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Groningen Growth and Development Centre

Faculty of Economics and Business
GGDCEventsGGDC Conference 2020

Keynote Speakers

The GGDC is honored to present the keynote speakers that have agreed to come to Groningen for the 2020 conference.


Carol Graham
Carol Graham

Carol Graham

Carol Graham is Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. From 2002-2004, she served as a Vice President at Brookings. She has also served as Special Adviser to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank, as a Visiting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and as a Consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the Harvard Institute for International Development. From 2011-2012 she served on National Academy of Sciences Panel on well-being metrics and public policy.

She is the author of numerous books and articles. Her most recent book, with Oxford University Press, is Happiness around the World: the Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires. She has published articles in a range of journals including the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; the World Bank Research Observer; Health Affairs, the Journal of Socio-Economics; the Journal of Development Studies; World Economics; the Journal of Human Development; and Foreign Affairs. She has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins, and a D.Phil from Oxford University. She is the mother of three children.


Branko Milanovic
Branko Milanovic

Branko Milanovic

Branko Milanovic is a visiting presidential professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a senior scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-economic Inequality. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics (1987) from the University of Belgrade with a dissertation on income inequality in Yugoslavia. He served as lead economist in the World Bank’s Research Department for almost 20 years, leaving to write his book on global income inequality, Worlds Apart (2005). He was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington (2003-2005) and has held teaching appointments at the University of Maryland (2007-2013) and at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (1997- 2007). He was a visiting scholar at All Souls College in Oxford, and Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (2010-11).

Milanovic’s main area of work is income inequality, in individual countries and globally, including in preindustrial societies. He has published articles in Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Development Economics, and Journal of Political Philosophy, among others. His book The Haves and the Have-nots (2011) was selected by The Globalist as the 2011 Book of the Year. Global Inequality (2016) was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize for the best political book of 2016 and the Hans Matthöfer Prize in 2018, and was translated into 16 languages. It addresses economic and political effects of globalization and introduces the concept of successive “Kuznets waves” of inequality. In March 2018, Milanovic was awarded (jointly with Mariana Mazzucato) the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Knowledge. His new book Capitalism, Alone was published in September 2019.


Hylke Vandenbussche
Hylke Vandenbussche

Hylke Vandenbussche

Hylke Vandenbussche is a Professor in International Economics in the Economics Department of the University of Leuven (KULeuven). Previously, she was the holder of the Chair Jacquemin at the Université Louvain (UCL) in Belgium where she was affiliated to the CORE research centre. She started her career as an Assistant Professor at Cambridge University in the UK and held a Visiting professorhsip at Dartmouth College in the US. She also held Research Positions in Tilburg, Warwick and the London School of Economics (LSE).

Her research interests lie in international trade, trade policy and firm performance. She publishes in the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of International Economics, European Economic Review and others. She is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Midwest International Meetings (US) and European Trade Study Group.


Mary O’Mahony
Mary O’Mahony

Mary O’Mahony

Mary O’Mahony is Professor of Applied Economics at King's Business School. Her research interests include measuring and explaining international differences in productivity, technology and growth; human capital formation and its impacts on productivity and measuring performance in public services, including health and education.

She joined King’s in May 2013 and was previously Professor at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She is currently a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London.

Her research has in recent years been primarily funded by the European Commission and she recently coordinated two EC FP7 projects SERVICEGAP and INDICSER as well as being academic coordinator on the FP6 EU KLEMS project.


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