Global COE External Evaluation Committee

Björn A. Gustafsson Professor, University of Göteborg, Sweden
Cheng Hsiao Professor of Economics, University of Southern California
Hideo Konishi Professor of Economics, Boston College
Marcel P. Timmer Associate Professor, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Björn A. Gustafsson

Björn A. Gustafsson is professor at the department of Social Work, Göteborg University. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1979 at the same university. Previously he was a senior lecturer in public economics at University College at Örebro. Since 1996 he is Senior Researcher in Social Policy at the Swedish Council of Social Research (SFR). Gustafsson has been commissioned by many public authorities to write special reports or contribute to special reports. Gustafsson's present research covers empirical studies on social assistance, poverty, the distribution of income and immigrants. He has been involved in various comparative studies. Since the mid-1990s is one of his research interest the distribution of income and poverty in China. Gustafsson has published in many journals including American Sociological Review, Asian Economic Journal, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and China Economic Review.

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Cheng Hsiao

Professor Cheng Hsiao was bourn in 1943. He got a B.A. from National Taiwan University (1965), B.Phil. from Oxford University (1968), M.Sc. in statistics from Stanford University (1970), and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University (1972). He was an assistant professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley (1972-1977), an associate professor of Economics at University of Toronto (1977-1980), a professor of Economics at University of Toronto (1980-1985), and currently a professor of economics at University of Southern California (1985-). His field is theoretical and applied econometrics. He is a fellow of Econometric Society, Journal of Econometrics, and Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

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Hideo Konishi

Born in 1964, Professor Hideo Konishi received a BA and a MA in Economics from Kyoto University and Osaka University, respectively, and a Ph.D. in economics from University of Rochester. After serving as Assistant and Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University, he is currently Professor of Economics at Boston College. Professor Konishi's main research interests are the theory of coalition, network and group formation, and he has also worked on its applications to various fields of economics, including public economics, urban economics, industrial organization, and market design. Professor Konishi has been awarded the Nakahara Prize in 2009 from the Japanese Economic Association.

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Marcel P. Timmer

Marcel Timmer (1970) obtained a Ph.D. from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Currently he is director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) and holds a university chair in Economic Growth and Productivity at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen. Timmer participates in various NSF and European Commission programs on productivity and economic growth. In particular, he jointly led the EU KLEMS project, creating a large scale database on measures of growth and productivity at the industry level for the European Union, Japan and the U.S. Currently, he is also heavily involved in the World Input-output Database (WIOD) project. Timmer has extensively published in national and international journals, including the 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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