Erik Plug is Professor of Economics at Amsterdam School of Economics of the University of Amsterdam. Previously, he was Director of Graduate Studies at Tinbergen Institute and held positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Wageningen University. He has a Master in Econometrics and PhD in Economics from the University of Amsterdam. His research interests relate to family, education and labor economics. His research is always empirically orientated. Recent examples include family-driven estimation strategies (relying on adoptees, twins and IVF treatments) applied to topics in intergenerational mobility, the economics of sexual minorities, family labor supply models and family well-being. Erik Plug's research has been published in the American Economic Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Political Economy and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

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Location: UvA, E6.26

Selected publications

Birth Order and Human Capital Development: Evidence from Ecuador, M. de Haan, E. Plug, J. Rosero, Journal of Human Resources 2014

Sexual Orientation, Prejudice and Segregation, E. Plug, D. Webbink, N. Martin, Journal of Labor Economics 2014

The Causal Effect of Parent's Schooling on Children's Schooling: A Comparison of Estimation Methods, H. Holmlund, M. Lindahl, E. Plug, Journal of Economic Literature 2011

The Origins of Intergenerational Associations: Lessons from Swedish Adoption Data, A. Bjorklund, M. Lindahl, E. Plug, Quarterly Journal of Economics 2006

Estimating the Effect of Personality on Male and Female Earnings, G. Mueller, E. Plug, Industrial and Labor Relations Review 2006

Effect of Sexual Preferences on Earnings in the Netherlands, P. Berkhout, E. Plug, Journal of Population Economics 2004


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