Prof. Dr. Adam Szirmai

Professorial fellow

Research group(s):
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
1. The 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: http://www.dynamicsofdevelopment.com. 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


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Lavopa, Alejandro & Adam Szirmai, 2018, Structural modernisation and development traps: An empirical approach, World Development, 112: 59-73, DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.07.005, More information
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2018, Poverty Accounting, European Economic Review, 104: 237-255, DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2018.03.003, More information
Lavopa, Alejandro & Adam Szirmai, 2018, Structural Modernization and Underdevelopment Traps: An Empirical Approach, World Development, 112: 59-73
Wang, Lili, Huub Meijers & Adam Szirmai, 2017, Technological spillovers and industrial growth in Chinese regions, Industrial and Corporate Change, 26(2): 233-257, DOI: 10.1093/icc/dtw022, More information
Szirmai, Adam, 2016, Review of ‘The Southeast Asian Experience. Review of the Handbook of Southeast Asian Economies’ edited by Ian Coxhead, Asian Pacific Literature, June: 139-143
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2016, The Dynamics of Stagnation: A Panel Analysis of the Onset and Continuation of Stagnation, Macro-Economic Dynamics, 20(8): 2010-45, DOI: 10.1017/S1365100515000231, More information
Szirmai, Adam & Bart Verspagen, 2015, Manufacturing and Economic Growth in Developing Countries, 1950-2005, Structural change and Economic Dynamics, 34: 46-59, DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2015.06.002, More information
Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2013, The Unexpected Convergence of Regional Productivity in Chinese Industry, 1978-2005, Oxford Development Studies, 41: 29-53, DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2012.756464, More information
Naudé, Wim & Adam Szirmai, 2013, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Development, European Business Review(Sep/Oct): 51-54
Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2013, The Unexpected Convergence of Regional Productivity in Chinese Industry, Oxford Development Studies, 41(1): 29-53, More information
Szirmai, Adam & G. Rooks, 2012, Network structure and innovative performance of African entrepreneurs: The case of Uganda, Journal of African Economies, 21: 609-636, DOI: 10.1093/jae/ejs011, More information
Szirmai, Adam, 2012, Industrialisation as an Engine of Growth in Developing Countries, 1950-2005, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 23(4): 406-20, DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2011.01.005, More information
Rooks, G. , Adam Szirmai & A. Sserwanga, 2012, Network Structure and Innovative Performance. The Case of Ugandan Entrepreneurs, Journal of African Economies, 21(4): 609-636, More information
Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2012, Capital inputs in the Chinese economy: Estimates for the total economy, industry and manufacturing, China Economic Review, 23(1): 81-104, DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2011.08.002, More information
Szirmai, Adam & M. van Dijk, 2011, The Micro-Dynamics Of Catch-Up In Indonesian Paper Manufacturing, Review of Income and Wealth , 57: 61-83, DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4991.2010.00431.x, More information
Dijk, M. van & Adam Szirmai, 2011, The Micro-Dynamics of Catch Up in Indonesian Paper Manufacturing: An International Comparison of Plant-Level Performance, Review of Income and Wealth, 57(1): 61-83, More information
Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2008, Productivity Growth and Structural Change in Chinese Manufacturing, 1980–2002, Industrial and Corporate Change, 17(4): 841-874, More information
Kesidou, Effie & Adam Szirmai, 2008, Local Knowledge Spillovers, Innovation and Export Performance in Developing Countries. Empirical Evidence from the Uruguay Software Cluster, European Journal of Development Research, 20(2): 281-98, More information
Jacob, Jojo & Adam Szirmai, 2007, International knowledge spillovers to developing countries: the case of Indonesia, Review of Development Economics, 11(3): 550-565, More information
Dijk, Michiel van & Adam Szirmai, 2007, Technical Efficiency and Embodied Technical Change in the Indonesian Pulp and Paper Industry, Journal of International Development, 18: 163-178
Dijk, Michiel van & Adam Szirmai, 2007, Industrial Policy and Technology Diffusion in Developing Countries: Paper Making Machinery in Indonesia, 1923-2000, World Development, 34(12): 2137-2152
Jonker, M., H. Romijn & Adam Szirmai, 2006, Technological Effort, Technological Capabilities and Economic Peformance in Manufacturing in Developing Countries, Technovation, 26
Wang, Ling & Adam Szirmai, 2005, Comparative Analysis of Capital Productivity in China’s High-Tech Industries, China and World Economy, 13(2)
Szirmai, Adam & Bart Verspagen, 2003, Introduction, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 14: 361-364
Szirmai, Adam & Bart Verspagen (eds.), 2003, Technology and the Economy, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 14: 361-364
Brink, J. van den & Adam Szirmai, 2002, The Tanzanian Scrap Cycle, Technovation, 22: 187-197
Szirmai, Adam, M. Timmer & R. van der Kamp, 2002, Measuring Embodied Technological Change in Development. The Core Machinery Approach, Journal of Development Studies, 39(2): 155-177
Szirmai, Adam, Manyin Bai & R. Ren, 2002, Labour Productivity Trends in Chinese Manufacturing, 1980-99, China Economic Quarterly, 1(4): 863-881
Szirmai, Adam & R. Ren, 2000, Comparative Performance in Chinese Manufacturing, 1980-92, China Economic Review, 11(1): 16-53
Timmer, M. & Adam Szirmai, 2000, Productivity in Asian Manufacturing: The Structural Bonus Hypothesis Examined, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 11: 370 ff-
Timmer, M. & Adam Szirmai, 1999, Comparative Productivity Performance in Manufacturing in South and East Asia, 1960-93, Oxford Development Studies, 27: 57-79
Shepherd, W.F., Adam Szirmai & D.S. Prasada Rao, 1998, Indonesian Manufacturing Sector Output and Productivity: An Australian Comparative Perspective, 1975-1990, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies
Szirmai, Adam, 1996, Koplopers en achterblijvers, Europa Periodiek, 13(1): 39-40
Szirmai, Adam, 1994, Real Output and Labour Productivity in Indonesian Manufacturing, 1975-1990, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 30(3): 49-90
Szirmai, Adam, 1990, Comparisons of Purchasing Power, Real Output and Labour Productivity in Manufacturing in Japan, South Korea and the USA, 1975-85, Review of Income and Wealth, 36(1): 1-31
Szirmai, Adam, 1987, Een wetenschappelijke fundering van het politieke debat - het Sociaal en Cultureel Rapport 1986, Socialisme en Democratie, 5, pp. 163-167
Szirmai, Adam, 1984, How do we Really Feel about Income Equalization, The Netherlands Journal of Sociology, 20(2): 115-133
Szirmai, Adam, 1983, Review article Naar een vergadermodel voor menselijk geluk, Sociologische Gids, 4, pp.: 318-331
Szirmai, Adam, 1983, Wat vinden wij werkelijk van de inkomensnivellering?, De Gids, jrg. 146, nr. , pp(2/3): 143-156
Szirmai, Adam, 1982, Nivelleringsethos. Opvattingen over inkomensongelijkheid, Sociologisch Tijdschrift, 9(2): 175-211
Szirmai, Adam, 1982, Nivelleringsethos. Een weerwoord, Sociologisch Tijdschrift, 9(3): 510-519
Szirmai, Adam, 1982, Review article Machtsnivellering of machtspolarisatie, Sociologische Gids, XXIX(1): 59-75
Szirmai, Adam, 1981, Matigingsbereidheid en het dilemma der gevangenen, Economisch Statistische Berichten: 912-919
Szirmai, Adam, 1978, Theorie als intellektueel simulatiemodel, Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift: 346-368
Szirmai, Adam, 1976, Integratie tussen ekonomie en sociologie, Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, 3(1): 89-99
Szirmai, Adam & J. Donkers, 1975, Pleidooi voor reikwijdte in de Sociologie, De Revisor: 45-52
Szirmai, Adam & J. Donkers, 1972, Wertheim en het geloof in de vooruitgang, De Gids, 4: 338-346


Book chapters
Grazzi, Matteo, Carlo Pietrobelli & Adam Szirmai, 2016, Determinants of enterprise performance in Latin America and the Caribbean: What does the micro-evidence tell us? , in: Inter-American Development Bank, Grazzi, Matteo, Pietrobelli, Carlo (Eds.), Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Engine of Economic Development , Palgrave Macmillan, US, DOI: 10.1057/978-1-349-58151-1_1, More information
Grazzi, Matteo, Carlo Pietrobelli & Adam Szirmai, 2016, Innovation and productivity in Latin American and Caribbean firms: Conclusions , in: Inter-American Development Bank, Grazzi, Matteo, Pietrobelli, Carlo (Eds.), Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Engine of Economic Development , Palgrave Macmillan, US, DOI: 10.1057/978-1-349-58151-1_10, More information
Pietrobelli, Carlo, Matteo Grazzi & Adam Szirmai, 2016, 'Innovation and Productivity in Latin American and Caribbean Firms: Conclusions’, in: C. Pietrobelli and M. Grazzi (eds.), Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank/Palgrave MacMillan, New York,, New York
Pietrobelli, Carlo, Matteo Grazzi & Adam Szirmai, 2016, ‘Determinants of Enterprise Performance in Latin American and the Caribbean. What Does the Micro Evidence Tell Us?’, in: C. Pietrobelli and M. Grazzi (eds.), Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank/Palgrave MacMillan, New York, New York, USA
Szirmai, Adam, 2016, The Sources of Socio-Economic Development, in: Gregory Hooks (ed.), The Sociology of Development Handbook, California University Press,, Berkeley, California, USA
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2015, Poor Trends: The Pace of Poverty Reduction after the Millennium Development Agenda, in: L. Haddad, H. Kato and N. Meisel (eds), Growth is Dead. Long Live Growth. The Quality of Economic Growth and Why it Matters, AFD, IDS and Jica, Tokyo
Naudé, Wim, Adam Szirmai & Alejandro Lavopa, 2015, Industrialisation and Technological Change in the BRICS. The Role of Foreign and Domestic Investment, in: W. Naudé, A. Szirmai and N. Haraguchi (eds.), Structural Change and Industrial Development in the BRICS, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Naudé, Wim, Adam Szirmai & Nobuya Haraguchi, 2015, Conclusion, in: W. Naudé, A. Szirmai and N. Haraguchi (eds.), Structural Change and Industrial Development in the BRICS, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Naudé, Wim, Adam Szirmai & Nobuya Haraguchi, 2015, Introduction and Overview, in: W, Naudé, A. Szirmai and N. Haraguchi (eds.), Structural Change and Industrial Development in the BRICS, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Ramani, Shyama V. & Adam Szirmai, 2014, Innovation in India: The Challenge of Combining Economic Growth with Inclusive Development, in: S. Ramani (ed.), Innovation in India: Combining Economic Growth with Inclusive Development, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139794640.002, More information
Mupela, Evans & Adam Szirmai, 2014, Communication Costs and Trade in Sub Saharan Africa: A Gravity Approach, in: T. F. Bissyandé and G. van Stam (eds.), e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries, Springer, Heidelberg
Naudé, Wim & Adam Szirmai, 2013, Pathways to Industrialization: Summary and Overview’, in: A. Szirmai, W. Naudé and L. Alcorta (eds), Pathways to Industrialisation in the 21st Century, New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Szirmai, Adam, 2013, Manufacturing and Economic Development, in: A. Szirmai, W. Naude and L. Alcorta (eds.), Pathways to Industrialization in the 21st Century. New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Szirmai, Adam, Wim Naudé & Ludovico Alcorta, 2013, Introduction and Overview: The Past, Present and Future of Industrialization, in: A. Szirmai, W.Naudé and L. Alcorta (eds.),, Pathways to Industrialization in the 21st Century. New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Szirmai, Adam, 2013, Explaining Success and Failure in Development, in: D.S. Prasada Rao and B. van Ark (eds.), World Economic Performance, Past, Present and Future, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, More information
Szirmai, Adam, Micheline Goedhuys & Wim Naudé, 2011, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development: An Overview , in: Szirmai, A., Naudé, W., Goedhuys, M. (eds), Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development, Oxford University Press, Oxford, DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596515.003.0001, More information
Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2011, Regional Productivity Trends in Chinese Industry, in: Harry X. Wu, Xu, Xianchun, Yue Ximing and Li Shi (eds), Growth, Productivity and Income Distribution – Macro- and Micro-Measurement Issues in Transition Economies, Peking University Press, Beijing
Szirmai, Adam, Wim Naudé & Micheline Goedhuys (eds.), 2011, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development: An Overview, in: Szirmai, A., Naudé, W., Goedhuys, M, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Rooks, G. , Adam Szirmai & A. Sserwanga, 2010, The Interplay of Human and Social Capital in Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: The Case of Uganda, in: Naudé, W. (ed.), Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries, Palgrave Press, UK
Szirmai, Adam & R. Ren, 2007, Measuring Labour Productivity in Chinese Manufacturing: Statistical Problems and Solutions, in: B. Pant (Ed.), National Accounts of the People¿s Republic of China. Measurement Issues, Recent Developments and the Way Forward, ADB, Manilla
Ren, R. & Adam Szirmai, 2005, Evaluation of Chinese Growth Rates for Manufacturing GDP, in: Yue Ximing, Zhang Shguang, Xu Xianchun (eds), The Growth Rate of the Chinese Economy, Research and Discussion, Citic Publishing House, Beijing
Szirmai, Adam, M. Timmer & R. van der Kamp, 2002, Growth of the Capital Stock and Technological Change in the Indonesian Textile Industry, in: J. Th. Lindblad, (ed.), Asian Growth and Foreign Capital, Case Studies from Eastern Asia, Netherlands Economic Historical Archive (NEHA)/Aksant Academic Publishers, Amsterdam
Bongenaar, B. & Adam Szirmai, 2002, The Role of a Research and Development Institute in the Development and Diffusion of Technology, in: M.P. van Dijk and H. Sandee (eds), Innovation in Small Industry in the Third World, Elgar, UK
Bongenaar, B. & Adam Szirmai, 2001, The Role of a Research and Development Institute in the Development and Diffusion of Technology: The Case of TIRDO, in: Szirmai and Lapperre (eds.), The Industrial Experience of Tanzania, Palgrave, Houndmills/Basingstoke
Szirmai, Adam, M. Prins & W. Schulte, 2001, Measuring Manufacturing Performance in Tanzania, in: A. Szirmai and P. Lapperre (eds.), The Industrial Experience of Tanzania, Palgrave, Houndmills/Basingstoke
Engelen, D. van, Adam Szirmai & P. Lapperre, 2001, Public Policy and the Industrial Development of Tanzania, 1961-1995, in: A. Szirmai and P. Lapperre (eds.), The Industrial Experience of Tanzania, Palgrave, Houndmills/Basingstoke
Szirmai, Adam & P. Lapperre, 2001, Introduction, in: A. Szirmai and P. Lapperre (eds.), The Industrial Experience of Tanzania, Palgrave, Houndmills/Basingstoke
Szirmai, Adam, 2000, Technologie als drijvende kracht in ontwikkeling, in: J.J.F. Heins en G.D. Thijs (eds.), Ontwikkelingsvraagstukken 2000+, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Szirmai, Adam & R. Ren, 1998, Chinese Manufacturing in Comparative Perspective, in: M. Fouquin and F. Lemoine, (eds.), The Chinese Economy, Economica, London
Kamp, R. van der, Adam Szirmai & M. Timmer, 1998, The Role of Technology in the Indonesian Textile Industry, in: H. Hill and Thee Kian Wie (eds.), Indonesia’s Technological Challenge, Institute of South East Asian Studies/ Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Canberra/Singapore
Szirmai, Adam & R. Ren, 1997, Assessing Growth Rates in China, in: Ren Ruoen, Economic Performance in International Perspective, OECD Development Centre, Paris
Szirmai, Adam & Andreas Reinstaller, 1997, The Estimation of China's GDP in ICOP framework, in: Ren Ruoen, China's Economic Performance in International Perspective, OECD Development Centre, Paris
Szirmai, Adam, 1997, De tegenstrijdigheden van Arthur Lewis, in: B. van Heerikhuizen (ed.), Buitenstaanders, Opstellen aangeboden aan Piet Nijhoff, Spinhuis, the Netherlands
Szirmai, Adam, 1991, Explaining Variation in Attitudes towards Income Inequality, in: R. Vermunt and A. Steensma (eds.), Social Justice in Human Relations Vol. 2, Plenum press, New York
Szirmai, Adam, 1982, Nivelleringsethos, in: J.J. Godschalk en P.L.J. Hermkens (eds.), Sociologie en inkomensbeleid, NSAV, Rotterdam
Szirmai, Adam, 1977, Impressions of a Symposium, in: T. Huppes, (ed.), Economics and Sociology. Towards an Integration, Stenfert Kroese, Leiden


Books (monograph or edited volume)
Naudé, Wim, Adam Szirmai & Nobuya Haraguchi, 2015, Structural Change and Industrial Development in the BRICS, Oxford University Press, Oxford, More information
Szirmai, Adam, 2015, Socio-Economic Development, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, 791 pages, More information
Szirmai, Adam, Wim Naudé & Ludovico Alcorta (eds.), 2013, Pathways to Industrialization in the 21st Century, New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 443, More information
Szirmai, Adam, Wim Naudé & Nobuya Haraguchi (eds.), 2012, UNIDO, Structural Change, Poverty Reduction and Industrial Policy in the BRICS, edited by A. Szirmai, W. Naudé and N. Haraguchi, Vienna, UNIDO and UNU-MERIT, 2012, UNIDO, Vienna, (179 pp.), More information
Szirmai, Adam, Wim Naudé & Micheline Goedhuys (eds.), 2011, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development, Oxford University Press, Oxford, More information
Szirmai, Adam, 2005, The Dynamics of Socio-Economic Development. An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 711 pp, More information
Szirmai, Adam & P. Lapperre (eds.), 2001, The Industrial Experience of Tanzania, Palgrave, Houndmills/Basingstoke, 411 pp, More information
Szirmai, Adam, Bart Verspagen & J. Halman (eds.), 1999, Innovation in Theory and Practice, Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies, Eindhoven, More information
Szirmai, Adam, 1997, Economic and Social Development. Trends, Problems and Policies, Prentice Hall, London, New York, 483 pp, More information
Szirmai, Adam, 1994, Ontwikkelingslanden - Dynamiek en Stagnatie, Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen, 540 pp, More information
Szirmai, Adam, B. van Ark & D. Pilat (eds.), 1993, Explaining Economic Growth. Essays in Honour of Angus Maddison, Elsevier/North Holland, the Netherlands, 500 pp, More information
Szirmai, Adam, 1988, Inequality Observed. A Study of Attitudes towards Income Inequality, Avebury Press, Aldershot, 550 pp, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Mensah, Emmanuel Buadi, Solomon Owusu, Neil Foster-McGregor & Adam Szirmai, 2018, Structural change, productivity growth and labour market turbulence in Africa, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2018-025
Mensah, Emmanuel Buadi & Adam Szirmai, 2018, Africa Sector Database (ASD): Expansion and update, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2018-020
Naudé, Wim, Adam Szirmai & Nobuya Haraguchi, 2016, Structural transformation in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-016
Castillo, Juan Carlos & Adam Szirmai, 2016, Mexican manufacturing and its integration into global value chains, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-001
Foster-McGregor, Neil, Ibrahima Kaba & Adam Szirmai, 2015, Structural change and the ability to sustain growth, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-048
Grazzi, Matteo, Carlo Pietrobelli & Adam Szirmai, 2015, The performance of firms in Latin America and the Caribbean: Microeconomic factors and the role of innovation, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-041
Lavopa, Alejandro & Adam Szirmai, 2015, Industrialisation in Time and Space, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-039
Broich, Tobias, Adam Szirmai & Kaj Thomsson, 2015, Precolonial centralisation, foreign aid and modern state capacity in Africa, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-025
Lavopa, Alejandro & Adam Szirmai, 2014, Structural modernization and development traps: An empirical approach, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-076
Broich, Tobias & Adam Szirmai, 2014, China's economic embrace of Africa - An international comparative perspective, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-049
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2014, Poor trends - The pace of poverty reduction after the Millennium Development Agenda, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-006
Szirmai, Adam, 2013, Institutions and economic growth: Summary and synthesis, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-070
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2013, Do weak institutions prolong crises? On the identification, characteristics, and duration of declines during economic slumps, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-069
Szirmai, Adam, Mulu Gebreeyesus, Francesca Guadagno & Bart Verspagen, 2013, Promoting productive employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: A review of the literature, A report prepared for the Knowledge Platform Development Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-062
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2013, The pace of poverty reduction - A fractional response approach, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-051
Wang, Lili, Huub Meijers & Adam Szirmai, 2013, Technological spillovers and industrial growth in Chinese regions, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-044
Lavopa, Alejandro & Adam Szirmai, 2012, Industrialization, employment and poverty, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-081
Mupela, Evans & Adam Szirmai, 2012, Communication costs and trade in Sub-Saharan Africa, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-060
Naudé, Wim & Adam Szirmai, 2012, The importance of manufacturing in economic development: Past, present and future perspectives, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-041
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2012, Explaining the dynamics of stagnation: An empirical examination of the North, Wallis and Weingast approach, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-040
Bluhm, Richard & Adam Szirmai, 2012, Institutions and long-run growth performance: An analytic literature review of the institutional determinants of economic growth, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-033
Szirmai, Adam, 2012, Proximate, intermediate and ultimate causality: Theories and experiences of growth and development, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-032
Szirmai, Adam & Bart Verspagen, 2011, Manufacturing and Economic Growth in Developing Countries, 1950-2005, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-069
Szirmai, Adam, 2011, Angus Maddison and Development Economics, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-035
Vertesy, Daniel & Adam Szirmai, 2010, Interrupted innovation: Innovation system dynamics in latecomer aerospace industries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-059
Vertesy, Daniel & Adam Szirmai, 2010, Brazilian aerospace manufacturing in comparative perspective: A Brazil/USA comparison of output and productivity, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-032
Mirza, Bilal & Adam Szirmai, 2010, Towards a new measurement of energy poverty: A cross-community analysis of rural Pakistan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-024
Szirmai, Adam, 2009, Industrialisation as an engine of growth in developing countries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2009-010
Kesidou, E. & Adam Szirmai, 2008, Local Knowledge Spillovers, Innovation and Economic Performance in Developing Countries: A discussion of alternative specifications, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2008-033
Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2008, Regional Capital Inputs in Chinese Industry and Manufacturing, 1978-2003, Joint working paper of UNU-MERIT and the Groningen Growth and Development Centre, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2008-028
Szirmai, Adam, 2008, Explaining Success and Failure in Development, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2008-013
Dijk, Michiel van & Adam Szirmai, 2007, The Micro-Dynamics of Catch Up in Indonesian Paper Manufacturing: An International Comparison of Plant-Level Performance, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2007-010


External working papers
Naudé, Wim & Adam Szirmai, 2013, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Development, Working Papers 2013/17, Maastricht School of Management, More information
Naudé, Wim, Adam Szirmai & Alejandro Lavopa, 2013, Industrialization Lessons from BRICS: A Comparative Analysis, IZA Discussion Papers 7543, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), More information
Vertesy, Daniel & Adam Szirmai, 2010, Interrupted Innovation: Innovation system dynamics in latecomer aerospace industries, Globelics Working Paper Series, 94 pages
Dijk, Michiel van & Adam Szirmai, 2005, Industrial Policy and Technology Diffusion: Evidence from Paper Making Machinery in Indonesia, ECIS Working Paper 5,15, Eindhoven
Szirmai, Adam, R. Ren & Manyin Bai, 2005, Chinese Manufacturing Performance in Comparative Perspective, 1980-2002, Yale Economic Growth Center, Discussion Paper No. 920
Szirmai, Adam & Ling Wang, 2003, Technological Inputs and Productivity Growth in China’s High-Tech Industries, ECIS Working Paper, Eindhoven
Szirmai, Adam, Francis K. Yamfwa & Chibwe Lwamba, 2002, Zambian Manufacturing in Comparative Perspective, Working Paper GD 59, Groningen
Szirmai, Adam, M. Prins & W. Schulte, 2002, Tanzanian Manufacturing in Comparative Perspective, Groningen Growth and Development Centre, Working Paper GD 59, Groningen,
Yamfwa, Francis K., Adam Szirmai & Chibwe Lwamba, 2002, Zambian Manufacturing Performance in Comparative Perspective, ECIS working paper, 02-21, also published as Groningen Growth and Development Centre Working Paper, GD 53
Szirmai, Adam, M. Timmer & R. van der Kamp, 2001, Measuring Embodied Technological Change in Indonesian Textiles: The Core Machinery Approach, Working Paper No 2001/09, working papers in Trade and Development, Division of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University
Szirmai, Adam, Manyin Bai & R. Ren, 2001, Labour Productivity Trends in Chinese Manufacturing, 1980-99, ECIS Working Paper, 2001.10
Bongenaar, B. & Adam Szirmai, 1999, The Role of a Research and Development Institute in the Development and Diffusion of Technology, ECIS Working Paper, 09-1999
Timmer, M. & Adam Szirmai, 1997, Growth and Divergence in Manufacturing Performance in South and East Asia, roningen Growth and Development Centre, Research Memorandum GD-37, Groningen (49. pp.).
Szirmai, Adam & R. Ren, 1995, China's Manufacturing Performance in Comparative Perspective, 1980-1992, Research Memorandum 581 (GD-20) Groningen Growth and Development Centre, Groningen, 65 pp.
Szirmai, Adam, 1993, Comparative Performance in Indonesian Manufacturing, 1975-90, Groningen Growth and Development Centre, Research Memorandum No. 538 GD-3, Groningen
Szirmai, Adam & D. Pilat, 1990, The International Comparison of Real Output and Labour Productivity in Manufacturing: A Study for Japan, South Korea and the USA for 1975, Research Memorandum nr. 354, Institute of Economic Research, Groningen, 140 pp. plus statistical appendices
Szirmai, Adam & R.R. Corsel, 1986, Produktiviteit van economisch onderzoek aan universitaire instellingen 1980 - 1983, Onderzoeksmemorandum 191, Instituut voor Economisch Onderzoek, Groningen, 54 pp.
Szirmai, Adam, 1984, Income Satisfaction, Utility and Fairness. A study of the Determinants of Income Satisfaction, Research Memorandum nr. 152, Institute of Economic Research, University of Groningen, 44 pp.
Szirmai, Adam, 1982, Matigingsbereidheid en Nivelleringsgeneigdheid. Een onderzoek naar houdingen t.a.v. inkomensongelijkheid en inkomenspolitiek, Onderzoeksmemorandum nr. 119, Instituut voor Economisch Onderzoek, Groningen, 150 pp.


Research reports
Szirmai, Adam, 2016, Chapter 3, Sustaining Economic Growth, in UNIDO, Industrial Development Report 2016, The Role of Technology in Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, Lead author of chapter commissioned by UNIDO, 77-102
Prins, M. & Adam Szirmai, 1998, A Reconstruction of GDP and Employment in Tanzanian Manufacturing, 1961-1995,, Report to the Tanzanian Bureau of Statistics, Eindhoven, 147 pp.
Szirmai, Adam, 1977, Inventarisatierapport Sociologische Ekonomie, Groningen, 208 pp.


Proceedings
Ren, R. & Adam Szirmai, 1994, Chinese Manufacturing Performance, in: Proceedings of 10th South East Asia Regional Conference of the Academy of International Business, on Asia-Pacific Business in the Year 2000, Beijing
Szirmai, Adam, 1978, Ontwikkeling in het Onderzoek naar Inkomenswaardering, in: VERAF, Congresbundel Post Academisch Onderwijs, Economische Faculteit, Groningen


Conference contributions
Cathles, Alison & Adam Szirmai, 2017, 'Breaking Apart Human Capital: The Role of Vocational Education in Economic Growth', Conference of Midwest Economic Association, Cincinnati, 31 March -2 April, 2017
Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2007, Regional productivity trends in Chinese industry, The 6th International Conference on the Chinese Economy (CERDI), Is China's Development Sustainable?, Clermont-Ferrand, October 18-19, 2007
Kesidou, E. & Adam Szirmai, 2007, Local Knowledge Spillovers, Innovation and Economic Performance in Developing Countries Empirical Evidence from the Uruguay Software Cluster, Paper for UNU-MERIT conference on: “Micro Evidence on Innovation in Developing Economies” Maastricht (Netherlands), May 31 & June 1, 2007
Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2007, Regional Productivity Trends in Chinese Manufacturing, Paper for International Conference on Experiences and Challenges in Measuring National Income and Wealth in Transition Economies, IARIW/National Bureau of Statistics, September 19-21, 2007, Beijing, China
Szirmai, Adam, 2007, The micro-dynamics of catch up, Tianjin, Public Lecture Seminar
Szirmai, Adam, 2007, The future of the world bank, Eindhoven, Lecture Studium Generale
Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2006, Productivity Growth and Structural Change in Chinese Manufacturing, 1980-2002, Paper for the 11th Conference of the International Schumpeter Society, Sophia Antipolis, 21-24 June, 2006
Jacob, Jojo & Adam Szirmai, 2006, International Knowledge Spillovers to Developing Countries. The Case of Indonesia, Paper for the 2006 Intermediate Input-Output Meeting, Sendai, July, 26-28, 2006
Dijk, Michiel van & Adam Szirmai, 2006, The Micro-Dynamics of Catch Up in Indonesian Paper Manufacturing: An International Comparison of Plant-Level Performance, Paper prepared for the Globelics Conference Innovation Systems for Competitiveness and Shared Prosperity in Developing Countries October 4-7. 2006, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Szirmai, Adam, 2006, Explaining Success and Failure in Development. The Developing World during the Post War Period and Outlook to 2030, paper for the Conference World Economic Performance, Past, Present and Future, Groningen
Dijk, Michiel van & Adam Szirmai, 2005, Catch Up at the Micro-Level: Evidence from an Industry Case Study Using Manufacturing Census Data, Paper prepared for Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade, DEGIT – X, Mexico City, June 3-4, 2005
Szirmai, Adam, R. Ren & Manyin Bai, 2005, China in the Structure of World Manufacturing, Paper prepared for the conference Transition, Growth and Globalisation. An International Conference on the Chinese Economy, Perth, 7/8 july 2005
Dijk, Michiel van & Adam Szirmai, 2005, Exploring The Micro Dynamics of Catch Up in Indonesian Paper Manufacturing. An International Comparison of Plant Level Performance using Census Data, paper presented at the Conference: The Measurement and Analysis of Innovation and Productivity Growth, Groningen, 10-11 November, 2005
Dijk, Michiel van & Adam Szirmai, 2004, Industrial Policy and Technology Diffusion in Developing Countries: Paper Making Machinery in Indonesia, 1923-2000, paper for the Schumpeter conference Milan
Jacob, Jojo & Adam Szirmai, 2004, Stages of Industrialisation, Export and Technology Diffusion. The Case of Indonesian Manufacturing, paper for the Schumpter conference Milan
Jacob, Jojo & Adam Szirmai, 2004, International Knowledge Spillovers to Developing Countries: the Case of Indonesia, Paper for the IARIW Conference, Cork
Dijk, Michiel van & Adam Szirmai, 2003, Long-Run Productivity Trends at the Plant Level. Evidence from the Indonesian Pulp and Paper Industry, 1975-97, Paper presented at the 2nd Hellenic Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Management (HEWPEM), Department of Economics, University of Patras, Grence, May 30- June 1, 2003
Bai, Manyin, R. Ren & Adam Szirmai, 2002, A New Benchmark Comparison between China and the USA according to the ICOP approach, School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, June 2002 (mimeo)
Ren, R., Adam Szirmai & Manyin Bai, 2002, How Productive is Chinese Manufacturing?, 27th General Conference IARIW, Stockholm
Szirmai, Adam, 2002, Methodological Guidelines for Computing KILM Labour Productivity Indicators for the Manufacturing Sector and the Total Economy, Paper prepared for the Caribbean Labour Market Information System Project (CLMIS), Eindhoven University of Technology 28 July 2002
Szirmai, Adam, Manyin Bai & R. Ren, 2001, Labour Productivity Trends in Chinese Manufacturing, 1980-1999, paper for the the International Conference on the Chinese Economy ‘Achieving Growth with Equity’, 4-6 July 2001, Beijing
Szirmai, Adam, M. Timmer & R. van der Kamp, 1999, Growth of the Capital Stock and Technological Change in the Indonesian Textile Industry, Paper prepared for the International Conference on Asian Growth and Foreign Capital, Leiden, October 15-16, 1999
Szirmai, Adam, M. Prins & W. Schulte, 1999, Tanzanian Manufacturing Performance in Comparative Perspective, paper presented at the Regional International Input-Output Conference, Arusha, Tanzania, 12-18 September 1999.
Timmer, M. & Adam Szirmai, 1999, Productivity in Asian Manufacturing: The Unimportance of Structural Change, Paper presented at the conference on Economic Growth, Trade and Technology, Eindhoven, October 3-4, 1999
Timmer, M. & Adam Szirmai, 1997, Australian Manufacturing Performance in International Perspective, paper presented at CSAAR seminar Asian Economies in the Twentieth Century, Griffiths University, Brisbane
Szirmai, Adam & R. Ren, 1997, Chinese Manufacturing in Comparative Perspective, Paper presented at the CEPII international seminar on The Chinese Economy, Highlights and Opportunities, Paris
Szirmai, Adam, 1997, Ontwikkelingslanden in de industriële wedloop, Inaugural lecture, Eindhoven University of Technology
Ren, R. & Adam Szirmai, 1996, International Competitiveness of Chinese Manufacturing Industries, Paper presented at the Twenty Fourth General Conference of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, Lillehammer, Norway, August 18-24, 1996
Timmer, M. & Adam Szirmai, 1996, Growth and Divergence in Manufacturing Performance in South and East Asia, Paper presented at the Twenty Fourth General Conference of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, Lillehammer, Norway, August 18-24, 1996
Szirmai, Adam & R. Ren, 1994, China's Manufacturing Performance in Comparative Perspective, 1980-1990, Paper Presented at the 23d Conference of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, New Brunswick, Canada, 22-28 August, 1994
Szirmai, Adam, 1992, Comparative Productivity in Manufacturing. A Case Study for Indonesia, Paper presented at the conference Explaining Economic Growth, Groningen
Szirmai, Adam, 1992, Reflections on Research on Attitudes towards Inequality, invited paper presented at the International Colloquium on Social Justice Research, Geneva
Szirmai, Adam, 1986, Income Inequality and Social Conflict, Paper presented at the International Conference for Social Justice Research, Leiden, 1986


Theses
Szirmai, Adam, 1986, Inequality Observed. A Study of Attitudes towards Income Inequality, Groningen, Dissertation, 534 pp.


Briefs
Naudé, Wim, Adam Szirmai & Micheline Goedhuys (eds.), 2011, Innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries, How does innovation impact on development? How, and under what conditions, do entrepreneurs in developing countries innovate? And what can be done to support innovation by entrepreneurs in developing countries? This policy brief addresses these questions, More information


Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Szirmai, Adam, 2017, How to Escape Middle Income Traps, Young Scholars Initiative (YSI), Webinar
Szirmai, Adam, 2017, Evaluating innovation policies, Lecture for International Seminar on Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies, Pune, India 20-24 March 2017
Szirmai, Adam, 2017, Education and the innovation system, International Workshop Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy, Pune, India, 20-24 March
Szirmai, Adam, 2016, Newspaper article: Donkere dag in de Nederlandse Politiek, De Volkskrant, 18 april 2016 (Opinie en debat), De Volkskrant, 18 april 2016 (Opinie en debat), Opinion piece
Szirmai, Adam, 2016, Foreign Aid and Development, Studium Generale, Maastricht University, 14 March, 2016
Szirmai, Adam, 2016, Role of Education in the Innovation System and Productive Sector, International workshop Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies, Panama, 25-28 January, 2016
Szirmai, Adam, 2016, Innovation and Tapping into Global Knowledge Flows, International workshop Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies, Panama, 25-28 January, 2016
Szirmai, Adam & Bart Verspagen, 2010, Is Manufacturing still an Engine of Growth in Developing Countries?, Paper for Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics Development Challenges in a Post-Crisis World Stockholm, May 31 – June 2, 2010
Szirmai, Adam, 2010, Angus Maddison and Development Economics, Paper prepared for the Angus Maddison Memorial Conference, IISG, Amsterdam, 6-7 November 2010
Crombrugghe, Denis de, Kristine Farla, Nicolas Meisel, Chris de Neubourg, Jacques Ould Aoudia & Adam Szirmai, 2009, Institutional Profiles Database III, IPD provides an original measure of countries’ institutional characteristics through composite indicators built from perception data, More information
Jacob, Jojo & Adam Szirmai, 2006, International Trade and Knowledge Spillovers: The Case of Indonesian Manufacturing, ECIS working paper, 2006-1, Eindhoven
Szirmai, Adam, 2005, Book review of Th. J. Misa, Ph. Brey and A. Feenberg (eds), Modernity and Technology, The MIT Press, Cambridge Mass., 2003, in Development and Change,, p.608-610
Szirmai, Adam, 2002, Review of Deepak Lal, 'The Poverty of ‘Development Economics', Second Revised and Expanded U.S. edition, Cambridge, Massachusetts/London, England, The MIT Press, 2000 (xx + 175 pp.), The Record, pp.490-2
Szirmai, Adam, 1998, Review of M. Pangestu and Yuri Sato, Waves of Change in Indonesia’s Manufacturing Industry, in: Asian Pacific Economic Literature, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 73-75
Szirmai, Adam, 1998, Review of S. Wangwe, Exporting Africa, Technology, Trade and Industrialization in Sub-Saharan Africa, in: Development and Change, 29 (3), pp. 594-95
Szirmai, Adam, 1997, Book review of K. Hannan (ed.), China Modernisation and the Goal of Prosperity, Cambridge University Press, 1995, in: De Economist, Vol. 145, no.2, pp. 266-67
Szirmai, Adam, 1995, Book review of B. Burgmeier, Social Economics. An Interdisciplinary Perspective, in: De Economist, Vol. 143, No. 2, pp. 271-273
Szirmai, Adam, 1995, Bookreview, of F. Boekema, red., Sociale Economie, Markten, Instituties Beleid, Wolters Noordhoff 1993, in: Openbare Uitgaven, 27e jaargang, nr. 1, pp.49-51
Szirmai, Adam, D.S. Prasada Rao, W.F. Shepherd & G. de Jong, 1995, Manufacturing Sector Output and Productivity in Indonesia: An Australian Comparative Perspective, 1975-90, COPPAA Series No 2, Centre for the Study of Australian Asian Relations, Griffiths University
Szirmai, Adam, 1993, Bookreview of P. van Wijk, Inkomensverdelingsbeleid in Nederland, In Mens en Maatschappij, Vol. 3, pp. 330-332
Szirmai, Adam, 1992, Ontwikkelingsvraagstukken. Een Inleiding, Dl. I., 2e herziene druk, Groningen, Werkgroep Ontwikkelingsvraagstukken, 205 pp.
Szirmai, Adam, 1991, Ontwikkelingsvraagstukken. Een Inleiding, Dl. I., Groningen, Werkgroep Ontwikkelingsvraagstukken, 146 pp.
Szirmai, Adam, 1990, Bookreview of H.J. van de Braak, Economische Sociologie, Van Gorcum, 1988, in: De Economist, Vol. 138, nr. 2, pp. 230/231
Szirmai, Adam, 1990, Book review of E.L. Jones, Growth Recurring; Economic Change in World History, New York, Oxford Un. Press, 1988, in: Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 693/4
Szirmai, Adam, 1989, Review article of C.T. Morris and I. Adelman, Comparative Patterns of Economic Development, 1850-1914, Johns Hopkins U. Press, 1988, in: Journal of Economic History, pp. 797-800
Szirmai, Adam, 1989, Book review of B. Magyar, Dunaapa'ti 1944-1958, Dokumentumszociografia, I, II & III, Muvelosde'skutato' inte'szet e's Szovetkezeti kutato' inte'zet, 1986, in: Review of Socialist Law, No. 1, pp. 126-128
Szirmai, Adam, 1988, Rooms-Rode samenwerking, A review article of F.J. ter Heide, Ordening en verdeling. Besluitvorming over sociaal-economisch beleid ion Nederland 1949-1958, in: Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, jrg. 15, nr. 1, pp. 145-150
Szirmai, Adam, 1987, Een wetenschappelijke fundering van het politieke debat - het Sociaal en Cultureel Rapport 1986, in: Socialisme en Democratie, Szirmai, A.,Bookreview of A. Kbben en J. Godschalk, Een tweedeling van de samenleving, in: Sociologisch Tijdschrift, 14e jrg., nr. 2, pp. 312-316
Szirmai, Adam, 1983, Bookreview of T. de Bruin en A. Peper red., Arbeidsverhoudingen in Nederland, 1981, in: Sociologische Gids, vol. XXX, pp. 470-472
Szirmai, Adam, 1980, Bookreview of H. Top, De maatschappelijke kant van het ondernemen, 1978, in: Sociologische Gids, Vol. XXVII, nr. 4, pp. 341/2
Szirmai, Adam, 1977, Book review of Galbraith, Markten, Machten, Mensen, in: De Economist,, 125, nr. 2, pp. 277-282.


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