Matte Hartog is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development's Growth Lab. The center works to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty.

Matte's research focuses on the role of knowledge diffusion through external sources in fostering structural change of economies. For new economic activities to develop in countries, cities and firms, an influx of new capabilities is often necessary, which can be obtained through the inflow of organizations (for instance, multinational companies) and people from elsewhere. He graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master degree in Local Economic Development and from Utrecht University with a Master degree in Human Geography and Planning, and conducted PhD research on economic development in Colombia, Finland, The Netherlands and Sweden. 

His current work focuses on economic diversification in Colombia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United States.


Neffke, F., Hartog, M., Boschma, R., Henning, M. (2018) Agents of Structural Change: The Role of Firms and Entrepreneurs in Regional Diversification. Economic Geography, 1 (94), pp. 23-48. (Download STATA .do files here)

Boschma, R. and Hartog, M. (2014), Merger and Acquisition Activity as Driver of Spatial Clustering: The Spatial Evolution of the Dutch Banking Industry, 1850-1993. Economic Geography, 90 (3)pp. 247 - 266.

Broekel, T. and Hartog, M. (2014), Determinants of cross-regional R&D collaboration networks: an application of exponential random graph models. In: T. Scherngell (ed.) Advances in Spatial Science. The geography of networks and R&D collaborations. New York: Springer, pp. 49-80.

Broekel, T. and Hartog, M. (2013), Explaining the structure of inter-organizational networks using exponential random graph models. Industry and Innovation, 20 (3), pp. 277-295. 

Hartog, M., Boschma, R. and Sotarauta, M. (2012), The impact of related variety on regional employment growth in Finland 1993-2006: High-tech versus medium/low-tech. Industry and Innovation, 19 (6), pp. 459-476.