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Events GGDC Conference 2017

GGDC Conference 2017

28-30 June 2017

The Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a conference that was held on 28-30 June, 2017. The themes of the conference were those that have been central to GGDC research in the past and the present: “Long-run growth”, “Productivity” and “Global value chains”.


The 2017 GGDC Conference was held at Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, Groningen, the Netherlands. During the conference pictures were taken by Ronald Zijlstra, which can be viewed here.

Keynote Speakers

  • Eric Bartelsman (VU Amsterdam)
  • Nick Crafts (Warwick)
  • Robert Feenstra (UC, Davis)
  • Beata Javorcik (Oxford)
  • Nathan Nunn (Harvard)

Opening speech by Dale Jorgenson (Harvard University).

Conference Organisers

  • Marcel Timmer
  • Bart Los
  • Robert Inklaar
  • Jutta Bolt
  • Reitze Gouma


Apart from 5 keynote addresses, participants in the conference presented their work in parallel sessions (21 in total each of them with time for three presentations). The modest scale of the event facilitated interactions between participants and the exchange of ideas about the papers presented. More information about the program will is posted in the Program section.


  • SOM Research Institute, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW)
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