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prof. dr. M.P. Timmer

Professor of Economic growth and development
prof. dr. M.P. Timmer


Marcel Timmer is professor at the University of Groningen and director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC).

  • He is currently leading a large research program titled “Modelling Global Value Chains: a new framework to study trade, jobs and income inequality in an interdependent world” funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO, VICI scheme, 2015-2020). This is building on major international research projects funded by the European Commission services (FP6 and FP7), which he co-led. These include the EU KLEMS project, comparing patterns of growth in the European Union, Japan and the U.S. (2003-2008) and the World Input-output Database (WIOD) project (2009-2012). The WIOD has developed new databases, accounting frameworks and models to increase our understanding of the socio-economic and environmental consequences of increasing global integration.
  • He has been a consultant and advisor for various organisations including the OECD, the World Bank, Japanese Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI), Asian Development Bank and Statistics Netherlands.  
  • He is the lead author of the book Economic Growth in Europe published by Cambridge University Press, and has extensively published in national and international journals, including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Policy and the Journal of Economic History.

Key publications

Stefan Pahl & Marcel P. Timmer (2019), "Do Global Value Chains Enhance Economic Upgrading? A Long View", The Journal of Development Studies,  DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2019.1702159

Marcel P Timmer, Sébastien Miroudot, Gaaitzen J de Vries (2019), "Functional specialisation in trade", Journal of Economic Geography, 19(1), lead article pp. 1–30.

Feenstra, Robert C.; Inklaar, Robert and Timmer, Marcel P.(2015), “The Next Generation of the Penn World Table”, American Economic Review 105(10), 3150-3182.

Los, B., M. P. Timmer and G. J. de Vries (2016), “Tracing Value-Added and Double Counting in Gross Exports: Comment”, American Economic Review, 106(7), 1958-66.

Timmer, M.P., A.A. Erumban, B. Los, R. Stehrer and G.J. de Vries (2014), "Slicing Up Global Value Chains", Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 28(2), pp. 99-118.

Timmer, Marcel P., Erik Dietzenbacher, Bart Los, Robert Stehrer and Gaaitzen J. de Vries (2015),“An Illustrated User Guide to the World Input-Output Database: the Case of Global Automotive Production. Review of International Economics 23(3), 575-605

Los, B., M.P. Timmer and G.J. de Vries (2015), “Globalization or Regionalization? A New Approach to Measure International Fragmentation of Value Chains”, Journal of Regional Science, 55(1), 66-92.

Timmer, Marcel P., Bart Los, Robert Stehrer and Gaaitzen J. de Vries (2013), “Fragmentation, Incomes and Jobs. An Analysis of European Competitiveness.” Economic Policy, vol. 28(76),  pp. 613–661.

O’Mahony, M. and M.P. Timmer (2009), “Output, Input and Productivity Measures at the Industry Level: the EU KLEMS Database”, Economic Journal, 119(538), pp. 374-403.

Feenstra, R., A. Heston, M.P. Timmer and H. Deng (2009), “Estimating Real Production and Expenditures Across Nations: A Proposal for Improving the Penn World Tables”, Review of Economics and Statistics, 91(1), pp. 201-12.

Ark, van B., M. O’Mahony and M.P. Timmer (2008), “The Productivity Gap between Europe and the U.S.: Trends and Causes”, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 22(1), pp.  25–44.

Los, B. and M.P. Timmer (2005), “The ‘Appropriate Technology’ Explanation of Productivity Growth Differentials: An Empirical Approach”, Journal of Development Economics, 77(2), 517-31.

Timmer, M.P., J. Veenstra and J. Woltjer (2016),” The Yankees of Europe? A New View on Technology and Productivity in German Manufacturing in the Early Twentieth Century", Journal of Economic History, 76(3), 874-908.

Cavallo, Alberto, W. Erwin Diewert, Robert C. Feenstra, Robert Inklaar, and Marcel P. Timmer. 2018."Using Online Prices for Measuring Real Consumption across Countries." AEA Papers and Proceedings, 108: 483-87.

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Nettelbosje 2
9747 AE Groningen
The Netherlands

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