Professor Arjo Klamer PhD

He currently holds the chair of cultural economics at the Erasmus University. Before that he taught at several universities in the US. He also is governor of the town of Hilversum for the Socialist Party. He conducts workshops on the value based approach all over the world. He is past President of the Association of cultural economists.

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  • Ph.D. in Economics, Duke University, May, 1981
  • “Doctoraal Examen” in Economics, University of Amsterdam, 1978
  • “Kandidaats Examen” in Econometrics, University of Amsterdam, 1973

Current Position

  • Lector Fontys Academy for creative industries, 2012 – present.
  • Professor in the Economics of Art and Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam 1994-present
  • Research Professor of Economics, The George Washington University, 1995-present

Previous Positions

  • Dean Academia Vitae Deventer, 2005-2010
  • Research Professor of Economics, The George Washington University, 1995-2002
  • Associate Professor of Economics, The George Washington University, 1990-1994
  • Lecturer in the economics program of the Foreign Service Institute economics program of the Foreign Service Institute 1991-1994
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Duke in Amsterdam program, Spring 1988 – 1990
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Iowa, 1987-1989
  • Assistant Professor, Wellesley College, 1981-1987

Academic Honours

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1985-1986
  • Hoover Fellow, Duke University, 1978-1979
  • Fulbright Fellow, 1977-1981

Professional and Voluntary Activities

  • Chairman Crafts Council NL
  • Chairman supervisory board foundation Filosofie Oost West
  • Chairman Stichting Economie en Cultuur
  • Member of American Economic Association, History of Economics Society, URPE, Society of Cultural Economics.
  • Member of Executive Board Association of Cultural economics
  • Member Board of Rotheater, Rotterdam
  • Member Board of Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam
  • Chair Stichting Kinder Kunsthal (-december 2004)
  • Member Board Stichting Boymans
  • Treasurer Stichting “Stop de uitverkoop van de beschaving”
  • Chairman Stichting “Filosofie Oost-West”
  • Member Board Stichting Onbegrend Talent


My family is most important to me. Family anecdotes often pop up in my writing because they are the first I am thinking of. My family is a complex one. When asked how many kids I have, my answer is 2, 3, 4 or 5. You may figure out what that means.