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International Economics and Business

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in society. Right from the start of the degree programme, attention is paid to academic research and professional development, since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

The teachers in this programme are all active researchers in the Global Economics and Management research group, in the area of international economics, and several of them collaborate in the renowned Groningen Growth and Development Centre. The following (full) professors teach in the MSc IE&B:

Marcel Timmer focuses on international production fragmentation in global value chains and its impact on labor markets and economic growth. He has published in the economic profession’s top journals, including the American Economic Review, and he has conducted extensive grant research, funded by the NWO and the European Commission.

Steven Brakman is an expert in the field of economic geography, including as co-editor of the Journal of Regional Science. He frequently contributes to the public debate, including on Brexit, Trump’s trade war and trade agreements. He has published extensively and authored textbooks on international economics and economic geography.

Dirk Bezemer studies the interaction between the financial system and the rest of the economy, focusing on the role of debt. His research is published in numerous journals and he has been funded by the Institute of New Economic Thinking. He is also a columnist in the Dutch periodical De Groene Amsterdammer.

Bart Los’ area of expertise is on the interlinked nature of (regional) economies and the impact of such linkages on trade patterns and economic outcomes, such as economic growth and employment. He has published widely, is the editor of Economic Systems Research and has contributed to the public debate on the consequences of Brexit.

Robert Inklaar’s research is on the causes and consequences of productivity growth, including the impact on broader welfare. His research has appeared in a range of top economic journals and his work on developing the Penn World Table and Maddison Project Database is used extensively around the world.

Erik Dietzenbacher is an authority in the field of input-output analysis, including as president of the International Input-Output Association. His research has improved the tools for input-output analysis and these have been applied in such areas as international trade and environmental economics.

Harry Garretsen combines research in international economics with research on management and leadership. In this latter role, he is one of the directors of the In the LEAD centre of expertise. He is also a sought-after expert, including on the Bankraad, the advisory board of the Dutch Central Bank.

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    "Best study of all"

    Having obtained three university degrees in scientific fields, I experience the International Economics and Business study as being the best study of all. It is very inspiring and will stand me in good stead for my future career.

    "I started my university life when I was sixteen. Having obtained three university degrees in scientific fields, I experience the International Economics and Business study as being the best study of all. It is very inspiring and will stand me in good stead for my future career.

    The International Economics and Business degree programme at the University of Groningen is a good learning programme. The courses are both interesting and informative. Besides plenary lectures, courses are taught in small groups, a teaching method I like because it is a good way to gain knowledge and understanding. I really like the way the courses are structured. Moreover, I can study in an international environment, meet students from many different nations, and gain valuable experience living abroad.

    I have been elected Chairperson of the student association of IE&B. This has not only been beneficial for my fellow students, for whom I have planned various activities, including organising a symposium, it has also been an enriching experience for me in that it has shaped my personality and increased my leadership skills. Moreover, Groningen is a city with an interesting student life that provides a good environment for international students to study and live."

    – Biying Jiang
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