Groningen’s role in the STEG project will be to work with local partners in a number of countries to extend the coverage of their existing datasets. The team will also seek to expand the available sectoral input-output data that are essential in making better sense of country-level productivity measures. 

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The Groningen team will be led by Robert Inklaar, a Professor in the Department of Global Economics and Management of the University of Groningen and is a member of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre. His research is focused on output and productivity across countries and over time, and the role of the financial sector in economic performance. Inklaar has a PhD from the University of Groningen (2006) and has been a full professor since 2017. He is an advisor to the World Bank on the International Comparisons Project. He has published extensively in journals including the American Economic Review, AEJ Macro, Journal of Econometrics and the Journal of Development Economics. 
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Marcel Timmer is a member of the Groningen Team. Timmer is a Professor of Economic Growth and Development at Groningen and the Director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC). His expertise is in economic growth and development, trade, productivity measurement and international comparisons. He is currently leading a large research programme funded by the Dutch Science Foundation, titled “Modelling Global Value Chains: a new framework to study trade, jobs and income inequality in an interdependent world”. He directed the development of major research databases on structural change, including the GGDC 10-sector database, the World Input-output Database, World KLEMS productivity database and the Penn-World Tables. He has been a consultant and advisor for organisations such as the OECD, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He is also the lead author of the book Economic Growth in Europe published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. He has published extensively in 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. 
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Gaaitzen de Vries is a member of the Groningen Team and an Associate Professor in the Global Economics and Management department. His expertise is in development economics, trade, and structural change. He is currently a Special Term Visiting Professor of Global Value Chains at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. His work has appeared amongst others in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Economic Policy and the Journal of Development Economics.