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Groningen Growth and Development Centre

Faculty of Economics and Business

Welcome to the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC). The GGDC is a platform for research on economic growth and development. This research is largely based on a range of comprehensive databases on indicators of growth and development that the Centre compiles and maintains on a regular basis. Furthermore the GGDC organises seminars and conferences.

Making research data widely available

This website is divided into four main research areas: Productivity, Value Chains, Historical Development and Structural Change. Each area includes several databases, along with documentation, references to related research papers, as well as relevant news items and events.

For news about our most recent activities, please check out our newsfeed.

News GGDC

Supply Chains and the Global Trade Elasticity
Date:13 April 2021

Last week, the IMF Economic Review published a new paper by GGDC researchers Marcel Timmer, Bart Los and Gaaitzen de Vries, co-authored with wiiw's Robert Stehrer. The paper proposes a new way to account for changes in the global trade elasticity, the...

The Economist: Manufacturing hope in Africa
Date:22 March 2021

On March 20th, The Economist featured research by the GGDC and UNU-WIDER on the manufacturing renaissance in Africa. A key finding is that the share of people working in manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa has risen from 7.2% of the total in 2010 to 8.4%....

Launch of the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database
Date:17 February 2021

Today, the Economic Transformation Database has been released. This database has been developed by the Groningen Growth and Development Centre, supported by UNU-WIDER. The database provides information on output and employment for 12 sectors of the economy...

GGDC Conference cancelled
Date:01 February 2021

Regrettably, the GGDC conference that was scheduled for 16-18 June 2021 has been cancelled. It has been cancelled, because it is unlikely that the conference can be held on site. Much of the goals and opportunities to meet and interact are therefore not...

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