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Eric Bartelsman (1960) is Professor of Economics at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam and General Director of the Tinbergen Institute. He holds a BS from MIT and a PhD from Columbia University. Prior to his appointment at VU in 2000, he served as economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, as advisor to CPB Netherlands, and as Head of Economic Research at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands. In 2007 and 2008 he was a member of the Netherlands Council of Economic Advisors (REA), in 2012-13 he was non-resident Fellow of DG ECFin and from 2013-17 he was a Research Visitor at the ECB. His teaching ranges from first-year lectures to PhD seminars. His research interests are in the area of productivity growth, both from a micro and macro vantage point, and have led to publications in top journals. Bartelsman is a Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and IZA Bonn.


Determinants of Productivity
Firm dynamics and factor (re)allocation


Macro Principles; Advanced Macro (MSc); Frictions and Resource Allocation (TI)

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Selected Research Output 1994 2018

Employment protection, technology choice, and worker allocation

Gautier, P. A., Bartelsman, E. J. & de Wind, J. 2016 In : International Economic Review. 57, 3, p. 787-826

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Employment protection
Employment protection legislation
Technology choice

Forecasting Aggregate Productivity using Information from Firm-level Data

Bartelsman, E. J. & Wolf, Z. 2014 In : Review of Economics and Statistics. 96, 4, p. 745-755

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

time series
Firm-level data
Aggregate productivity

Cross-Country Differences in Productivity: The Role of Allocation and Selection

Bartelsman, E. J., Haltiwanger, J. & Scarpetta, S. 2013 In : American Economic Review. 103, 1, p. 305-334

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Country differences
Heterogeneous firms
Firm-level data

Comparative analysis of firm demographics and survival: Evidence from micro-level sources in OECD countries

Bartelsman, E., Scarpetta, S. & Schivardi, F. Jun 2005 In : Industrial and Corporate Change. 14, 3, p. 365-391 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Comparative analysis
OECD countries
Social security
Firm size

Why pay more? Corporate tax avoidance through transfer pricing in OECD countries

Bartelsman, E. J. & Beetsma, R. 2003 In : Journal of Public Economics. 87, 9-10, p. 2225-2252 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Corporate tax rates
Tax avoidance
OECD countries
Corporate tax
Income shifting

Understanding Productivity: Lessons from Longitudinal Microdata

Bartelsman, E. J. & Doms, M. 2000 In : The Journal of Economic Literature. 83, 3, p. 569-594 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2001 2012

  • 5 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Editorial work

Tijdschrift voor Openbare Financien (Journal)

Bartelsman, E. (Member of editorial board), Gradus, R. (Member of editorial board), Hofkes, M. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: ScientificEditorial work

Industrial and Corporate Change (Journal)

Bartelsman, E. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: ScientificEditorial work

Cross country Differences in Productivity: The role of allocative efficiency

Bartelsman, E. (Speaker), J. Haltiwanger (Speaker), S. Scarpetta (Speaker)
1 Aug 2006

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Integrating Expenditure and Income Data: What to Do with the Statistical Discrepancy?

J.J. Beaulieu (Speaker), Bartelsman, E. (Speaker)
17 Apr 2004

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Fostering excellence: Challenges for productivity growth in Europe

B. van Ark (Speaker), Bartelsman, E. (Speaker)
18 Jun 2004

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation