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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.

New Productivity Institute with GGDC ties

Date:21 August 2020

The UK ESRC is funding a new Productivity Institute, which will be based at the Alliance Manchester Business School and led by Bart van Ark, who was director of the GGDC for a long time and who remains affiliated with the GGDC and the University of...

The importance of Spain and Italy for the Dutch economy

Date:10 August 2020

Bart Los and Xianjia Ye published an article in ESB, the major Dutch magazine on economic policy. They provide indicators for the economic importance of Italy and Spain for the Dutch and German economies. Using methods for bilateral dependencies in...

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...

Living standards in the UK at the start of the industrial revolution

Date:27 May 2020

Herman de Jong and Daniel Gallardo published a paper in the European Review on Economic History on the evolution of English living standards during the early phase of industrialization (1760-1850). The paper takes a multi-dimensional perspective and...

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...

GGDC Conference moved to 16-18 June 2021

Date:10 April 2020
Given the current circumstances, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the GGDC conference. It has now been scheduled to take place from Wednesday 16 June to Friday 18 june 2021 at the same location in Groningen. Wednesday and Thursday are full...

Groningen co-leads major international project on Structural Change and Economic Growth

Date:04 March 2020

For low-income countries to develop, their economies need to transform from rural and agricultural to urban and industrialised. In many sub-Saharan countries, urbanization to date has outpaced industrialization and structural change has largely been from...

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...

Het Kasteel

Call for Papers – GGDC Conference 2020

Date:21 November 2019

The GGDC organizes a conference on June 15–17 2020 in Groningen, on the themes central to GGDC, namely long-run economic development, trade and technology. The conference will feature keynote speeches by Carol Graham (Brookings, Maryland), Branko Milanovic...