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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...

Two GGDC economists in ESB Top-40

Date:17 December 2020

Marcel Timmer and Robert Inklaar are both in the Dutch Economists Top 40, compiled annually by the journal ESB, on places 35 and 39. On the separate list of highest scoring economists in 2019, Robert Inklaar comes in at third place. The main ranking is...

Jutta Bolt

Jutta Bolt appointed to Aletta Jacobs chair

Date:16 December 2020

Jutta Bolt has just been appointed to one of the University of Groningen's Aletta Jacobs chairs. These chairs were created to give female associate professors a leg up, to achieve a less male-dominated professoriat. As GGDC, we heartily congratulate Jutta...

The hydrogen economy and employment

Date:15 December 2020

In early December, several media outlets paid attention to a report written by Bart Los and Jouke van Dijk (UG, Faculty of Spatial Sciences), about the employment impact of the large NortH2 hydrogen project for the North of the Netherlands in general and...

Bart van Ark appointed honorary professor

Date:14 December 2020

Following the appointment of Bart van Ark as director of the new Productivity Institute, he has been appointed as honorary professor at FEB to emphasise his continued engagement with the University of Groningen, see here for more details.

Robert Inklaar

Robert Inklaar new GGDC director

Date:01 September 2020

On September 1, Robert Inklaar has taken over as director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) from Marcel Timmer.

Grant for digitising Dutch financial market information since 1796

Date:08 June 2020

Herman de Jong received a large grant for building a new Dutch database holding Dutch corporate and stock exchange data for the period 1796-1980. The grant is awarded by the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Science) in cooperation with digital infrastructures...

Economy of the Northern Netherlands

Date:19 May 2020

Together with UG-colleagues Thijs Broekhuizen, Sierdjan Koster and Arjen Edzes and several experts from non-academic circles, Bart Los wrote the first edition of De Staat van de Noord-Nederlandse Economie (The State of the Economy of the Northern...

Adam (Eddy) Szirmai

Obituary Adam (Eddy) Szirmai

Date:15 January 2020

It is with great sadness that we received news on the passing away of our good friend and colleague Eddy (Adam) Szirmai. Eddy was one the co-founders of the GGDC in 1994. He has been crucial in bringing together a group of dedicated scholars on the topic...

Branko Milanovic new Maddison Chair

Date:14 November 2019

Branko Milanovic has been appointed as the third holder of the Maddison Chair. In this role, he will be affiliated with the University of Groningen and regularly visit for research and teaching activities.

Marcel Timmer

Marcel Timmer to be appointed to the board of the CPB

Date:15 April 2019

Marcel Timmer, director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre will be appointed as one of the three board members of the Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis, CPB, starting September 1, 2019. In this position, he will jointly lead the...

Impact in Northern Netherlands

The impact of Brexit on the Northern Netherlands

Date:29 November 2018

The Socio-Economic Council of the Northern Netherlands, SER-NN, organized a meeting on November 26 about the possible impact of Brexit on three Northern provinces of The Netherlands. Bart Los gave a talk and participated in a panel with representatives...

Inaugural lecture Robert Inklaar

Beyond Growth? Robert Inklaar's inaugural lecture

Date:08 March 2018

On March 6, Robert Inklaar gave his inaugural lecture to officially accept his position of Professor in the Economics of Productivity and Welfare. In this lecture, he established how productivity growth in the 21st century has been low by historical...

Source: The Economist, 'Open Up', Jan. 3 2008

Brain gain from emigration

Date:01 November 2017

The research of Marianna Papakonstantinou is featured in Trouw (in Dutch): she finds that countries with greater emigration subsequently experience faster growth in knowledge-intensive industries. This implies that factors such as return migration,...

Robert Inklaar

Robert Inklaar appointed full professor

Date:15 July 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...

Gaaitzen de Vries

Research Professor appointment for Gaaitzen de Vries

Date:07 July 2017

Gaaitzen de Vries has been appointed special term Research Professor of Global Value Chains at the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. The centre in which he participates is dedicated to research activities on the development of...

ESRC

ESRC grants on Brexit consequences

Date:18 April 2017

Marcel Timmer and Bart Los are contributors to two of the 25 winning consortia that will conduct research on the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union for the British ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). Timmer will...

Digging into Data challenge

'Big data' grant: online prices & living standards

Date:29 March 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...

WIPO

Contributing to WIPO report on intangible assets

Date:17 March 2017

Wen Chen, Reitze Gouma and Marcel Timmer have prepared two reports as background for the upcoming World Intellectual Property Report 2017. The reports aim to measure the importance of intangible assets in global value chains. They were presented on March...

Inequality and GDP lecture

Inequality lecture at EIB

Date: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...

Jutta Bolt

Jutta Bolt named Wallenberg Academy Fellow

Date:02 December 2016

Jutta Bolt has been named as one of the 29 new Wallenberg Academy Fellows for 2016. This prestigious Swedish research grant by the Wallenberg Foundation of approximately €1mln will allow Jutta Bolt to devote more time to her research, in part at Lund...

Intangible capital and growth

Date:09 July 2016

On June 30, Wen Chen successfully defended his PhD thesis titled Intangible capital and economic growth. He continues his research career in Groningen as a postdoc on Marcel Timmer's Vici project.

High-tech manufacturing?

Date:08 June 2016

Can we still classify an entire industry as technology intensive? At a workshop of the US National Science Foundation, Bart Los argued that this is an outdated perspective in a time when electronics manufacturing in one country may involve the development...

Robert Inklaar wins WF Duisenberg Fellowship Prize

Date:27 May 2016

Robert Inklaar has won the WF Duisenberg Fellowship Prize, awarded every two years to the best young applied macroeconomist in the Netherlands. The jury praised his publication record and contribution to policy debates. On receiving the prize, he discussed...

Mapping welfare

Date:26 April 2016
Author:Robert Inklaar

Marcel Timmer was an advisor to the temporary committee of the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) on the measurement of welfare. The report of commission, titled "Welvaart in Kaart" (Mapping Welfare), is available here.

GGDC at "The Day of Industry 2016"

Date:18 January 2016
Author:Robert Inklaar

On Wednesday January 20, VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland have organized 'De dag van de Industrie 2016' (the day of industry 2016) at the Nieuwspoort in the Hague. During that day, Gaaitzen de Vries will present the main outcomes from a report he and Marcel...

Expert meeting on Global Value Chains

Date:30 November 2015
Author:Robert Inklaar

Gaaitzen de Vries participated in an expert meeting on the Dutch economy in Global Value Chains organized by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the recent report by De Vries and Timmer on the mutual dependence of manufacturing and services for...

Manufacturing and services need each other

Date:17 November 2015

Gaaitzen de Vries and Marcel Timmer finished a report for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairsand VNO/NCW titled: “Dutch Manufacturing Competing in Global Value Chains”. The report stresses the mutual dependence of manufacturing and services for the...

Peer-review of new FAO Agricultural Database

Date:12 November 2015
Author:Robert Inklaar

Reitze Gouma gave a presentation on the occasion of the launch of the FAO's new agricultural productivity database, indicating how incorporating measurement lessons from EU KLEMS would be beneficial.

Value chain specialisation in Sweden

Date:30 October 2015
Author:Robert Inklaar

Gaaitzen de Vries completed a consultancy report on ‘Global Value Chain Specialization Patterns of Sweden and Its Key Competitors’ for Tillväxtanalys (Stockholm, Sweden). The analysis shows that Austria and the Netherlands are emerging as key competitors...

Alternative poverty measurement

Date:30 October 2015
Author: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...

China-EU seminar on structural change

Date:05 October 2015
Author:Robert Inklaar

Gaaitzen de Vries participated in an expert seminar organised by the European Commission's DG EMPL and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on structural change.

Start of the post-WIOD VICI project of Marcel Timmer

Date:01 September 2015
Author:Robert Inklaar

The VICI project "Modelling Global Value Chains, a new framework to study trade, jobs and income inequality in an interdependent world" has started. This 5-year project involving a team of PhD students and post docs is led by Marcel Timmer and funded by...

New GGDC hires

Date:01 September 2015

Four new hires will strengthen the GGDC: PhD students Stefan Pahl and Aobo Jiang, and post docs Laurie Reijnders and Wen Chen.