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Maddison project, re: "Don't believe the Haiti/DR graph"

Date:24 September 2021
A recent post argues the data from Maddison and the Maddison project are wrong on the relative income levels of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and overstate Haiti's income level. Jan Luiten van Zanden and Jutta Bolt show that the problem is a lack of good historical income comparisons for these countries, not the specific choices made in the Maddison Project.

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: Chasing Asia

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...

PWT 10.0 has been launched

Date:15 January 2021

Today, we have launched version 10.0 of the Penn World Table. This version of the database covers 183 countries and the years from 1950 to 2019. We have incorporated the latest data from the International Comparison Program, led by the World Bank, which...

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...