The DEGIT Virtual Research Center is a joint initiative by the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). The DEGIT VRCENTER focuses on two major tasks. It provides a virtual platform for various strands of research at the intersection of the traditional fields Economic Growth and International Trade, and it organizes conferences and workshops to disseminate academic research through an international network.

DEGIT has been established as a conference series by Bjarne S. Jensen of the University of Southern Denmark. What has started with the first DEGIT conference in 1996 has developed into an international network of researchers who are interested in various aspects of trade and growth. The DEGIT VRCENTER was launched at DEGIT X in 2005. It provides the means for virtual research cooperation and, with support by the German National Library of Economics, offers DEGIT members preferential access to virtual resources that may not be available through the Kiel Portal, such as selected full-text library content and economic data series.

The annual DEGIT conference, which is organized in cooperation with local hosts, is open to all researchers who want to present work on topics that are related to DEGIT conference themes and DEGIT research interests. DEGIT workshops address narrower research themes and are expected to occur more frequently in the future. Previous conference papers and other DEGIT research papers are available for download in pdf-format.

The DEGIT VRCENTER supports a number of virtual research communities. Virtual research communities consist of small groups of researchers, who can use the interactive web-pages provided by this platform for joint work on a specific project (login required). The present DEGIT VRCOMS focus on 

  • international trade and investment,
  • economic growth,
  • environmental economics, and
  • dynamic systems.

All DEGIT research share a common interest in questions related to dynamic resource allocation in an integrated world economy (trade and growth), but they may differ with regard to the research methods employed. Bringing together different strands of research under one virtual roof and providing resources for efficient communication across projects and communities may help to advance academic research through specialization and exchange.


DEGIT Academic council

Volker Böhm, Bielefeld University

Alan V. Deardorff, University of Michigan

Bernhard Felderer, Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna  

Oded Galor, Brown University

Ronald W. Jones, University of Rochester

Murray C. Kemp, Macquarie University/University of New South Wales

Rainer Klump, Frankfurt University

Tapio Palokangas, University of Helsinki

Henry Y. Wan, Jr., Cornell University

Alan Woodland, University of New South Wales