Globalization, Growth and Development

Coordinator: prof. dr. C.T.M. Elbers

Lecturers: prof. dr. C.T.M. Elbers

  • Chris Elbers
    Chris Elbers
Chris Elbers


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Fields:Development, applied micro

Professor Chris Elbers (PhD Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is holder of the Desmond Tutu Chair for Youth, Sports, and Reconciliation in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEWEB-VU). He has collaborated with researchers from (a.o.) Yale University, the University of California at Berkeley, Cape Town University, Stellenbosch University, Oxford University (UK), the World Bank, Unicef and the ILO. He is director of the Amsterdam Institute for International Development, member of the board of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, member of the scientific advisory board of the Amsterdam Health and Technology Institute, and fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and the European Union Development Network.

Research interest:

Economics of developing countries, both micro and macro; impact evaluation of development policy; measurement and small-area estimation of poverty and inequality; big data methods.


MSc economics: Microeconomics for development; globalization, growth and development
BSc economics: Development economics and emerging markets; international trade
Tinbergen Institute: Development economics
Amsterdam University College: advanced macroeconomics


Numerous reports commissioned by the World Bank, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department for International Development (DFID), Government of Indonesia, Unicef, United Nations, EU.


Elbers, Chris, and Jan Willem Gunning. 2015. “What Do Development NGOs Achieve?”. Chapter 33 in Célestin Monga and Justin Yifu Lin (eds): The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics. Volume 2: Policies and Practices. Oxford: Oxford UP.

Elbers, Chris, and Jan Willem Gunning, 2014. “Evaluation of Development Programs: Randomized Controlled Trials or Regressions?”. World Bank Economic Review.

Elbers, Chris, Jan Willem Gunning, and Lei Pan: “Insurance and Rural Welfare: What Can Panel Data Tell Us?”, Applied Economics, 2009, 41, (24), p3093-3101.

Elbers, Chris, Peter Lanjouw, Johan Mistiaen, and Berk Özler: “Reinterpreting Between-Group Inequality”, Journal of Economic Inequality, 2008, 6, (3), p231-245.

Elbers, Chris, Jan Willem Gunning, and Bill Kinsey: “Growth and Risk: Methodology and Micro Evidence”, World Bank Economic Review, 2007, Vol. 21 (1), p1-20.

Course objective

Aim of the course is to study aspects of globalization, growth and development that are fruitfully studied from the perspective of the economics discipline. After following the course the student will
– know the basic facts concerning the topics discussed in the course
– have a thorough understanding of these topics, in particular their economic dimension
– have learnt various empirical research techniques that can be applied within this field of economics
– be able to present and discuss current journal articles and book chapters on globalization

Course content

Globalization poses both challenges and offers opportunities to rich and poor countries. The course focuses on a number of themes that have been central in the academic and public discussion of recent trends in the world economy. Among them are:
• Relationship between growth, trade and poverty
• Globalization and inequality
• Trade shocks, resources and civil conflict
• Environmental and labour standards
• Volatility of terms-of-trade
• Institutions
• Migration
• Financial stability
More topics in globalization are introduced in the course in the form of student presentations. The course stresses the importance of empirical research and devotes significant time to the empirical strategies that have been used by researchers in studying globalization.

Course reading

Selected articles

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