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Peter_from_cv Peter van Bergeijk and former ISS MA student Sara Lazzaroni give an invited paper “Macroeconomics of Natural Disasters: Meta-Analysis and Policy Options” at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis.

The paper is an input for the Harvard project ‘Methods for Research Synthesis: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach’ that investigates  methods used to summarize existing scientific knowledge in order to make that knowledge applicable for evidence-based policies. Van Bergeijk and Lazzaroni take a critical look at the IPCC special report Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation and the selection of primary studies in that report.

Based on a  meta-analysis of 20 macro-econometric studies van Bergeijk and Lazzaroni show that the IPCC could have been more confident on the negative impact of natural disasters and more transparent on inclusion and qualification of studies if its systematic review of literature had more fully covered the literature and had been complemented by a meta-analysis.

Importantly van Bergeijk and Lazzaroni show that in the emerging field of the macroeconomic impact of natural disasters findings are heavily influenced by modelling strategies and theSara choice of the data set. These factors distort the  evaluation of mitigating instruments.

The workshop takes place at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis on Thursday 3 October 2013 and will be webcast live.

Download the article.


This week, the 2012/2013 MA ECD students presents first draft of their research papers. The Economics of Development students presents their preliminary findings in the areas of the two main specialization: econometric analysis of development policy and the global economy. An overview of the research areas in progress are:

Analyzing the impact of increased opportunity of low and medium skilled migrant labor on human capital accumulation of the migrant: A case of Migrant Youth in Nepal (Anam Basnet, Nepal)

Remittances and Its fiscal implications in the Philippine Economy (Annabelle delos Santos Magno, Philippine)

Harvesting happiness in poverty: Evidence from Bangladesh (Badrun Nessa Ahmed, Bangladesh)

Are the changes in economic growth enough to ensure changes in people’s wellbeing? Evidence from Bolivia (Carla Maria Arinez Sanjinez, Bolivia)

Migration, remittances and human capital development in Ghana (Enyonam Akosua Ganyo, Ghana)

Spillover effects of FDI inflow on the Ethiopian manufacturing firms (Ermias Shewangizaw Getachew, Ethiopia)

Intra-regional Variations of Child Survival in the South Eastaern Region of Nigeria (Esther Oluwafeyikemi Aderinwale, Nigeria)

Evaluating the impact of a demand-side financing healthcare scheme in India (Madhumitha Hebbar Karkada Ramesh, India)

The effect of the interplay of actors on conditional cash transfer programs: the case of Avancemos in Costa Rica (Maria Lourdes Villalobos Alvarez , Costa Rica)

The role of agricultural value chain development in the generation of income of rural poor farmers: Impact of coffee and coca value chain development by TechoServe in Latin America (Marielle Eugenia Herdocia Macias, Nicaragua)

Strikes in the South African mining sector and export revenues: an empirical investigation (Oyedolapo Chiamaka Adeoye, Nigeria)

The performance of domestic construction industry in the successive phases of Ethiopian road construction (Sadia Beshir Mohammed, Ethiopia)

Are natural resource booms benificial for human development – A cross country examination (Samuli, Aleksanteri Sinisalo, Finland)

Is FDI changing? (Qin Shizhe, China)

The effectiveness of tax incentives in attracting foreign direct investment and cost and benefits of the incentive scheme in Ethiopia (Simret Mamuye Bora, Ethiopia)

The impact of oil dependency on Nigeria’s economic growth (Tracy Igberaese, America)

How finance disconnect to Investment? (Wittawat Prayookwong, Thailand)

Clove production in Zanzibar (Zuweina Abdulla Hilal, Tanzania) 

Howard_at_2013_14Dear ECD participants of the year 2013/14, on the behalf of the staff of the programme I would like to welcome you to the ISS and to the programme. There are 42 of you, although not all are present at the moment, which makes you the largest group the programme has ever had, and if I am not mistaken the largest specialisation the ISS has ever had. Congratulations are in order for this. Your group includes 18 Double Degree students from Indonesia, which is also the largest batch of double degree students we have ever had. A special welcome to you.

It is known that the ECD programme is a difficult one and that a considerable amount of hard work is required to get through it. However, we are confident that you will all get through, and we, the staff of the programme, will do our very best to aid you in this process.

I would just like to close this introductory part of the session by wishing you all well with your forthcoming period of study.”

Howard Nicholas is a Convenor of the ECD Programme, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam

Papers on the impact of economic diplomacy by Selwyn Moons (ISS PhD student) and on the economic impact of disasters by Sara Lazzaroni (former ISS MA student) will be presented at the Meta-Analysis of Economics Research Network) colloquium in Greenwich. The papers were co-authored with Peter van Bergeijk.

A Meta-Analysis of economic diplomacy and its effect on international economic flows

Selwyn_MoonsThis meta-analysis deals with 29 empirical studies on the trade and investment impact of economic diplomacy (embassies, consulates and other diplomatic facilities, investment and export promotion offices, trade and state visits). The Meta-Regression results suggest that the significance of the coefficient of economic diplomacy is more pronounced when studies use embassies or state visits as an explanatory variable as compared to studies using consulates, trade missions and export promotion agencies. Furthermore empirical design factors play a role in the reported results of the studies we reviewed. Studies based on a single country will in general show lower significance.

Natural disasters impact, factors of resilience and development: a Meta-Analysis of the macroeconomic literature


We systematize recent macroeconomic empirical literature on the direct and indirect impact of natural disasters providing a meta-analysis of 20 studies published during 2002-2013. We show that the disagreement between these studies is caused by the empirical design, the estimation technique and the resilience factors included in the analyses. The meta-regression suggests that studies that analyse indirect costs have a 88% higher probability to find a positive significant disaster impact than studies of direct costs. If the impact of the disaster is modelled through a disaster indicator, the likelihood of finding a negative and significant disaster impact increases by 64%.

Combining Arts & Economics

Category: research

4 Sep 2013

The professor paintsOpening expositie Afgeleiden / Derivatives op donderdag 12 september om 16.00 uur in de kUBus (tussen de UB en het Q-gebouw op Woudestein, Rotterdam)

Opening exhibition Afgeleiden / Derivatives on Thursday 12 September at 16 hrs, kUBus (between University Library and Q-building at Woudestein Rotterdam)

De rondreizende expositie ‘afgeleiden’ van Peeter Burgeik onderzoekt het begrip originaliteit in de context van (zelf)plagiaat. De expositie biedt de wetenschapper een spiegel die reflecteert dat een zelfde idee waardevol, anders en nieuw kan zijn zelfs als niets anders wordt gedaan dan eerder gebeurde. De bezoeker ervaart zelf dat gelijkenissen verschillen en ontwikkelt daarbij een nieuw perspectief op originaliteit en kwaliteit.

This travelling exhibition by Peeter Burgeik investigates the issue of originality in the context of (self) plagiarism. The different views in the Arts and the scientific discourse are the point of departure for discovering how ideas that are identical can still be completely different and new, but also that ‘original’ works of art can be repetitive reproduction.

Deze expositie wordt op de Woudestein campus van de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam georganiseerd in het kader van de activiteiten die de werkgroep Wetenschappelijke Integriteit het afgelopen jaar heeft ondernomen. Met deze expositie wil zij op een andere manier tegen wetenschappelijke professionaliteit en integriteit aankijken. Het vertrekpunt wordt gevormd door de spanning tussen wetenschappelijke en kunstzinnige opvattingen.

This exhibition is organized on EUR Woudestein campus as part of the initiatives undertaken by the Taskforce Scientific Integrity over the past year. With this exhibition, the Taskforce wants to draw attention to scientific professionalism and integrity in a different manner. The point of departure is the tension between scientific and artistic views.

U wordt van harte uitgenodigd de opening bij te wonen, en de expositie te bezoeken. De expositie is tot het eind van het jaar in de UB te bezichtigen.

We warmly invite you to attend the opening of the exhibition. It will be on display until the end of the year in the University Library.

Het programma ziet er als volgt uit / The programme is as follows:

15.30     inloop / reception area open

16.00     inleiding door Henk Schmidt, rector magnificus / introduction by Henk Schmidt, rector magnificus

16.10     korte presentatie door Rolf Zwaan (Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen, Psychologie) over replicatie-onderzoek / short presentation by Rolf Zwaan (Facutly of Social Sciences, Psychology) on replication research

16.35     opening van de expositie en bezichtiging in de UB en aansluitend een hapje en een drankje / opening of the exhibition and visit in the University Library, followed by drinks

Aanmelding kan via deze link. Het aantal plaatsen is beperkt, inschrijving op volgorde van aanmelding.

Registration via this link. Places are limited.

Graag tot ziens op 12 september!

Looking forward to seeing you on 12 September!

ECD 2013/2014 Batch

Category: MA students

4 Sep 2013

Welcome New Students!

The new ECD batch met with the ECD staff member and EDEM PhD students. The program started with a warm welcome to all new students by the Convenor of the ECD major, Howard Nicholson . Then, students briefly introduced themselves with their motivation to choose the ISS and ECD major. During the welcoming, Howard Nicholson presented the outline of the ECD programme and Peter van Bergeijk presented the outline of the EDEM research programme. Last but not least, welcome and few words of advice presented by EDEM PhD student, Binyam Afewerk Demena in behalf of the class representative of the 2012-13 ECD batch.

The new ECD batch constitutes 43 students of which 17 female and 26 male from 17 countries. This level is the highest in history of the specialization.

Warm welcome, Howard Nicholson





Brief introduction and motivation for ISS and ECD, students

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ECD staff introduction and brief outline of few courses





Having coffee and tea in the break of the presentation

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Outline of the EDEM research programme, Peter van Bergeijk





Few words of advice, Binyam Afewerk Demena









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Economics of Development (ECD) is a Major in the MA in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the ECD teaching team.