Dr. Thomas Ziesemer has been an Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, since December 1996. He studied economics at the Universities of Kiel (1974-75) and Regensburg (1975-78) in Germany. From 1982 to 1989 he was employed at the University of Regensburg, where he completed his doctoral dissertation on Economic Theory of Underdevelopment in 1985. Since December of 1989, he has been Assistant Professor of International Economics and Associate Professor of Microeconomics (1994-97) at Maastricht University. In November 1996 he received his ‘Habilitation’ from the Free University Berlin in 1996. His fields of interest include Development, International and Environmental Economics, Growth, and Technical Change. He is a fellow of Europäische Akademie Ahrweiler (http://www.ea-aw.de/).