About us

Prof. dr. Elmer Sterken

Prof. dr. Elmer Sterken

Interim director

+39 06.326962.45

Discipline and specialisation:

University of Groningen

Period in Rome:
September 2019 – April 2020

Monday-Friday 10.00h-18.00h


Elmer Sterken obtained a master in econometrics (1983), a PhD in economics (1990) from the University of Groningen and has been appointed as a professor of monetary economics in 1994. He has been a visiting scholar/professor at Yale University, Kobe University, Osaka University, Ludwig Maximilian University, Fudan University, Emory University and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (Centraal Planbueau). He is a fellow of the CESifo-network in economics and an Honorary Fellow of the Nederlands Interdisciplinair Demografisch Instituut. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group of Universities and has served as a member of the Research Policy Working Group of the European University Association. He served as a Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business in 2008-2011. From 2011 to 2019 he has been Rector Magnificus of the University of Groningen. His research expertise and interest concern monetary theory and policy, real investment theory and business cycles, information economics and the economics and history of the Olympic Games.


At KNIR Sterken will analyse the political economics and history of the Olympic Games in Rome 1960. The Games of the 17th Olympiad in Rome have been organized in the time frame of the Cold War, leading to a ‘sports battle’ between the Soviet-Union and the United States. The settings of the Games in Rome have been particular: the Pre-World War II development of sports facilities have been re-used during the Olympic Games in 1960. An important research question is whether the Rome edition of the Olympic Games has led to a ‘structural break’ with the past in a historical, economic, political or sports performance context.


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