Steven Brakman is Professor of International Economics at the faculty of Economics & Business at the university of Groningen. His main research areas are International Economics and Regional Economics. He is a research fellow of the CESifo institute in Munich, and co-editor of the Journal of Regional Science. He is academic partner of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy analysis. He recently published a book on " Geographical and Urban Economics, "A Spiky World" (together with Harry Garretsen and Charles Van Marrewijk). He frequently comments on globalization in newspapers/radio.