Prof. Bert Balk

Bert Balk

Professor emeritus, Economic Measurement and Economic-Statistical Research
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Prof. Dr. Bert M. Balk held a chair in business administration, in particular the measurement of price, quantity, and productvity changes and economic-statististical research, at Rotterdam School of Management, from 2001 to 2011. This chair was supported by Statistics Netherlands, where Prof. Balk worked in various positions from 1973 to 2011. A.o. he was deputy head of the Department for Price Statistics and director of the Center for Research of Enterprise Microdata (Cerem). His research interests include measurement in economics, in particular index number theory and productivity measurement. He has published a large number of articles in academic journals, has written two books, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and Statistica Neerlandica.

Professional experience

Professor Emeritus

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Management of Technology and Innovation


Professional Publications (3)

  • M.B.M. de Koster, D.A. Stam & B.M. Balk (2011). Accidents will happen: Do hazard-reducing systems help? Logistics and Transport, 1 (12), 63-66.
  • M.B.M. de Koster, D.A. Stam & B.M. Balk (2011). Accidents will happen: do hazard-reducing systems help? RSM Insight, 5 (1), 8-11.
  • B.M. Balk & E. Hoogenboom-Spijker (2003). The Measurement and Decomposition of Productivity Change: Exercises on The Netherlands' Manuafacturing Sector. (Extern rapport, Discussion paper, no 03001). Voorburg: Statistics Netherlands

Scholarly Publications (40)


Editorial positions

  • Review of income and wealth

    Member Editorial Board

Organization Memberships

Side positions

  • UK Statistics Authority

    Member of the Advisory Panel on Consumer Prices - Technical


Discovery item

Past courses

Benchmarking Economic Efficiency and Productivity: With application to Facility Logistics and Supply Chain Management

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMME126
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master