Dr. Abdul Erumban is an assistant professor at the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) of the University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands, and a senior research fellow at the Conference Board. He has been teaching and researching at the University since 2009 but moved to the Conference Board as a senior economist in 2013. After more than six years of research and counseling experience at the Conference Board, he moved back to the University on a full-time basis in 2020. Dr. Erumban has excellent analytical skills and research experience and has published articles in reputed international academic and business journals, including the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Review of Income and Wealth, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Comparative Economics, and Journal of World Business. He has contributed to many prestigious international conferences and important edited volumes and has written several blogs, including the reputed Wharton Knowledge Series and the Brookings future development series. In the past, Dr. Erumban has worked on consultancy to the OECD, the ILO, and projects funded by the European Commission (e.g., EU KLEMS, WIOD) and Kuwait Science Foundation. He is an advisor to the Asia KLEMS project and an external researcher to the Reserve Bank of India’s India KLEMS project. These are part of a global consortium called the World KLEMS initiated by Dale Jorgenson of Harvard University, aimed to understand productivity dynamics in the world’s major economies.
His research centers on globalization, global value chain and international trade, productivity and economic development, technological change and economic growth, international comparison of economic growth, and structural transformation in developing countries. Dr. Erumban maintains a special interest and understanding of issues related to the Indian economy. Lately, he has been heavily involved in issues related to diversification and productivity in the Arab economies.
Dr. Erumban received his master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Calicut (Dr. John Matthai Centre, Trissur), M.Phil in applied economics from the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.