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Huub Meijers

Maastricht University
Associate Professor at the Department of Economics
Senior Research Fellow at UNU-MERIT

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Last update:
September 2020

Current positions

Associate Dean of Education at School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University

Scientific Director of the Education Institute at School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University

Current Course

ICT, Labour and Inequality

This course gives a brief introduction into the economics of technological change and the labour market. The main aim of this course is to understand the impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on the demand for workers and on wages. What are the effects of ICT on (structures of) organisations; How does ICT impact wages and the division of labour? Do people with ICT skills earn higher wages?

Previous Courses

Intellectual Property Rights in a Network Society (Course Code EBC4026)

This course deals with the economic aspects of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and provides insights into why various forms of IPRs such as patents, copyrights and trademarks are necessary to stimulate innovation. We will also look at how certain aspects of IPRs may hinder innovation. In the international context of IPRs, we will look at how IPRs influence the diffusion of knowledge between countries, for example from advanced countries to developing countries. In the context of standard setting, IPRs are important because they may block access to the standard. Subsequently the course moves to developments specific in the information society and discusses contemporary topics like (open source) software and creative commons. The final topic concerns policy design in a digital economy and includes cloud computing, smartphone industries and mobile internet.

ICT, Innovation and Economic Performance (with Mark Vluggen, Course Code EBC4084)

The objective of this course is to understand the role of ICT on business performance and on sectoral and aggregate economic performance. It includes modeling techniques, measurement issues and methodological approaches to analyse the impact of ICT on business and economics. It also includes data analysis and research methodologies. Moreover, as we will show, innovation at more levels, e.g. organizational innovations and organizational change is needed for ICT investments to be successful. Part of the course is to analyse and report on a real life example based on either firm level data (case study) or at a sectoral or more aggregate data.


Introduction to webprogramming with PHP

PHP, officially called: "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor", is a server-side, cross-platform, HTML embedded scripting language. It is somewhat similar to Javascript but the main difference is that Javascript is executed at the client side whereas PHP is executed at the server side. In the mid 1990ís many Web developers found that existing tools and languages were not ideal for the specific task of embedding code in markup. Those developers joined to develop a server-side scripting language which they felt would be ideal for developing dynamic Web-based sites and applications. Most of PHP's syntax is borrowed from C, although there are elements borrowed from Perl, C++ and Java as well. Perhaps the strongest and most significant feature in PHP is its support for a wide range of databases. Writing a database-enabled web page is incredibly simple. Although PHP supports many databases, we will concentrate on MySQL. This course gives an introduction in programming with PHP in combination with some simple MySQL queries in order to be able to understand the working of dynamic websites. In the first week we will discuss the features of PHP whereas in the second week students have to build one or more applications on a web-server. These applications will be used for examination. This course is primarily on programming and working with databases and not on HTML or on Web-design. Some basic principles of HTML will be discussed, however.


I have been coordinator of the Infonomics programme (both Bachelors and Masters)


At March 21 2013 I gave a Presentation on the impact of ICT and the Internet on economic growth and the distribution of income for Scope-economics, a study association within the  Maastricht University School of Business and Economics.


LifeView software

To grahically present data as time series or scatter plots in an Internet browser, I created some software called LifeView. The software presented here can be used only from a local computer using local data (actually located in the same directoty as the software). This (simple) software includes 8 files grouped together in the zip file and can be used for free for non-commercial use only. Please read the included readme.txt carefully.
Download the software.

Creative Commons License
LifeView by Huub Meijers is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.