national Research Review of the faculty's research school, SOM. This helped contribute to the faculty's research program...

Globalization and inequality

Summer School on Globalization and Inequality

Datum:13 januari 2016
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

This summer, from July 11-15, the GGDC organizes a Summer School on the topic of Globalization and Inequality. Lecturers include Branko Milanović, Remco Oostendorp and Leandro Prados de la Escosura. The Summer School is intended for PhD students, research master...

Resource misallocation: where to focus attention?

Datum:11 januari 2016
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

Productivity gains from a more efficient allocation of capital and labor across firms are large. However, a recent study of manufacturing firms in low- and middle-income countries by Robert Inklaar, Addisu Lashitew and Marcel Timmer, finds that the gains are...

Nominal world GDP trends

World GDP should not be falling

Datum:15 december 2015
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

A recent discussion on VoxEU about trends in world GDP illustrates how the wider use of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) would lead to figures that are more readily plausible and easier to interpret.

Man and machine

Datum:11 december 2015
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

Herman de Jong and Marcel Timmer contributed to the KVS Preadviezen “De match tussen mens en machine” [The match between man and machine], edited by Bas ter Weel. They presented their contributions at the Behandeling van de KVS Preadviezen in The Hague.

Round table on the future of economic growth research

Datum:10 december 2015
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

Marcel Timmer participated in a round table discussion on 'Future Trends in the Economics of Growth', where he talked about the need for more work on growth of welfare, rather than GDP; see his presentation. The round table was hosted by Mark Sanders of Utrecht...

PWT 9.0: planned features and approximate release

Datum:25 november 2015
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

The next version of the Penn World Table, version 9.0, is currently under development with numerous changes. There is no firm release date at this point, other than 'as soon as possible'. Our best estimate at this point will be a release in the first quarter...

Productivity and convergence paper accepted in JoE

Datum:21 november 2015
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

A paper by Robert Inklaar and Erwin Diewert on "Measuring industry productivity and cross-country convergence" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Econometrics, in a special issue on economic measurement. The paper finds that cross-country productivity...

Alternative poverty measurement

Datum:30 oktober 2015
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

Robert Inklaar presented research-in-progress with Jutta Bolt at a World Bank meeting. The main question is whether the World Bank's approach to measuring global poverty does adequate justice to cross-country differences and whether a new method for determining...

PWT paper appears in AER

Datum:05 oktober 2015
Auteur:Robert Inklaar

paper co-authored by Robert Feenstra from UC Davis, Robert Inklaar and Marcel Timmer has appeared in the October issue of the American Economic Review. The paper details the new version of the widely-used Penn World Table, how this database can best be used...