Farewell Symposium in Honor of Bert Balk



Symposium on Productivity
on the occasion of the formal retirement of Bert M. Balk as Professor of
Economic Measurement and Economic-Statistical Research
Friday, June 10, 2011
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam
J-Building (JB-50) at 12:30 – 5:30 P.M
The Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) and the Department of
Management of Technology and Innovation of the Rotterdam School of Management
(RSM) invite you to participate in a symposium on productivity.
Prof. Dr. Bert M. Balk held a chair in Business Administration, in particular
the measurement of price, quantity, and productivity changes, and economic-statistical
research, at RSM from 2001 to 2011. This chair was supported by Statistics Netherlands.
At Statistics Netherlands, Bert was a.o. deputy head of the former Department for Price
Statistics, director of the former Center for Research of Enterprise Microdata (Cerem),
and senior researcher. Bert’s research interests include measurement in economics, in
particular index number theory and productivity measurement. He has published a large
number of articles in academic journals and has written two books, of which Price and
Quantity Index Numbers: Models for Measuring Aggregate Change and Difference (New
York: Cambridge University Press, 2008) is the most recent. Bert serves on the editorial
boards of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and Statistica Neerlandica.
On the occasion of Bert’s formal retirement as Professor at RSM, a number of his
colleagues will discuss aspects of productivity measurement and research. Together they
will provide an assessment of the state of the art in this field. This symposium is of
interest to anyone who is involved in issues of measurement of productivity, such as
researchers (and PhD students) in academic institutions as well as professionals in
Statistics Netherlands (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek), governmental institutions,
and trade organizations.
The symposium (1– 5 pm) will be preceded by a lunch buffet (from 12.30 pm) and
followed by drinks (until 5.30 pm).
12.30-1.00 Lunch buffet
1.00-1.15 Opening by Steef van de Velde, Vice-Dean of the Rotterdam
School of Management
1.15-1.45 Erik Veldhuizen – Productivity measurement at Statistics
1.45-2.15 Mark Vancauteren – Measuring productivity growth under
alternatives of the standard neoclassical set of assumptions
2.15-2.45 Eric Bartelsman – Searching for the sources of productivity
2.45-3.15 Tea break
3.15-3.45 Koen Dittrich – Innovation and productivity
3.45-4.15 Jos Blank – Regulation and productivity
4.15-4.45 Bert Balk – Productivity research: Past, present and future
4.45-5.00 Conclusion by Jan Dul, Chair of the Department of
Management of Technology and Innovation, RSM
5.00-5.30 Drinks

Participation is free of charge but is limited to 50 participants on a first come, first serve
basis. If you intend to attend the symposium, please send an email message to Carmen
Meesters (cmeesters@rsm.nl) with your name and affiliation. You will receive an
acknowledgement of registration with further information about the venue (at the
Woudestein campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam).
We are looking forward to welcome you in Rotterdam.

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Contact information:
Dr. Tony Hak