On 27 October 2006 Prof. A. Maddison was awarded the title of Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Maddison is Emeritus Professor of Economic Sociology at the Faculty of Economics. He enjoys a world-wide reputation as a pioneer in the field of the quantification of economic growth in an international comparative and historical perspective. The ceremony took place during a special symposium held on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Groningen’s deputy mayor, Ms J.C.M. van Schie, presented the award at 5.15 p.m. in the RUG Academiegebouw.
He is the joint founder and intellectual leader of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre a research group within the Faculty of Economics that focuses on long-term economic growth. The databases maintained by Maddison and his current or former colleagues, which now include virtually every country in the world, form one of the most important sources for the analysis of long-term economic growth and are used throughout the world by academics and policy analysts.
Angus Maddison (Newcastle-on-Tyne, United Kingdom, 1926) started as a lecturer in Economic History at St Andrews University in Scotland. From 1953-1979 he held various positions at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris (until 1961 the Organization for European Economic Co-operation). In 1969-1971 he worked at the Harvard University Centre for International Affairs. Maddison also held the position of policy advisor for various institutions, including the governments of Ghana and Pakistan. In addition, he visited many other countries and often directly advised the government leaders of countries such as Brazil, Guinea, Mongolia, the USSR and Japan. This enabled him to gain a unique insight into the factors that determine growth and welfare.
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