Jeroen Smits

Jeroen Smits is Associate Professor Inequality and Development at the Nijmegen Center for Economics (NiCE) of Radboud University Nijmegen. He is specialized in quantitative comparative research and the construction of databases and knowledge instruments. His major research interests are (all forms of) inequality, social cohesion, and economic development. Smits is director of the Global Data Lab ( and developer of the Database Developing World (DDW), which contains micro-level data on over 20 million individuals in 110 low and middle income countries, including almost all African countries. The DDW offers tremendous opportunities for comparative research in the fields of demographics, education, work, gender, health and wealth. Both comparisons within Africa are possible as well as comparisons between African and Latin American or Asian countries.

Focus countries: All African countries (comparative research)