» Archive for: June, 2012

Rolph van der Hoeven and Peter van Bergeijk just published a column at UN Wider on the basis philosopy of the new ECD research programme Economics of Development and Emerging Markets.


Rolph and Peter argue that one of the most important trends that emerged since the launch of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is the rapid growth of some large developing countries such as China, India, and Brazil.  Current IMF projections indicate that by 2015 the principal providers of official development assistance (ODA)—Europe, Japan, the US—will be producing less than 50 per cent of total world GDP. Already before the financial crisis it was clear that this geo-economic shift would have to have an impact on the norms and values of the global system (van Bergeijk 2009). In this Angle article they argue that a post-2015 framework for development needs to be based on a global social contract, relevant to people in the South and the North, rather than being dominated by development aid professionals and merely applicable to the South.



Category: New Staff

29 Jun 2012

Irene van Staveren recently joined the new ISS research programme Economics of Development and Emerging Markets (EDEM).

Irene’s most recent working paper tests the Lehman Sisters Hypothesis. This hypothesis, often posed in political discussions about the origins of the financial crisis, states that if women had run the banks, we would not have had this crisis. She will present this paper tomorrow at the annual conference of the International Association For Feminist Economics, held in Barcelona this year. The paper reviews relevant empirical literature on gender differences in economic behaviour and does an empirical test among Dutch bankers. This is an exploratory survey among 111 financial professionals asking about attitudes before and since the crisis. The results confirm the hypothesis but need further support from additional empirical research with representative samples.


Peter van Bergeijk held the opening speech at the CERES Summer School in 2012. Peter talked (as acting director) not only about the policy context in the Netherlands that is quite hostile to development studies but also about the successes of the national research school CERES, including the successful evaluation of ISS research and the number of PhD students that received their training at ISS (see the final dia of the attached summer school presentation).

The summer school had strong participation from Erasmus University Staff of PhD students (both from ISS, RSM and ESE).


Book launch Do we ever learn?

Tuesday June 19 2012 at 16.00 during the ISS summer book launch Peter van Bergeijk and Annet van Geen will present a book written in commemoration of Karel Jansen. The book contains contributions by Veronica B. Bayangos, Arjun Singh Bedi, Peter A.G. van Bergeijk, Geske Dijkstra, Djalita Fialho, Valpy FitzGerald, Annet van Geen, Rolph van der Hoeven, Luis Carlos Jemio, Le Tan Nghiem, Syed Mansoob Murshed, Howard Nicholas, Max Spoor and Robert Vos. The collection of essays  provides a good picture of the topics in which Karel was involved during his career at ISS that started in 1975. The contributions are organzied into five sections that cover the scientific topics that have always interested Karel: money, the Asian NICS, the micro-macro paradox, global institutions, and financial crises. The five sections cluster essays that deal with a perspective that was characteristic of the scientific work of Karel.

Peter van Bergeijk and Annet van Geen (eds) Do we ever learn? Liber Amoricum in remembrance of Karel Jansen, ISS:

The Hague, 2012,  ISBN/EAN: 978-94-91478-03-1

Introduction: Do we ever learn? – Peter A.G. van Bergeijk
Karel Jansen – No punches pulled – Arjun Singh Bedi
Part I Money And Development 11
Monetary economics and development – Valpy FitzGerald
Increasing policy space by adding instruments: The case for capital controls – Rob Vos
Money and finance for development during the 1980s and beyond – Luis Carlos Jemio

Part II Vietnam And Poverty Reduction 21
Vietnam: Inclusive growth with poverty reduction? – Max Spoor
Risk-management in the Mekong river delta – Le Tan Nghiem and Arjun S. Bedi

Part III It Is Micro And Macro, Stupid! 27
Micro-macro divides and paradoxes – Syed Mansoob Murshed
Remittances and competitiveness: Tracing the relationship through a unit labour cost analysis – Veronica B. Bayangos

Part IV Global Institutions Under Fire
The least developed country (LDC) category: Appeasing voices of discontent – Djalita Fialho
The IMF explaining inflation in Suriname: A case of cognitive dissonance or plain old-fashioned duplicity? – Howard Nicholas

Part V Never Waste A Financial Crisis
Perspectives on the Greek debt crisis: Lessons from earlier debt crises – Geske Dijkstra
Financial globalization and the current labour market crisis in developing countries – Rolph van der Hoeven
The dog that barked – Peter A.G. van Bergeijk

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