Frank Neffke

Frank Neffke

Senior Research Fellow - CID
Frank Neffke

Frank Neffke is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Development's Growth Lab. He joined the team in 2012.

His research focuses on how economic actors diversify from one productive activity to another. Central in this research is that activities can be more or less similar in terms of the capabilities or skills they require. This similarity is shown to affect diversification processes throughout the economy, ranging from individuals’ career paths and corporate diversification strategies, to structural change in regional and national economies.

Before joining the CID, Frank worked as an assistant professor at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

He holds a Ph. D. in Economic Geography from Utrecht University and Master degrees in Econometrics and Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam. 

Current Research/Projects Areas of Expertise
Regional & National Diversification Economic Geography
Skills Skills
Migration Diversification
Corporate Strategy Technological Relatedness
Innovation Economic Complexity
Economic Complexity  

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Center for International Development
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Cambridge, MA 02138