This page gives information about the conferences held with respect to the Maddison Project. A program as well as the papers and presentation are proviced on this page.

Maddison Memorial Conference, 6-7 November 2010, IISG, Amsterdam

On 6 and 7 November 2010 about 70 close colleagues, friends and family of Angus gathered in Amsterdam to celebrate Angus’ work and life.


The conference was held at the International Institute of Social History

Saturday 6 November
12:00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-13.10 Welcome by Jan Luiten van Zanden, Bart van Ark and Herman de Jong
13.10-14.00 Keynote speech: Nicholas Crafts
What Were the Real Growth Penalties of Britain’s Early Start? Presentation
14.00-14.50 Keynote speech: Jan Luiten van Zanden
Measuring pre 1820 economic growth. How right/wrong are the pre 1820 Maddison estimates? Presentation
14.50-15.20 Coffee/Tea break
15.20-16.30 Session One: Measuring comparative performance in historical perspective. Chair: Herman de Jong
Leandro Prados de la Escosura Assessing the Bias in Spliced GDP Series: Evidence from Spain’s National Accounts, 1954-2000 Presentation
Debin Ma Asian Historical National Accounts: Issues and Agenda Presentation
Pieter Woltjer and Herman de Jong Output and productivity measurement in a US/UK comparison, 1900–1950: reconciling sectoral benchmarks and time series Presentation
16.30-17.45 Session Two: Recent developments in price and PPP measurement. Chair: Bart van Ark
Robert J. Gordon Issues in price measurement in U.S. economic growth during the early 20th century
Alan Heston The Flaw of One Price; Reflections on the ICP
Marcel Timmer The Future of ICOP and Penn World Tables Presentation
20:00- Memorial dinner in honour of Angus Maddison in the presence of the Maddison family
Sunday 7 November
09.00-10.15 Session Three: Economic Growth During Ancient Times. Chair: Jan Luiten van Zanden
Branko Milanovic Income level and income inequality in the Euro-Mediterranean region: from the Principate to the Islamic conquest
Peter Foldvari and Bas van Leeuwen Comparing per capita income in the Hellenistic world: The case of Mesopotamia
Willem M. Jongman How bad is too bad? Measuring economic performance when the data seem really bad
10.15-11.00 Keynote speech: Stephen Broadberry
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-12.45 Session Four: Global Growth in Current Times. Chair: Bart van Ark
Andre Hofman Latin America’s Bicentenary: Long run performance in an international comparative perspective, 1500-2010 Presentation
Kyoji Fukao Revisiting Accumulation and Assimilation: New Evidence on the Role of Productivity and Capital Accumulation in Asia in Historical Perspective Presentation
Bart van Ark How Unique are Current Times? Global Growth and Crises in Historical Perspective Presentation
12.45-13.30 Keynote speech: Eddy Szirmai
Angus Maddison and Development Economics
13.30-14.30 Lunch