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Professor Dani Rodrik

On Friday 13 June 2014 Dani Rodrik, professor of Social Science (Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton) received an honorary doctorate of the University of Groningen, on the occasion of "University of Groningen 400 years". Honorary doctorates are presented to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to society, academia or politics.

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Economic growth in emerging markets encounters structural constraints in the coming decades, suggests Dani Rodrik. The problems in the Eurozone are structurally and thus higher than in the U.S. Ultimately the dilemma of Europe is that an economic union can not exist without a political union.

Leading economic thinker

RUG 400 years

Professor Rodrik is one of the world's leading economic thinkers, known for his in-depth analyses of international economic issues and the role of policy. He has performed outstanding research on the crossroads between international economics, economic growth and development, institutional and political economics. His work is characterized by a thoughtful blend of advanced theoretical and empirical work, always with an eye on its usefulness for informing better policies.

In his recent work he introduced the paradox of globalization, reminding us of the crucial role of strong nation-states in a sustainable global economy. His work also highlights the dangers of an overreliance on economic policy doctrines without a proper historical and political-economic context.


"We are proud that professor Rodrik received this honorary doctorate as he shows that economic research is not only exciting in itself, but has important lessons for our thinking about the social and economic challenges that we face today."

Professor Marcel Timmer, FEB

On the occasion of his visit to Groningen during the University Lustrum, professor Rodrik gave the Angus Maddison public lecture .

12 June @ FEB
12 June @ FEB
Professor Rodrik
Professor Rodrik

Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik (Istanbul, Turkey, 1957) is professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, (until 1 July 2013 he was professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University).


His research focuses on what constitutes good economic policy and why some governments are better than others in adopting it. Professor Rodrik's important message in a globalizing world:
"Economic and political stability is only guaranteed if individual countries are able to put their national priorities first."

Research in cooperation with research center GGDC at FEB: Structural Change and Productivity Growth in Africa

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Laatst gewijzigd:19 februari 2018 15:17