Adam Szirmai

Professorial Fellow

  • Adam Szirmai
    Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC, Maastricht, The Netherlands
    +31(0)43 3884469
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    Research Interests

    • International comparisons of growth and productivity in manufacturing in developing countries
    • technological change and economic performance at sectoral level
    • The relationships between innovation

    Biographical Statement

    Adam Eddy Szirmai is Professorial Fellow at the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (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 focus of his research concerns the relationships between innovation, technological change and economic performance at sectoral level. His research has a strong emphasis on empirical measurement of levels and trends in economic performance. A third area of research interest is that of the determinants of long-run growth and stagnation in developing countries.

    In 2001, Palgrave Press published his volume on Tanzanian Industrialisation, co-edited with Paul Lapperre entitled The Industrial Experience of Tanzania. His textbook on development studies The Dynamics of Socio-economic Development was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. Accompanying this textbook, a website has been developed with time series of economic and social indicators for developing countries. An second edition of this book is in preparation. In 2011, Oxford University Press will publish a volume on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Development, coedited with Wim Naudé and Micheline Goedhuys.

    Eddy Szirmai is engaged in ongoing research on changes in the global structure of manufacturing. This research focuses on long-run changes in the structure and location of manufacturing activities and the emergence of manufacturing in developing countries in the period 1950-2005.

  • Peer-reviewed Books

    • 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
    • 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
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1994, Ontwikkelingslanden – Dynamiek en Stagnatie, Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen, 540 pp
    • 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
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1988, Inequality Observed. A Study of Attitudes towards Income Inequality, Avebury Press, Aldershot, 550 pp

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Wang, Lili & Adam Szirmai, 2008, Productivity Growth and Structural Change in Chinese Manufacturing, 1980–2002, Industrial and Corporate Change, Volume 17, Number 4, pp. 841–874
    • 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), pp. 281-98
    • Jacob, Jojo & Adam Szirmai, 2007, International knowledge spillovers to developing countries: the case of Indonesia, Review of Development Economics, 11(3), 550-565
    • 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, Vol.13, No.2
    • Szirmai, Adam & Bart Verspagen, 2003, Introduction, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 14, pp. 361-364, Special Issue on Technology and the Economy
    • Szirmai, Adam & Bart Verspagen (eds.), 2003, Technology and the Economy, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 14, Special Issue, pp. 361-364
      Brink, J. van den & Adam Szirmai, 2002, The Tanzanian Scrap Cycle, Technovation, 22, pp. 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), pp. 155-177
    • Szirmai, Adam, Manyin Bai & R. Ren, 2002, Labour Productivity Trends in Chinese Manufacturing, 1980-99, China Economic Quarterly, 1 (4), July, pp. 863-881
    • Szirmai, Adam & R. Ren, 2000, Comparative Performance in Chinese Manufacturing, 1980-92, China Economic Review, 11 (1), pp. 16-53
    • Timmer, M. & Adam Szirmai, 2000, Productivity in Asian Manufacturing: The Structural Bonus Hypothesis Examined, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 11, pp. 370 ff
    • Timmer, M. & Adam Szirmai, 1999, Comparative Productivity Performance in Manufacturing in South and East Asia, 1960-93, Oxford Development Studies, 27, pp. 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, September
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1996, Koplopers en achterblijvers, Europa Periodiek, jrg. 13 nummer 1, themanummer over technologie en technologiebeleid, pp. 39-40
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1994, Real Output and Labour Productivity in Indonesian Manufacturing, 1975-1990, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 30(3), pp. 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, Series 36, Number 1, pp. 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, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 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. 2/3, pp. 143/156
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1982, Nivelleringsethos. Opvattingen over inkomensongelijkheid, Sociologisch Tijdschrift, jaargang 9, nr. 2, pp. 175-211.
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1982, Nivelleringsethos. Een weerwoord, Sociologisch Tijdschrift, jaargang 9, nr. 3, pp. 510-519
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1982, Review article Machtsnivellering of machtspolarisatie, Sociologische Gids, Vol. XXIX, no. 1, pp. 59-75
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1981, Matigingsbereidheid en het dilemma der gevangenen, Economisch Statistische Berichten, pp. 912-919
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1978, Theorie als intellektueel simulatiemodel, Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, pp. 346-368
    • Szirmai, Adam, 1976, Integratie tussen ekonomie en sociologie, Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, derde jrg. nr. 1, pp.89-99
    • Szirmai, Adam & J. Donkers, 1975, Pleidooi voor reikwijdte in de Sociologie, De Revisor, pp. 45-52
    • Szirmai, Adam & J. Donkers, 1972, Wertheim en het geloof in de vooruitgang, De Gids, nr. 4, pp. 338-346

    Technical Papers, Policy Briefs, etc

    • 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

    Other Publications (Conference Proceedings, etc)

    • 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