Eric Bartelsman is professor of economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and General Director at Tinbergen Institute. He holds a BS from MIT and a PhD from Columbia University. Prior to his appointment at VU in 2000, he served as economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, as advisor to CPB Netherlands, and as Head of Economic Research at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands. In 2007 and 2008 he was a member of the Netherlands Council of Economic Advisors (REA), in 2012-13 he was non-resident Fellow of DG ECFin and from 2014-2016 a Research Visitor at the ECB. His teaching ranges from first-year lectures to PhD seminars. His research interests are in the area of innovation and productivity growth, both from a micro and macro vantage point, and have led to publications in top journals.