The research in the field of economics of education aims at a better understanding of what works in education, and why. Education policies that are assessed, include: reduction of class size, financial incentives for students, tuition fees, ability grouping, information provision, and the use of computers. One project studies ways to improve the procedure that allocates students to schools. Other projects use data from admission lotteries to estimate effects of highly-demanded secondary schools and highly-demanded fields of study (medicine).

Research in this area

Gender, Competitiveness and Career Choices, T. Buser, M. Niederle, H. Oosterbeek, Quarterly Journal of Economics 2014

Tuition Fees as a Commitment Device, N. Ketel, J. Linde, H. Oosterbeek, B. van der Klaauw, IZA Discussion Paper 7951, 2014

The impact of training vouchers on low-skilled workers, H. Oosterbeek, D. Hidalgo, D. Webbink, Labour Economics 2014

Gender peer effects in university: Evidence from a randomized experiment, H. Oosterbeek, R. van Ewijk, Economics of Education Review 2014

Long-Term Effects of Class Size, P. Fredriksson, B. Ockert, H. Oosterbeek, Quarterly Journal of Economics 2013

The Effects of Medical School on Health Outcomes: Evidence from Admission LotteriesE. Leuven, H. Oosterbeek, I. de Wolf, Journal of Health Economics 2013

Ramadan Fasting and Educational Outcomes, H. Oosterbeek, B. van der Klaauw, Economics of Education Review 2013 

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

The Role of Information in the Take-up of Student Loans, A. Booij, E. Leuven, H. Oosterbeek, Economics of Education Review 2012

Incentives versus Sorting in Tournaments: Evidence from a Field Experiment, E. Leuven, H. Oosterbeek,J. Sonnemans, B. van der Klaauw, Journal of Labor Economics 2011 

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 Effects of Financial Rewards on Students' Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment, E. Leuven, H. Oosterbeek, B. van der Klaauw, Journal of the European Economic Association 2010 

An Alternative Approach to Estimate the Wage Returns to Private-sector Training, E. Leuven, H. Oosterbeek, Journal of Applied Econometrics 2008 

Parental Education and Child Health: Evidence from a Schooling Reform, M. Lindeboom, A. Llena-Nozal, B. van der Klaauw, Journal of HealtEconomics 2009

The Effect of Extra Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils on Achievement, E. Leuven, M. Lindahl, H. Oosterbeek, D. Webbink, The Review of Economics and Statistics 2007

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

Selected contributions to policy

Schoolkeuze Voortgezet Onderwijs in Amsterdam: Resultaten van een Simulatiestudie, P. Gautier, M. de Haan, B. van der Klaauw, H. Oosterbeek, Onderzoeksrapport 2014

Schoolkeuze Voortgezet Onderwijs in Amsterdam: Resultaten van een EnquĂȘte, P. Gautier, M. de Haan, B. van der Klaauw, H. Oosterbeek, Onderzoeksrapport 2013

Medisch specialisten profiteren van kunstmatige schaarste aan artsen, N. Ketel, B. van der Klaauw, E. Leuven, H. Oosterbeek, MeJudice 2012

Researchers working in this area

bas smallBas van der Klaauw (Professor, VU University)

erikplug2 smallErik Plug (Professor, University of Amsterdam)

Adam smallAdam Booij (Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam)

jonalinde smallJona Linde (Researcher, VU University)

hessel smallHessel Oosterbeek (Professor, University of Amsterdam)

thomas smallThomas Buser (Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam)


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