Bart Verspagen

Director of UNU-MERIT

  • Bart Verspagen
    Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC, Maastricht, The Netherlands
    +31 (0)43 3884410


    PhD, Economics, University of Limburg


    Chair of International Economics, Economics Department of Maastricht University

    Biographical Statement

    Bart Verspagen is an economist specialised in the economics of innovation, growth and development. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Limburg (now called Maastricht University) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 1984–1988. He obtained a PhD from the same university in 1992. During the five subsequent years, he held a scholarship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 1998, he became a professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2008, he moved back to Maastricht University, where he became a professor of International Economics. In 2012, he became Director of UNU-MERIT.

    Verspagen’s research interests are centred around the process of economic growth and development, especially its relation to innovation and technological change. His research field also covers areas such as international trade, development economics, industrial dynamics, economic history, and applied econometrics, statistics and mathematical modelling. With regard to the latter, he has mainly been applying evolutionary models to economic issues.



  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Verspagen, Bart, 2010, Ooggetuigen: Het Afrikaanse equivalent van de euro, Economisch Statistische Berichten, no. 4592, pp. 532-533
    • Verspagen, Bart, 2010, The spatial hierarchy of technological change and economic development in Europe, Annals of Regional Science, 45, 109-131
    • Crespi, G., Aldo Geuna, Önder Nomaler & Bart Verspagen, 2010, University IPRs and knowledge transfer: is university ownership more efficient?, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 19, 627-648
    • Soete, Luc & Bart Verspagen, 2010, Remembering Christopher Freeman’s Work at MERIT, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, vol. 2, nr. 2, pp. 175-183
    • Mariani, Myriam, P. Giuri, S. Brusoni, G. Crespi, D. Francoz, Alfonso Gambardella, W. Garcia-Fontes, Aldo Geuna, R. Gonzales, D. Harhoff, K. Hoisl, C. Lebas, A. Luzzi, L. Magazzini, L. Nesta, Önder Nomaler, N. Palomeras, P. Patel, M. Romanelli & Bart Verspagen, 2007, Inventors and Invention Processes in Europe. Results from the PatVal-EU survey, Research Policy, 36(8), pp 1107-1127
    • Silverberg, Gerald & Bart Verspagen, 2007, The size distribution of innovations revisited: an application of extreme value statistics to citation and returns measures of patent significance, Journal of Econometrics, 127(2): 318-339
    • Silverberg, Gerald & Bart Verspagen, 2007, Self-organization of R&D search in complex technology spaces (Erratum), Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, 2(2): 195-210
    • Soete, Luc & Bart Verspagen, 2005, Innovatie in Nederland: de markt faalt, de overheid draalt, Economisch Statistische Berichten, 90(4450), 23-23
    • Silverberg, Gerald & Bart Verspagen, 2005, A Percolation Model of Innovation in Complex Technology Spaces , Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 29, 225-244
    • Verspagen, Bart & Wilfred Schoenmakers, 2004, The Spatial Dimension of Patenting by Multinational Firms in Europe, Journal of Economic Geography, 4(1): 23-42