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    Chris Elbers
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    Pieter Gautier
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    Mathilde Godard
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    Jan Willem Gunning
  • Stefan Hochguertel
    Stefan Hochguertel
  • Marjan Hofkes
    Marjan Hofkes
  • Wendy Janssens
    Wendy Janssens
  • Bas van der Klaauw
    Bas van der Klaauw
  • Pierre Koning
    Pierre Koning
  • Peter Lanjouw
    Peter Lanjouw
  • Maarten Lindeboom
    Maarten Lindeboom
  • Roland Iwan Luttens
    Roland Iwan Luttens
  • Mauro Mastrogiacomo
    Mauro Mastrogiacomo
  • Jose Luis Moraga
    Jose Luis Moraga
  • Evgenia Motchenkova
    Evgenia Motchenkova
  • Remco Oostendorp
    Remco Oostendorp
  • Menno Pradhan
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    Hans Visser
  • Makoto Watanabe
    Makoto Watanabe
  • Wouter Zant
    Wouter Zant
Eric Bartelsman

Email: eric.bartelsman@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Macro, Markets & Organizations, Applied micro

Eric Bartelsman (1960) is Professor of Economics at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam and General Director of the Tinbergen Institute. He holds a BS from MIT and a PhD from Columbia University. Prior to his appointment at VU in 2000, he served as economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, as advisor to CPB Netherlands, and as Head of Economic Research at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands. In 2007 and 2008 he was a member of the Netherlands Council of Economic Advisors (REA), in 2012-13 he was non-resident Fellow of DG ECFin and presently he is Research Visitor at the ECB. His teaching ranges from first-year lectures to PhD seminars. His research interests are in the area of productivity growth, both from a micro and macro vantage point, and have led to publications in top journals. Bartelsman is a Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and IZA Bonn.

Research interests:

Determinants of Productivity
Firm dynamics and factor (re)allocation

Classes taught:

Macro Principles (EBE, AUC); Intermediate Macro (EBE); Introduction to Social Policy (AUC); Global Economics (AUC); Advanced Macro (MSc); Frictions and Resource Allocation (TI)

Key publications

Bartelsman, Eric J., Pieter A. Gautier, and Joris de Wind, “Employment Protection, Technology Choice, and Worker Allocation”, International Economic Review (forthcoming 2016).

Bartelsman, Eric J., and Zoltan Wolf, “Forecasting Aggregate Productivity using Information from Firm-level Data”, Review of Economics and Statistics, 96(4), 2014, pp. 745–55.

Bartelsman, Eric J., John Haltiwanger, and Stefano Scarpetta, “Cross Country Differences in Productivity: The role of allocation and selection”, American Economic Review, 103(1), 2013, pp. 305–334.

Bartelsman, Eric J., Stefano Scarpetta, and Fabiano Schivardi, “Comparative Analysis of Firm Demographics and Survival: Micro-level Evidence for the OECD countries,” Industrial and Corporate Change, 2005, 14(3), pp. 365-91.

Bartelsman, Eric J. and Roel M.W.J. Beetsma, “Why pay more? Corporate tax avoidance through transfer pricing in OECD Countries,” Journal of Public Economics, 2003, 87(9-10), pp. 2225-2252.

Bartelsman, Eric J. and Mark E. Doms, “Understanding Productivity: Lessons from Longitudinal Micro Datasets,” Journal of Economic Literature, September 2000, 38(3), pp. 569-594.

Hans Bloemen

Email: h.g.bloemen@vu.nl

Personal Website

Fields: Applied micro, public, labour.

Hans Bloemen (PhD Tilburg University) is an associate professor in micro labor. He started his career with a NWO postdoc position, and did contract research at CentER Applied Research, participated in research grants from Netspar and held visiting positions at the university of Cergy-Pontoise. He is fellow at Netspar and IZA, Bonn.

Research interests:

His main research interests are: (i) empirical search models, (ii) labour supply and taxation, (iii) retirement decisions, (iv) economics of the family.

Classes taught:

BSc: Economics for Business, Micro Economics, Industrial Organization and Labor Economics. Msc/ PhD: Labor Economics, Micro Economics of Life Cycle Behavior

Selected recent publications

An empirical model of collective household labour supply with nonparticipation (2010), Economic Journal, Vol. 120 (March), pp. 183-214.

The effect of private wealth on the retirement rate: an empirical analysis (2011), Economica, Vol. 78, pp. 637-655.

Market hours, household work, child care, and wage rates of partners: an empirical analysis (2014), with Elena Stancanelli, Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 51-81, March.

Job search requirements for older unemployed: Transitions to employment, early retirement and disability benefits (2013) with Marloes Lammers and Stefan Hochguertel, European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 31-57.

Job search, hours restrictions and desired hours of work (2008), Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 137-179.

Wim Boonstra

Email: w.boonstra@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Monetary

Wim Boonstra is part-time Professor of Economic and Monetary Policy at VU University in Amsterdam. He is also Chief Economist of Rabobank.


VU University Amsterdam, degree in economics (cum laude), 1985
Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program, 2001
VU University Amsterdam, Phd, 2008.
Thesis: the Balance of Payments and the International Investment Position (in Dutch).


Wim Boonstra teaches a.o. Money and Banking, International Economics and Bank Management.

Research Interest:

Monetary Economics, Banking, European Integration and International Macro.


Special Merit Award in the American Express Award Competition with an essay, in which he launches a proposal for the common funding of public deficits in EMU (1990).


Wim Boonstra has published numerous articles (both in Dutch and English) on banking, financial markets, international economics, business cycles and European Integration.

Wim Boonstra’s other positions include a.o.

President of the Monetary Commission of the European League for Economic Cooperation (ELEC)
Member of the Supervisory Board and Financial Audit Committee of the Diabetes Fund
Member of the Supervisory Board of SEO Stichting Economisch Onderzoek Amsterdam
Advisor of the Investment Committee of the Gasunie Pension Fund
Founder and secretary of the Monetary Circle, a group of monetary economists

Former positions include:

EMU project Coordinator of Rabobank (1995 – 1999)
Member of the Board of SUERF (the European Money and Finance Forum) (2006 – 2010)
Member of the government Task Force Wind Energy at Sea (2009 – 2010)
Board member of the Dutch Royal Society of Economic Affairs
Columnist in ‘Het Financieele Dagblad’ (the Dutch Financial Daily)

Contact information:

Postal address: Rabobank, attn. Economic Research,
P.O. Box 3500 / UCT 04.11, NL-3500 HG Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Email: wim.boonstra@rabobank.nl
Telephone: +31(0)302166617

Bjoern Bruegemann

Email: b.a.brugemann@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Macro, Labor, Micro


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004)

Professional experience:

Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University (July 2004 until June 2011)


Associate Editor, European Economic Review

Visiting Positions:

University of Pennsylvania, CREI, CESIfo, University of Konstanz

Research interests:


Courses taught

VU: Macroeconomics II (Bachelor)
AUC: Advanced Macroeconomics
TI: Macroeconomics I, Topics in Advanced Macroeconomics

Selected  publications

“Does Employment Protection Create Its Own Political Support?” (2012), Journal of the European Economic Association 10, 369-416.

“Rent Rigidity, Asymmetric Information, and Volatility Bounds in Labor Markets” (2010), with Giuseppe Moscarini, Review of Economic Dynamics 13, 575 – 596

“Employment Protection: Tough to Scrap or Tough to Get?” (2007), The Economic Journal, 117 (521), F386 – F415

Karel Davids

Email: c.a.davids@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Economic history

Karel Davids (PhD University of Leiden) is professor of Economic and Social History. He was visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York, visiting professor at Columbia University and fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. He is co-editor of the Brill series Knowledge Infrastructure and Knowledge Economy. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Academia Europaea.

Research interests:

His main research interests are (1) the comparative history of the development of knowledge in Europe, Asia and the Atlantic region 8th-19th centuries, and 2) urban transformation in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Classes taught:

History of economic institutions; Economic and social history, 18th-21th centuries

Selected publications:

(with Bert de Munck (ed.), Innovation and creativity in Late Medieval and Early Modern European cities (Ashgate, Farnham 2014)

The rise and decline of Dutch technological leadership. Technology, economy and culture in the Netherlands, 1350-1800, 2 vols. (Brill, Boston 2008)

(with Patrick Pasture and Greta Devos) (ed.) Changing liaisons. The dynamics of consultative arrangements in 20th century West-European democracies (Peter Lang, Brussel, 2007)

`River control and the evolution of knowledge: a comparison between regions in China and Europe, c.1400 – 1850′, Journal of Global History, 1 (2006) 59-79

`The transformation of an old industrial district : firms, family and mutuality in the Zaanstreek between c.1840 and 1920’, Enterprise and Society, 7 550-580 (2006)

Sabien Dobbelaere

Email: sabien.dobbelaere@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Applied micro, Labor

Sabien Dobbelaere (PhD Ghent University) is associate professor (UHD) at the Department of Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Research Fellow at Tinbergen Institute (TI) and IZA. She received a PhD fellowship from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) in 2000, a postdoctoral fellowship from the FWO in 2004 and a SEEK research grant from the ZEW in 2010. She held visiting research positions at CREST (Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique, Paris) and ZEW (Mannheim).

Research interests:

Her main research interests are applied microeconometrics and applied microeconomics, in particular wage and employment determination under imperfect competition, and firm productivity and pricing.

Classes taught:

She has been teaching microeconomics (100-level, 300-level) and labor economics (MSc level).

Personal website

Selected recent publications:

Dobbelaere S, Luttens RI. 2016. Gradual collective wage bargaining. Labour Economics 40: 37-42.

Bartelsman EJ, Dobbelaere S, Peters B. 2015. Allocation of human capital and innovation at the frontier: Firm-level evidence on Germany and the Netherlands. Industrial and Corporate Change 24(5): 875-949.

Dobbelaere S, Kiyota K, Mairesse J. 2015. Product and labor market imperfections and scale economies: Micro-evidence on France, Japan and the Netherlands. Journal of Comparative Economics 43(2): 290-322.

Dobbelaere S, Mairesse J. 2013. Panel data estimates of the production function and product and labor market imperfections. Journal of Applied Econometrics 28(1): 1-46.

Boulhol H, Dobbelaere S, Maioli S. 2011. Imports as product and labour market discipline. British Journal of Industrial Relations 49(2): 331-361.

Chris Elbers

Email: c.t.m.elbers@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields:Development, applied micro

Professor Chris Elbers (PhD Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is holder of the Desmond Tutu Chair for Youth, Sports, and Reconciliation in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEWEB-VU). He has collaborated with researchers from (a.o.) Yale University, the University of California at Berkeley, Cape Town University, Stellenbosch University, Oxford University (UK), the World Bank, Unicef and the ILO. He is director of the Amsterdam Institute for International Development, member of the board of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, member of the scientific advisory board of the Amsterdam Health and Technology Institute, and fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and the European Union Development Network.

Research interest:

Economics of developing countries, both micro and macro; impact evaluation of development policy; measurement and small-area estimation of poverty and inequality; big data methods.


MSc economics: Microeconomics for development; globalization, growth and development
BSc economics: Development economics and emerging markets; international trade
Tinbergen Institute: Development economics
Amsterdam University College: advanced macroeconomics


Numerous reports commissioned by the World Bank, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department for International Development (DFID), Government of Indonesia, Unicef, United Nations, EU.


Elbers, Chris, and Jan Willem Gunning. 2015. “What Do Development NGOs Achieve?”. Chapter 33 in Célestin Monga and Justin Yifu Lin (eds): The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics. Volume 2: Policies and Practices. Oxford: Oxford UP.

Elbers, Chris, and Jan Willem Gunning, 2014. “Evaluation of Development Programs: Randomized Controlled Trials or Regressions?”. World Bank Economic Review.

Elbers, Chris, Jan Willem Gunning, and Lei Pan: “Insurance and Rural Welfare: What Can Panel Data Tell Us?”, Applied Economics, 2009, 41, (24), p3093-3101.

Elbers, Chris, Peter Lanjouw, Johan Mistiaen, and Berk Özler: “Reinterpreting Between-Group Inequality”, Journal of Economic Inequality, 2008, 6, (3), p231-245.

Elbers, Chris, Jan Willem Gunning, and Bill Kinsey: “Growth and Risk: Methodology and Micro Evidence”, World Bank Economic Review, 2007, Vol. 21 (1), p1-20.

Pieter Gautier

Email: p.a.gautier@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields:Macro, labor, applied micro

Pieter Gautier (PhD Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is professor in macro labor. He received a VIDI grant from NWO in 2003 and held visiting positions at Georgetown University and MIT. He was associate editor at the Journal of the European Economic Association between 2009 and 2015, is fellow at CEPR, CES/Ifo, IZA and one of the founders of the SaM (search and matching) network. He is scientific advisor of the CPB and helped to design matching mechanisms for high school students and doctors.

Research interests:

His main research interests are: (i) search and matching models of the labor, marriage and housing market, (ii) school assignment models, (iii) competing mechanisms.

Classes taught:

BSc: economics for the global era, personnel economics, macroeconomics. Msc/ PhD: Advanced macroeconomics, macroeconomics of the labor market

Selected recent publications

Directed search in the housing market (2016) with Jim Albrecht and Susan Vroman , Review of Economic Dynamics, 19-1

Employment protection, technology choice, and worker allocation (2016) with with Eric J. Bartelsman and Joris de Wind, Forthcoming, International Economic Review.

Efficient entry in competing auctions (2014) with Jim Albrecht and Susan Vroman, American Economic Review, 104,3288-96.

On-the-job search, mismatch and efficiency (2010) with Coen N. Teulings and Aico van Vuuren, Review of Economic Studies, 77-1, 245-272.

Equilibrium directed search with multiple applications (2006) with J. Albrecht and S. Vroman, Review of Economic Studies, 73, 869-91.

Mathilde Godard

Email: m.godard@vu.nl

Personal website:

Fields: Applied micro, health, labor.

Mathilde Godard is a post-doc in health and labour economics. She received a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship in 2016. She holds a PhD from CREST and University Paris-Dauphine.

Research interests:
Her main research interests are: (i) Health and Labor economics, in particular issues related to health and work (ii) business cycles and health.

Classes taught:
BSc.: Public Economics

Selected recent publications:

Garrouste, C., and Godard, M. (2016): “The lasting health impact of leaving school in a bad economy: Britons in the 1970s recession”, Health Economics, Vol. 25, Issue S2, pp 70-92.

Godard M. (2016): “Gaining weight through retirement? Results from the SHARE survey”, Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 45, pp 27–46.

Caroli, E. and M. Godard (2016): “Does Job Insecurity Deteriorate Health?”, Health Economics, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp 131-147.

Media Coverage: The Conversation, Cahiers Louis Bachelier (in French).

Jan Willem Gunning

Email: j.w.gunning@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Development

Jan Willem Gunning (DPhil Oxford) is emeritus professor of development economics and board member of the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID). He has been a staff member of the World Bank in Washington DC and professor at the University of Oxford where he directed the Centre for the Study of African Economies.

His research interests include impact evaluation, changes in poverty, and the effect of risk on growth in rural societies.

He holds an honorary doctorate of the University of Auvergne (France), awarded for his leading role in economic research on Africa, and is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Since 2011 he is the Academy’s general secretary.

Selected publications

Growth and Risk: Methodology and Micro Evidence, World Bank Economic Review, vol. 21, 2007, pp. 1-20 (with Chris Elbers and Bill Kinsey)

Trade Shocks in Developing Countries, 2 volumes, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999 (with Paul Collier and associates)

Explaining African Economic Performance, Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 37, 1999, pp. 64-111 (with Paul Collier)

The IMF’s Role in Structural Adjustment, Economic Journal, vol. 109, 1999, pp. F634-651 (with Paul Collier)

Applied General Equilibrium Models for Policy Analysis, in: J. Behrman and T.N. Srinivasan (eds.), Handbook of Development Economics, vol. 3A, Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1995, pp. 2025-2107 (with Michiel Keyzer)

Stefan Hochguertel

Email: s.hochguertel@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Public, applied micro

Stefan Hochguertel is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at VU Amsterdam, and a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute; the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar); and the Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies (UCFS). He holds an economics degree from the University of Munich and a PhD in economics from Tilburg University. He has held previous research positions at Uppsala University and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).

Research interests: His research includes analyses of household and consumer financial and labour market behaviour, ranging from topics in saving, consumer credit and portfolio choice, and intergenerational transfers and wealth inequality, to issues in retirement and self-employment.

Classes taught : include labor economics, public economics, and advanced microeconomics.

Selected publications:

Mette Ejrnæs and Stefan Hochguertel, “Is Business Failure Due to Lack of Effort? Empirical Evidence from a Large Administrative Sample,” Economic Journal, 123(571), 791-830, 2013.

Marloes Lammers, Hans Bloemen, and Stefan Hochguertel, “Job Search Requirements for Older Unemployed: Transitions to Employment, Early Retirement and Disability Benefits,” European Economic Review, 58, 31-57, 2013.

Giuseppe Bertola, Stefan Hochguertel, and Winfried Koeniger, “Dealer Pricing of Consumer Credit,” International Economic Review, 46, 1103-1142, 2005.

Rob Alessie, Stefan Hochguertel, and Guglielmo Weber, “Consumer Credit: Evidence from Italian Micro Data,” Journal of the European Economic Association, 3, 144-178, 2005.

Rob Alessie, Stefan Hochguertel, and Arthur van Soest, “Ownership of Stocks and Mutual Funds: A Panel Data Analysis,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 86, 783-796, 2004.

Marjan Hofkes

Email: m.w.hofkes@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Environment, Macro, Micro, Public.

Marjan Hofkes is full Professor of Environmental Economics at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEWEB) and Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). Additionally, she serves as Head of Studies Economics of the new Bachelor programme Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at VU Amsterdam. In that capacity she is also member of the management team of the John Stuart Mill College (JSM) in which the PPE programme is embedded.

Marjan Hofkes obtained her doctoral degree in Econometrics in 1987 (cum laude) and she received her PhD in Mathematical Economics in 1991, from VU Amsterdam.

She is former head of the department of Environmental Economics of IVM, former acting director and chair of the management board of the same institute as well as former deputy director of IVM. Previously, she was a policy advisor to the Minister of Finance. Among other advisory roles, she was member of the committee on Sustainable Development of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER).

Classes taught:

Bachelor level: Academic Skills, Economic Challenges, Ethics, Inclusive Growth and Sustainability, Price Theory, Research Seminar Spatial Economics.

Master level: Environmental Policy and Technological Change, Sustainability and Growth.

Research interests:

Economic Modelling, Environmental Economics, Environment-Economy Trade-off, Economics of Sustainable Development, Economic Effects of Floods.

Selected publications:

Husby, T.G., de Groot, H.L.F., Hofkes, M.W. & Filatova, T. (2017). Flood Protection and Endogenous Sorting of Households: the role of credit constraints. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Published online 11 August 2015.

Hwang, I.C., Tol, R.S.J. & Hofkes, M.W. (2016). Fat-tailed risk about climate change and climate policy. Energy Policy, 89, 25–35.

Okullo, S.J., Reynès, F. & Hofkes, M.W. (2015). Modeling peak oil and the geological constraints on oil production. Resource and Energy Economics, 40, 36–56.

Husby, T.G., de Groot, H.L.F., Hofkes, M.W. & Droes, M.I. (2014). Do floods have permanent effects? Evidence from the Netherlands. Journal of Regional Science, 54(3), 355–377.

Safarzynska, K., Brouwer, R. & Hofkes, M.W. (2013). Evolutionary modelling of the macro-economic impacts of catastrophic flood events. Ecological Economics, 88, 108-118.

Dekker, T., Brouwer, R., Hofkes, M. & Moeltner, K. (2011). The effect of risk context on the value of statistical life: a Bayesian meta-model. Environmental and Resource Economics, 49(4), 597-624.



Wendy Janssens

Email: w.janssens@vu.nl

Personal website:


Wendy Janssens (PhD Tinbergen Institute – Vrije Universiteit) is Associate Professor in development economics. She is affiliated as senior researcher with the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID), and research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute. Previously, she held visiting positions at the Institute of Fiscal Studies in London, and the World Bank Development Economics Research group in Washington, DC. She has received numerous research grants, including a VENI grant from NWO in 2010 to study the interaction between microinsurance and microcredit in Sub-Saharan Africa.
She has extensive experience in designing and coordinating multi-disciplinary research programmes to provide rigorous and locally grounded policy advice to national and international organisations as well as governments (such as Oxfam Novib, PharmAccess Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank).

Research interests:
Behavioral, experimental and micro-econometric analyses of (i) sexual and reproductive health and rights, (ii) microfinance, credit, savings (iii) health care and health insurance, (iv) intra-household bargaining, polygamy, domestic violence, and (v) early childhood development.

Current teaching
VU Economics (BSc): Development Economics
Tinbergen Institute (MPhil): Development Economics
VU Minor in Economics (BSc): Applications in Economic Policy

Selected recent publications:

• Janssens, W. and B. Kramer (forthcoming), “The social dilemma of microinsurance: Freeriding in a framed field experiment”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation.

• Alhassan, K.A., S.O. Duku, W. Janssens, E. Nketiah-Amponsah, N. Spieker, P. van Ostenberg, D.K. Arhinful, M. Pradhan, T.F. Rinke de Wit (2015), “Comparison of Perceived and Technical Healthcare Quality in Primary Health Facilities: Implications for a Sustainable National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana”, PLoS ONE, Vol. 10(10):

• Koster, W, M. Groot-Bruinderink and W. Janssens (2015), “Empowering Women or Pleasing Men? Analyzing Male Views on Female Condom Use in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cameroon”, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Vol. 41(3), pp. 126-135

• Janssens, Wendy, Jacques van der Gaag, Tobias F. Rinke de Wit and Zlata Tanovic (2014), “Refusal bias in the measurement of HIV prevalence”, Demography, Vol. 51(3), pp. 1131-1157

• Janssens, W. and C. Rosemberg (2014), “The impact of a Caribbean home-visiting child development program on cognitive skills”, Economics of Education Review, Vol. 39, pp. 22-37.

• Janssens, W. (2011), “Externalities in program evaluation: the impact of a women’s empowerment program on immunization”, Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol.9(6), pp. 1082-1113.

Bas van der Klaauw

Email: b.vander.klaauw@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Applied micro, labor, public

Bas van der Klaauw (PhD Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is professor in policy evaluation. In 2008 he received an ERC Starting Grant for studying the effectiveness of active labor market policies. In the past he held visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. Currently, he is associated to IZA-Bonn, CEPR-London, IFAU-Uppsala. He is coordinator of the MSc economics at the Vrije Universiteit and chair of the educational board at Tinbergen Institute.

Research interests:

Empirical Microeconomics, Public Policy Evaluation, Labor Markets, School Choice, Intergenerational Mobility.


MSc economics: Advanced Methods for Applied Economic Research
Tinbergen Institute: Applied Microeconometrics I and II (basic techniques and policy evaluation)
BSc economics: Microeconomics I
Amsterdam University College: Introduction to Econometrics

Recent publications:

Ketel, N., E. Leuven, H. Oosterbeek and B. van der Klaauw (2016), The returns to medical school in a regulated labor market: evidence from admission lotteries, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming.

Ketel, N., J. Linde, H. Oosterbeek and B. van der Klaauw (2016), Tuition fees and sunk-cost effects, Economic Journal, forthcoming.

Van der Klaauw, B. (2014), From micro data to causality: forty years of empirical labor economics, Labour Economics 30, 88-97.

Van der Klaauw, B. and J.C. van Ours (2013), Carrot and stick: how reemployment bonuses and benefit sanctions affect exit rates from welfare, Journal of Applied Econometrics 28, 275-296.

De Jong, Ph., M. Lindeboom and B. van der Klaauw (2011), Screening disability insurance applications, Journal of the European Economic Association 9, 106-129.

Pierre Koning

Email: p.w.c.koning@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Labor, health

Pierre Koning (1971) is part-time professor of Labor Economics at the VU University Amsterdam and associate professor of economics at Leiden University. Until December 2015, Pierre was employed as a Chief Science Officer at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands. Pierre obtained his PhD at the VU University of Amsterdam – with his thesis focusing on job search models for the labor market. His special interest lies in the field of welfare-to-work services and disability insurance – here most of his international publications are also focused on. Pierre also is affiliated with IZA, Tinbergen Institute and Talma Instute for Work, Care and Welfare.

Research interests:

labor economics, health and work, public sector performance and incentives


Labour Economics (Msc) and Economics of the Welfare State (BSc)

Website at Leiden University

Selected publications:

Koning, Pierre and Maarten Lindeboom, 2015, The Rise and Fall of Disability Enrolment in the Netherlands, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 29(2), 151-172.

Koning, Pierre and Arthur van de Meerendonk, 2014, The Impact of Scoring Weights on Price and Quality Outcomes: An Application to the Procurement of Welfare-to-Work Contracts, European Economic Review, 71, 1-14.

Koning, Pierre and Karen van der Wiel, 2013, Ranking the Schools: How School-Quality Information Affects School Choice in the Netherlands, Journal of the European Economic Association, 11(2), 466-493.

Webbink, Dinand, Pierre Koning, Suncica Vujić and Nicholas Martin, 2013, Why are criminals less educated than non-criminals?, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 29(1), 115-144.

Koning, Pierre and Michiel van Leuvensteijn, 2004, The effects of home ownership on labour mobility in the Netherlands, Journal of Urban Economics, 55(3), 580-596.

Peter Lanjouw

Email: p.f.lanjouw@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Development

Peter Lanjouw (PhD London School of Economics) is professor in development economics. Prior to joining the VU Economics department in January 2015 he had spent more than two decades in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank, most recently as Manager of the Poverty and Inequality team . He has taught courses at the Delhi School of Economics, the Foundation for the Advanced Study of International Development, Tokyo, and the University of Namur, Belgium, and has held a visiting position at the University of California, Berkeley. He is current editor of the World Bank Research Observer and a past assistant editor of the World Bank Economic Review. He is a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and a core member of the Global Poverty Commission, convened by the World Bank.

Research Interests:
His main research interests are: i) measurement and analysis of poverty and inequality in developing countries; ii) structural transformation in developing economies; and iii) contribution of longitudinal village studies to the analysis of rural development.

Classes taught:
BSc: microeconomics for development; structural policy (minor) public economics (minor); international trade growth and development (AUC) MSc/PhD: Development Economics (TI); Growth Globalization and Development (MSc.);

Selected recent publications:

Dang H. , Lanjouw, P, Luoto, J., and McKenzie, D. (2014) Using Repeated Cross Sections to Explore Movements In and Out of Poverty, Journal of Development Economics, 107, 112- 128.

Ferre, C., Ferreira, F. and Lanjouw, P. (2012) Is There a Metropolitan Bias? The Relationship Between Poverty and City Size in a Selection of Developing Countries, World Bank Economic Review 26(3), 351-382.

Christiaensen, L., Lanjouw, P., Luoto, J. and Stifel, D. (2011) Small Area Estimation-Based Prediction Methods to Track Poverty: Validation and Applications Journal of Economic Inequality 10(2) 267-297.

Araujo, C., Ferreira, F., Lanjouw, P. and Ozler, B. (2008) Local Inequality and Project Choice: Theory and Evidence from Ecuador, Journal of Public Economics, Vol 92/5-6, 1022-1046

Elbers, C., Lanjouw, J., and Lanjouw, P. (2003) Micro-level Estimation of Poverty and Inequality, Econometrica, Vol 71(1), January, 355-364.

Maarten Lindeboom

Email: m.lindeboom@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Applied micro, health

Maarten Lindeboom (PhD Leiden University) is a professor of Economics and chair of the department of economics. He is currently editor of the Journal of Health Economics and held longer term visiting position at the University of Michigan (Netherlands visiting Professorship, The Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences) and the University of Bristol (Benjamin Meaker Chair).

His research can be characterized as applied microeconomics in the field of health, labor and ageing

Classes taught:

BSc: Micro economics / Statistics / Health Economics / Labor Economics
MSc / PhD : Economics of the Welfare State / Applied Micro Econometrics / Health Economics

Selected recent Publications

Berg, G.J. van den, Lindeboom, M. & F. Portrait (2006) Economic Conditions early in life and individual mortality, American Economic Review, vol 96 (1), pp290-302, 2006

Jong, Ph, de. Lindeboom, M. & B van der Klaauw (2011), Screening Disability Insurance Applications, Journal of the European Economic Association, Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages: 106–129,

Bago D’uva, T. Doorslaer, E. van, Lindeboom, M. & O. O’Donell (2011), Slipping Anchor? Testing the Vignettes Approach to Identification and Correction of Reporting Heterogeneity, Journal of Human Resources, 46(4): 875–906.

Grip, A. de, Lindeboom, M. & R. Montizaan (2012) Shattered Dreams: The effect of Changing the Pensions System Late in the Game, Economic Journal, vol 122 issue 559, pp1-25

Koning, Pierre, and Maarten Lindeboom. 2015. “The Rise and Fall of Disability Insurance Enrollment in the Netherlands.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 29(2): 151-72.

Roland Iwan Luttens

Email: r.i.luttens@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Micro, history

Roland Iwan Luttens (PhD Ghent University) is lecturer in Economics at Amsterdam University College (AUC) and assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2012. Before he worked six years as a post-doctoral researcher for the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (FWO).

Research interests:

Luttens’s research interests are situated in the triangle of social choice theory, applied game theory and institutional economics. His doctoral dissertation studied the introduction of liberal-egalitarian principles of justice in the axiomatic design of redistribution mechanisms. Currently, among other things, he studies union-firm wage bargaining under nonbinding contracts, equilibrium allocations in jungle economies where property rights are absent and the adjudication of conflicting claims in bankruptcy situations.

Classes taught:

BSc: Introduction to Social Systems, Fundamentals of Microeconomics, Foundations of Microeconomics, Economic Thought in a Historical Perspective.

Selected recent publications:

Dobbelaere S, Luttens RI. 2016. Gradual collective wage bargaining. Labour Economics 40: 37-42.

Voting for redistribution under desert-sensitive altruism, Scandinavian Journal of Economics 114(3): 881-907, September 2012 (with Marie-Anne Valfort).

Minimal rights based solidarity, Social Choice and Welfare 34(1): 47-64, January 2010.

Is it fair to ‘make work pay’?, Economica 74(296): 599-626, November 2007 (with Erwin Ooghe).

Lorenz dominance and non-welfaristic redistribution, Social Choice and Welfare 28(2): 281-302, February 2007 (with Dirk Van de gaer).

Mauro Mastrogiacomo

Email: m.mastrogiacomo@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Labor, public

Jose Luis Moraga

Email: j.l.moragagonzalez@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: markets & organizations, applied micro, micro

ImageJosé L. Moraga (PhD University Carlos III Madrid) is professor of microeconomics. Before moving to the department of economics, he worked at IESE Business School, University of Groningen, Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Copenhagen. He received a Marie Curie Research Training Grant in 1998, and a Marie Curie Excellence Grant in 2007. He is associate editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization and the Spanish Economic Review. He is research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute, CEPR, CESifo, SOM, CERRE and the Private-Public Sector Research Center (PPSRC) of the IESE Business School.

Research interests:

information frictions in consumer and labor markets, search and advertising models
intermediation, two-sided markets,
R&D networks
Energy economics, gas markets

Classes taught:

BSc: Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Regulation and Competition Policy
Msc / PhD: Game Theory, Information Economics, Industrial Organization

Selected recent publications

“Prices and Heterogeneous Search Costs” (joint with Sandor, Z. and M.R. Wildenbeest), The Rand Journal of Economics, forthcoming

“R&D Networks” (joint with S. Goyal), RAND Journal of Economics 32-4, 686-707, 2001.

“Strategic Pricing, Consumer Search and the Number of Firms” (joint with M. Janssen), Review of Economic Studies 71, 1089-1118, 2004.

“Competing for attention in a consumer search model” (with M. Haan), The Economic Journal 121, 552-579, 2011.

“Consumer Search Costs, Demand-side Economies and the Incentives to Merge under Bertrand Competition” (with V. Petrikaite), RAND Journal of Economics 44-3, 391-424, 2013.

“Structural Estimation of Search Intensity: Do Non-employed Workers Search Enough?” (joint with P. Gautier and R. Wolthoff), European Economic Review, forthcoming.


Founder of the annual Workshop on Search and Switching Costs (WSSC)
Fellow and occasional contributor to the discussion papers on energy economics (CERRE, Brussels)
Speaker at the JRC/CNECT Workshop on The Economics of online platforms and potential policy implications – DG CNECT, Brussels

Evgenia Motchenkova

Email: e.i.motchenkova@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: markets & organizations, micro

Evgenia Motchenkova is assistant professor in industrial organization. She received her PhD from Tilburg University. She is also research fellow at Tinbergen Institute and TILEC (Tilburg Law and Economics Center).

Research interests:

Her main research interests are: Industrial Organization, Law and Economics, Competition Policy and Regulation, Game Theory, Dynamic Games.

Classes taught:

BSc: Promotion and Regulation of the Economy , Industrial Organization, Microeconomics
Msc: Industrial Organization and Competition Policy
PhD: Industrial Organization

Personal Website

Selected recent publications

Katsoulacos, Y., Motchenkova, E.I. & Ulph, D. (2015). Penalizing cartels: The case for basing penalties on price overcharge. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 42, 70-80.

Houba, H.E.D., Motchenkova, E.I. & Wen, Q. (2015). The Effects of Leniency on Cartel Pricing. The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, 15 (2), 351-389.

Lianos, I. & Motchenkova, E.I. (2013). Market Dominance and Search Quality in the Search Engine Market. Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 9 (2), 419-455.

Halbersma, R.S., Mikkers, M.C., Motchenkova, E.I. & Seinen, I. (2011). Market Structure and Hospital-Insurer Bargaining in the Netherlands. The European Journal of Health Economics, 12 (6), 589-603.

Motchenkova, E.I. (2008). Determination of optimal penalties for antitrust violations in a dynamic setting. European Journal of Operational Research, 189 (1), 269-291.

Remco Oostendorp

Email: r.oostendorp@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Development

Remco Oostendorp (PhD Harvard) is Professor of International Economics and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies. He is also a Research Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute (TI), Fellow of the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID), Research Associate of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE, University of Oxford), and Resource Person for the African Economic Resource Consortium (AERC). He has worked as an international consultant for the World Bank, ADB, ILO, UNDP, USAid, IDRC, among others.

Research interests:

His main research interests are in development and international economics, specifically the effects of globalization, integration of labor markets, firm performance, and agricultural intensification.

Classes taught:

BSc: International Trade, Growth and Development, Development of Macroeconomic Thought.

Msc/ PhD: Microeconomics for Development, Development Economics

Selected recent publications

‘Weathering the Storm: Input Smoothing by Cambodian Firms during the Global Financial Crisis’, (with Stephane Guimbert), forthcoming in Economic Development and Cultural Change.

‘Measuring the True Sales of Firms with Matched Survey and Tax Office Data’, The Review of Economics and Statistics, July 2014, Vol. 96, No. 3, pp. 563-576 (with Fujin Zhou).

‘Globalization and the Gender Wage Gap’, World Bank Economic Review, 23(1), 2009, pp.141-61.

‘Risk Sharing in Labour Markets’, The World Bank Economic Review, 2003, vol. 17, no. 4, pp.313-46 (with Arne Bigsten, Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Marcel Fafchamps, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Abena Oduro, Remco Oostendorp, Cathy Pattillo, Mans Söderbom, Francis Teal and Albert Zeufack).

‘Inventories and Risk in African Manufacturing’, The Economic Journal, vol. 110, no. 466, October 2000, pp.861-93 (with Marcel Fafchamps and Jan Willem Gunning).

Menno Pradhan

Email: m.p.pradhan@vu.nl


Fields: applied micro, development, education

Menno Pradhan (PhD Tilburg University) is professor in Project and Program Evaluation for International Development at the VU and UvA Economics departments since 2007. Prior to this he worked at the World Bank office in Indonesia (7 years) and Washington (2 years), at the VU (7 years) and Cornell University (1 year). He is also a co-academic director of the Amsterdam Institute for International Development and a fellow at the Tinbergen Institute.

Research Interests:

His research interests are in the areas of basic education, early childhood development, community empowerment and health. All of his work is empirical, usually based on household surveys, or surveys that were specifically designed for the purpose of an impact evaluation.

Classes taught:

BSc: International Trade and Development Economics
MSc: Micro Economics for Development

Selected recent publications:

de Ree, J., Alessie, R. & Pradhan, M. 2013, “The Price and Utility Dependence of Equivalence Scales: Evidence from Indonesia”, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 97, pp. 272-281.

Kruse, I., Pradhan, M. & Sparrow, R. 2012, “Marginal Benefit Incidence of Public Health Spending: Evidence from Indonesian Sub-national Data”, Journal of health economics, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 147-157.

Pradhan, M. & Ravallion, M. 2000, “Measuring poverty using qualitative perceptions of consumption adequacy”, Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 82, no. 3, pp. 462-471.

Pradhan, M., Saadah, F. & Sparrow, R. 2007, “Did the Health Card Program Ensure Access to Medical Care for the Poor during Indonesia’s Economic Crisis?”, World Bank Economic Review, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 125-150.

Pradhan, M., Suryadarma, D., Beatty, A., Wong, M., Gaduh, A., Alisjahbana, A. & Artha, R.P. 2014, “Improving Educational Quality through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia”, American Economic Journal-Applied Economics, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 105-126.

Hans Visser

Email: h.visser@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Monetary

Hans Visser (Ph.D. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is Professor Emeritus of Money and Banking and International Economics.

Research interests:

Islamic Finance
The Monetary System

Classes taught:

International Economics
Monetary Theory
Money and Banking

Personal website

Selected recent publications:

Financial Globalization and Economic Performance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2011, xxvii + 585 pp (Editor).

Islamic finance: aims, claims and the realities of the market place, in Aryona Rexha and Sonul Badiani (eds), Ethical Investment Study; Social Responsibility for the Gulf Investment, London: Arab Financial Forum, 2012, 25-38.

Het wensdenken van het burgerinitiatief Ons Geld, ESB 100 (4706), 26 maart 2015, 170-173.

Islamic Finance; Principles and Practice, Second Edition, paperback, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2015, xiv + 237 pp.

Folkert de Roos. Voorbeeldig vakman bij wie het om de inhoud ging, in Ab Flipse, red., Verder kijken. Honderdvijfendertig jaar Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in de samenleving, VU University Press, Amsterdam 2016, 171-177.

Makoto Watanabe

Email: m.watanabe@vu.nl

Personal website:

Fields: Applied micro, markets & organizations, monetary

Short Bio: Makoto Watanabe (PhD University of Essex) is an associate professor of economics at the Department of Economics at VU Amsterdam and a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and CESifo. Previously, he worked at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. He received a VIDI grant from NOW since 2012 and held a visiting position at New York University.

Research Interests: His main research interests are:
(1) Intermediation theory and its applications; (2) Dynamic trading/pricing patterns, (3) Search and matching models; (4) Macroeconomic implications of market transactional problems

Courses Taught:
BSc: Fundamentals of Macroeconomics (Amsterdam University College)
MSc: Policy Coordination and Decision Making in the EU (VU Amsterdam)
PhD: Topics in Industrial Organization (Tinbergen Institute)

Selected Recent Publications:

Competition in the presence of individual demand uncertainty (with Marc Möller), forthcoming, RAND Journal of Economics

Liquidity constraints in a monetary economy, (with Leo Ferraris), International Economic Review, 53 (2012) 255-277

Collateral fluctuations in a monetary economy, (with Leo Ferraris), Journal of Economic Theory, 146 (2011) 1915-1940

A model of merchants, Journal of Economic Theory, 145 (2010) 1865–1889

Advance purchase discounts versus clearance sales, (with Marc Möller) Economic Journal, 547 (2010) 1125-1148

Wouter Zant

Email: wouter.zant@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Development

Name: Wouter Zant

Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Fellow at the Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands. Phd in Economics from VU University

Professional experience:

Positions at Universiteit van Amsterdam, Centraal Planbureau and Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (SEOR), all in the Netherlands. Consultancies for international organizations (WorldBank, FAO, EU, Common Fund, etc) and national governments, in India, Bangladesh, Malawi,  Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana.

Research interests:

(i) Productivity, (ii) price and production risk, (iii) market access & transaction costs, (iv) domestic trade and (v) food security in developing country agriculture, with a geographical focus on Sub-Sahara Africa. What drives subsistence farming and how to enhance transitions to commercial farming?


BSc: International Trade, Exchange Rates and Stabilization Policy, Fundamentals of Macro Economics, Growth theory.
MSc / PhD: Development Economics

Selected  publications:

Zant, W.,  2017, ‘Trains, Trade and Transaction Costs: How does Domestic Trade by Rail affect Market Prices of Malawi Agricultural Commodities?’, World Bank Economic Review, forthcoming.

Zant, W., 2013, ‘How is Liberalization of Food Markets Progressing? Market Integration and Transaction Costs in Subsistence Economies’, World Bank Economic Review, 27, 1, 28-54.

Zant, W., 2012, ‘The Economics of Food Aid under Subsistence Farming with an Application to Malawi’, Food Policy, 37, 124–141.

V. Molini, B van den Boom, M.A.Keyzer, N.Nsowah-Nuamah and W.Zant, 2010, ‘Safety nets and index-based insurance: historical assessment and semi-parametric simulation for Northern Ghana’, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 58, 4, July, 671-712.

Zant, W., 2008, ‘Hot stuff: Index Insurance for Indian Pepper Growers’, World Development, 36, 9, 1585-1606.

Zant, W., 2001, ‘Hedging Price Risks of Farmers by Commodity Boards: a Simulation Applied to the Indian Natural Rubber Market’, World Development, 29, 4, 691-710