Labour Economics and Welfare

Research interests

Our research is focused on two complementary research fields: labour and welfare economics. Within these fields our aim is finding responses to “real world” societal questions within a rigorous framework. Our analysis is both empirical and theoretical. While most of our research is grounded in economics, a substantial fraction of our research relies on collaborations with researchers from other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, communication and public administration. Main topics of research include, among others, policy evaluation, unemployment, the transition from school to work, discrimination, work and health, inequality, income mobility, optimal taxation and the measurement of (individual) welfare and well-being. 

Key publications


Recent PhD graduates

First or current placement (when available) in parenthesis

  • Philippe Sterkens, April 2024, The burnout aftermath: stigma as a persistent threat to (re-employment)
  • Louis Lippens, August 2023, Recruiter says 'no' : measuring and explaining labour market discrimination
  • Abel Ghekiere, May 2023, Better luck next time... New methodological approaches to understanding and reducing the mechanisms of rental discrimination
  • Astrid Buchmayr, January 2023, Development and application of a holistic sustainability assessment of energy technologies (Ghent University)
  • Hannah Van Borm, November 2021, An Arab, a woman, and an old guy walk into a job interview: Examining explanations for discrimination in hiring
  • Simon Amez, July 2021, Scroll, study, sleep, repeat! Examining the toxic love triangle between smartphone use, sleep quality and academic performance
  • Brecht Neyt, August 2020, How decisions in school affect how easily you find a job (and a date) (UGent) 
  • Stefanie Vanneste, April 2020, The effect of politics on the financial performance of Flemish local governments (Vlaamse Overheid)
  • Haya Al-Ajlani, January 2020, Well-being and state fragility : a non-paternalistic approach to well-being, a conceptual index of state fragility, and their relation
  • Benjamin Schalembier, April 2019, How relative income affects life satisfaction (Flemish Government Department for Work & Social Economy)
  • Lieze Sohier, December 2018, Involuntary employment and well-being of older workers and retirees
  • Eva Van Belle, June 2018, Getting Stuck in Unemployment: Pitfalls and Helping Hands (Université de Neuchâtel)
  • Yannick Thuy, September 2016, Age, women, and employment: an evaluation (Planbureau)
  • Jose Figueroa Oropeza, December 2015, Children's opportunities and impact evaluation (International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, USA)