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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.

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Grant for historical investigation into function of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange
Date:06 May 2021

Herman de Jong received a large NWO-OC grant funding a project to investigate the function of the Amsterdam stock exchange during the period 1870-1940. The aim of this project is to probe the stock exchange’s contribution to corporate finance and economic...

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%....

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