Prof. Dr. Adam Szirmai

Professorial fellow

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation

Adam Eddy Szirmai

Adam Eddy Szirmai is Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT and Professor of Development Economics at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance of Maastricht University. His research focuses on international comparisons of growth and productivity in manufacturing in developing countries. He has been involved in research projects in manufacturing in Indonesia, China, South Korea, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa and Japan. A second research focus concerns the relationships between innovation, technological change and economic performance at sectoral level. A third research interest concerns the determinants of long-run growth, catch up and stagnation in developing countries. His research has a strong emphasis on empirical measurement of levels and trends in economic performance. Eddy Szirmai is engaged in ongoing research on changes in the global structure and location of production from 1950 till present.

The second edition of his textbook on development studies Socio-Economic Development was published by Cambridge University Press in June 2015. An accompanying website has been developed, with time series of economic and social indicators for developing countries: Recent books include Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Development, co-edited with Wim Naudé and Micheline Goedhuys (Oxford University Press, 2011), Pathways to Industrialisation in the 21st Century, co-edited with Wim Naudé and Ludovico Alcorta (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Structural Change and Industrial Development in the BRICS, coedited with Wim Naudé and Nobuya Haraguchi (Oxford University Press, 2015).

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Selected publications by Adam Szirmai