Labour Economics and Welfare

Research topics

  • labour economics:
    • Micro-econometric policy evaluation applied to (active) labour market policies;
    • Construction and estimation of structural behavioural models;
    • Transitions from school to work and the early labour market career;
    • Field and lab experiments applied to research on discrimination.
  • wellfare economics:
    • Equality of opportunity;
    • Measurement of income mobility;
    • Construction of a multidimensional well-being index;
    • Alternative aggregate indicators to measure and evaluate well-being.


  • Stijn Baert
    His research is situated in the broad field of labour economics with a focus on the transition from school to work and on labour market discrimination.
  • Bart Cockx
    His main research interests are labour economics and micro-econometrics, and more particularly the evaluation of (labour) market policies. He does not just apply empirical methods, but tries to work at the frontier by aiming at contributing, modestly, to the methodological literature within his applied research. Moreover, he is also interested in theory and in combining theory with empirical analysis, as his recent work on the monitoring of job search effort of unemployed illustrates.
  • Eddy Omey
    His main research interests are labour economics and economics of education (transitions from school to work, over-education).
  • Luc Van Ootegem
    His research focuses on applied welfare economics in general , and more specifically the empirical measurement and normative evaluation of well-being. It is an objective to make the ‘translation’ from findings in an academic setting to possibilities for applications in policy and reality.
  • Dirk Van de gaer
    His core interest is in the development and exact formulation of normative principles and their implications for the evaluation of social states, the distribution of income, income mobility and social programs (conditional cash transfer programs), as well as their implications for optimal (tax) policy.
  • Elsy Verhofstadt
    Her research interests include, amongst others, the measurement and evaluation of well-being and qualitative aspects of entry jobs. She has a strong focus on positive research while paying attention to the normative consequences of any empirical undertaking.