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Income inequality is increasing around the world, both between and within countries, as growth seems to mainly benefit an urban elite of capital owners and highly-educated workers. This has triggered various kinds of social and political conflicts both in developed and in developing countries. Resolving these conflicts is one of the major societal challenges of our times and it requires solid understanding of the dynamics of global development and inequality, which is what this research area will focus on. We aim at generating new explanations regarding the patterns of economic development and inequality in countries that are consistent with these long-run trends. These explanations should provide a comparative perspective at global development and will incorporate insights from Economic Growth, International Economics, New Economic Geography, Labour Economics, Development Economics as well as International Business.

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FEB Research: The harsh truths of Brexit
Published on:02 August 2017

In the debate over whether Britain should leave the European Union, a striking piece of research from the Faculty of Economics and Business made waves internationally.

GGDC 25th Anniversary Conference
Published on:27 January 2017

The 25 year Jubilee conference of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre will take place on June 28-30, 2017 .

Looking back on visit Daron Acemoglu
Published on:27 January 2017

The MIT professor Daron Acemoglu laid out possible scenarios for the robotic future when he visited FEB in November 2016 to give the Groningen Growth and Development Centre’s Maddison Lecture.