Dr F.J.G.M. Klaassen (1971) has been named Professor of International Economics at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Economics and Business.
Franc Klaassen's research is focused on international economic issues. Economic relations between countries are fundamental to the global economy and have traditionally been of crucial importance to economic policy. The importance of those relations is increasing as globalisation advances. Klaassen is currently working on research quantifying the effects of international economic integration processes. Some of his research to date has shown that the influence of the euro on trade within the eurozone has been modest. Klaassen has also developed a standard for measuring pressure on foreign exchange markets. This instrument can be applied in various ways, for instance in order to measure the effectiveness of monetary policy and the global spread of crises.
Klaassen has been with the UvA’s Faculty of Economics and Business since 1999, initially as a postdoctoral researcher and from 2003 as an associate professor in International Economics. He graduated in Econometrics and Economics at the University of Tilburg, which is also where he carried out his doctoral research. Klaassen has also been a visiting fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He heads the MInt research programme and is a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. His work has appeared in a number of journals including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the European Economic Association and Journal of International Economics.