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D.M.O. Jong, MSc

PhD Candidate


Dylan Jong is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. His research focuses on the link between local public finance and economic performance of cities, by analyzing the economic effects of local public policies. Besides his work as a PhD Candidate, Dylan is one of the editors of the social-geographical popular-science magazine “AGORA”. 

Dylan has a background in Business (MSc.) and Economics (MSc.). Furthermore, he has a practical understanding of financial markets due to his work as a broker at BinckBank.


PhD Candidate2016 - present
This PhD position at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, examines the link between the fiscal health and economic performance of cities, by analyzing the economic effects of local public policies.

Broker, BinckBank2014 – 2015
As a broker, Dylan had to place orders on stock exchanges,  analyze problems the company and customers encountered with their trades, and provide information about corporate actions of shares traded through BinckBank. 


Double Degree Master China and the World Economy, University of Groningen and Fudan University of Shanghai, 2013 – 2014 / 2015 – 2016
The Double Degree Master program consists of one year International Economics & Business at the University of Groningen and one year Regional Economics at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Master thesis University of Groningen: “Revealed Comparative Advantage, a comparison of the Balassa index and the value added approach”.

This thesis argues that one should no longer look at gross exports, but rather at value added when measuring competitiveness of a country. Therefore, the Balassa index is transformed into a Revealed comparative Advantage (RCA) measurement based on value added. This RCA based on value added gives significantly different results from the Balassa index and is argued to better reflect a country’s competitiveness levels. Grade: “8”.

Master thesis Fudan University: “Revealed Comparative Advantage in a fragmented world and the explanatory power Heckscher-Ohlin has on it: Implications along the case of China”.     

This thesis extends the thesis from the University of Groningen by comparing the results of the RCA with the Heckscher-Ohlin model, and discussing the implications the results have for China. Grade: “A”.

Bachelor International Business, University of Groningen, 2010 – 2013
Business bachelor with subjects in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Organization Theory, Strategic Management, Marketing, International Law, and Research Methodology.

Exchange semester: Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia, 2012.  
Subjects: Innovation and Change Management, Bond Analysis, Risk, Management, Investment Analysis, Value Based Management, Project Management, Slovak as a Foreign Language.


Little is known about the economic effects of local municipal public finance, due to a prior lack of consistent data. By combining the recently constructed Fiscally Standardized Cities database together with data from the McKinsey Global Institute; Bureau of Economic Analysis; and OECD, a database is constructed to examine the relationship between local public finances and (1) long-run economic growth, (2) well-being, (3) demographic change, (4) fiscal stress and (5) spatial spillovers.

Primary supervisor: prof. dr. Philip McCann
Daily supervisor: dr. Viktor Venhorst


Co-supervisor master thesis student, 2017 – 2018      

Lecturer computer labs for the master course Advanced Statistical Analysis, 2017 – 2018      


Machine Learning by Stanford University, 2017
MOOC set up by Stanford University through Coursera. The certificate is verifiabile via: Grade: 96.9%.

Econometrics: Methods and Applications by Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2015
MOOC set up by the Erasmus University of Rotterdam through Coursera. The certificate is verifiable via: 93,5%.

DSI Stockbroker & Integrity-module – DSI Stockbroker, 2015
License Number: 4691132 & 4698575. Both Grade: 9.


PhD buddy, 2018 – present      

Editor, AGORA, 2016 - present
AGORA is a Dutch/Flemish social-geographical popular-science magazine.

URSI Lunch Seminar Committee, University of Groningen, 2016 - 2018
The Lunch Seminar Committee organizes seminars once or twice a week.

Master Community Committee, 2013 – 2014         

MARUG International Marketing Research in Istanbul, 2014                   

Student mentor, 2006 – 2010         


Graduate School URSI PhD Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands, 2018           

58th ERSA Congress, Cork, Ireland, 2018           

RSA Annual Conference, Lugano, Switzerland, 2018           

Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Vancouver, Canada, 2017           

GEM/PEGDECH Seminar, Groningen, The Netherlands, 2017           

57th ERSA Congress, Groningen, The Netherlands, 2017           

Groningen Growth and Development Centre conference, Groningen, The Netherlands, 2017           


European Week of Regions and Cities University 6th Master Class, Brussels, Belgium, 2018           

International PhD Course on Economic Geography: Geography of innovation, networks and transitions, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2018           

30th ERSA Summer School, GIS and Regional Science: Theory and Applications, University of the Aegean, Lesvos Island, Greece, 2017           

RSAI-GSSI Summer School of Advanced Economic Geography, 2017            

Last modified:05 October 2018 11.03 a.m.

Contact information

Landleven 1
9747 AD Groningen
The Netherlands

Faculty of Spatial Sciences