The research in the field of labor economics is concerned with explaining the process of job search and the matching of workers and employers. Empirical studies focus on public policies aiming at stimulating job search. These policies include labor market institutions such as benefits and employment protection legislation, and active labor market policies such as benefits sanctions, re-employment bonuses, job search assistance and monitoring. For the empirical evaluation of these policies either extensive administrative data or data from randomized experiments are used. 

Research in this area

Employment protection, technology choice, and worker allocation, P. Gautier, E. Bartelsman, J. de Wind, International Economic Review (forthcoming)

Sorting and the output loss due to search frictions, P. Gautier, C. Teulings, Journal of the European Economic Association (forthcoming)

From micro data to causality: forty years of empirical labor economics, B. van der Klaauw, Labour Economics (forthcoming)

The effect of income on religiousness, T. Buser, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics  (forthcoming)

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

Efficient entry in competing auctions, P. Gautier, J. Albrecht, S. Vroman, American Economic Review 2014

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

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

Carrot and Stick: How Re-employment Bonuses and Sanctions Affect Exit Rates from Welfare, B. van der Klaauw, J. van Ours, Journal of Applied Econometrics 2013

Multitasking, T. Buser, N. Peter, Experimental Economics 2012

Digit ratios, the menstrual cycle and social preferences, T. Buser, Games and Economic Behavior 2012

The impact of the menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptives on competitiveness, T. Buser, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 2012

Analyzing Female Labor Supply - Evidence from a Dutch Tax Reform, N. Bosch, B. van der Klaauw, Labor Economics 20012

Wage Dynamics and Promotions inside and between Firms, A. Dias da Silva, B. van der Klaauw, Journal of Population Economics 2011

Screening Disability Insurance Applications, Ph. de Jong, M. Lindeboom, B. van der Klaauw, Journal of the European Economic Association  2011

Selection in a field experiment with voluntary participation, P. Gautier, B. van der Klaauw, Journal of Applied Econometrics 2010

On-the-job search, mismatch and efficiency, P. Gautier, C. Teulings, A. van Vuuren, Review of Economic Studies 2010

Job Search and Academic Achievement, B. van der Klaauw, A. van Vuuren, European Economic Review 2010

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

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

Counseling and Monitoring of Unemployed Workers: Theory and Evidence from a Controlled Social Experiment, G. van den Berg, B. van der Klaauw, International Economic Review 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

Retirement Behaviour of Dutch Elderly Households, M. Mastrogiacomo, R. Alessie, M. Lindeboom, Journal of Applied Econometrics 2004

Selected contributions to policy

De arbeidsmarkteffecten van het verkorten van de maximale WW-duur, N. de Groot en B. van der Klaauw, Economisch Statistische Berichten 2015

Onderzoek naar effectiviteit inzet re-integratieinstrumenten DWI, J. Bolhaar, N. Ketel, B. van der Klaauw, Onderzoeksrapport 2014

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)

pietergautier smallPieter Gautier (Professor, VU University)

hessel smallHessel Oosterbeek (Professor, University of Amsterdam)

maarten-lindeboom smallMaarten Lindeboom (Professor, VU University)

jonnekebolhaar smallJonneke Bolhaar (Researcher, VU University)

patrickhullegie smallPatrick Hullegie (Researcher, VU University)


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