GeneralI joined the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen in the Spring of 1998. Before going to Groningen, I held full-time academic positions at the University of Amsterdam (1993-1998), Erasmus University (1991-1993), Monash University (Australia, 1990-1991), and the University of Tasmania (Australia, 1984-1990). From August 1995 - December 1999, I was the Director of the Netherlands Network of Economics (Netwerk Algemene en Kwantitatieve Economie, or NAKE, in Dutch). I hold Dutch degrees from Erasmus University (Kandidaats [Bachelor], 1977; Doctorandus [Master], 1980) and obtained my doctorate from Simon Fraser University (Canada, Ph.D., 1984).
ResearchMy research focuses on (what I consider to be) policy-relevant (theoretical) macroeconomics. Topics includė: ageing and macroeconomic performance, annuitization and the macro-economy, and environmental macroeconomics. I am a Senior Researcher of Netspar, a network dedicated to the study of ageing and pension issues. I joined the editorial board of De Economist in January 2005. Founded in 1852, De Economist is one of the oldest surviving professional economics journal in the world. My publications include articles in the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, International Economic Review, Review of Economic Dynamics, Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Economics Letters, IMF Staff Papers, Oxford Economic Papers, De Economist, Journal of Macroeconomics, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Resource and Energy Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, and Environmental and Resource Economics.
Teaching 2016 - 2017
My textbook: Foundations of Modern Macroeconomics (Third Edition)
My textbook: Public Economics (in progress)
Supporting sites for the current version of the macroeconomics text (second edition)
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