In conversation with Prof. dr. Joan Muysken

Prof. dr. Joan Muysken will be given emeritus status on December 1, 2013. He will deliver his valedictory speech (partially in Dutch) on “From Reaganomics tot Eurocrisis: 30 jaren in Maastricht” on 29 November 2013 at 4 pm in the auditorium of Minderbroedersberg 4-6.

In an interview with Talkin’Business, Prof. Muysken spoke, among others, about his career at Maastricht University and at the School of Business and Economics, the economic crisis and economic policies, politicians’ “obsession” with austerity, and shared some advice with students.

For our viewers’ convenience, we provide the full interview as well as thematic extracts.


Full interview


Thematic extracts

Prof. Joan Muysken: On coming to Maastricht

Prof. Joan Muysken: On launching a faculty

Prof. Joan Muysken: On challenges met along the way

Prof. Joan Muysken: Advice for the current dean

Prof. Joan Muysken: On finding time to do research

Prof. Joan Muysken: On the applicability of PBL 

Prof. Joan Muysken: On the Treaty of Maastricht and Deanship

Prof. Joan Muysken: On experts” comments on the economic downturn

Prof. Joan Muysken: On the economic crisis

Prof. Joan Muysken: On politicians obsession with austerity

Prof. Joan Muysken: On being a left-wing radical

Prof. Joan Muysken: On his book Full Employment Abandoned: Shifting Sands and Policy Failures 

Prof. Joan Muysken: On human rights abuse

Prof. Joan Muysken: On why he studied economics

Prof. Joan Muysken: On what he would have become if he had not studied economics

Prof. Joan Muysken: On becoming more explicit

Prof. Joan Muyske: On student population changes

Prof. Joan Muysken: On the expansion of the faculty

Prof. Joan Muysken: Advice to students

Prof. Joan Muysken: A personal message 


Prof. dr. Joan Muysken
Joan Muysken is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Maastricht University, where he teaches macroeconomics and labour economics. He obtained his PhD from the University of Groningen on the aggregation of production functions.

He was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Oslo in 1980 (January-March) and in 1983 (January-August) he stayed at the SUNY Buffalo (USA) as an Assistant Professor. He was a Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) from January-July 1989; at the University of Newcastle, Australia (November-December 1995 and March-April 2000); at the ZEW, Mannheim during March 2000; and at the WZB, Berlin during May 2000.

Joan Muysken’s research interests include endogenous growth and diffusion of technologies, skill mismatch, job competition, analysis of unemployment. His latest book (written together with William Mitchell) – Full Employment Abandoned: Shifting Sands and Policy Failures – investigates the shift of governments focus away from full employment towards full employability.

Video interview and production: Talkin’Business and Science Vision

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