Macroeconomics, Policy and Econometrics

Research interests

We focus on empirical and methodological research on a wide range of topics related to macroeconomic fluctuations, both at the business cycle frequency and in the long run. Particular interest goes to the design of fiscal, monetary and labor market policy and their interplay with the macroeconomy (economic growth, labor market performance, inflation, population aging dynamics, oil and food commodity markets, ...). Methodologically, we aim to develop and implement econometric techniques for time series analysis, panel data estimation, time-varying parameter models, vector autoregressions (VARs) and to design Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) and Overlapping Generations (OLG) models.

Key publications


    • We organize an Annual International Workshop on Empirical Macroeconomics. The aim of this two-day workshop is to bring together researchers working on topics in Empirical Macroeconomics and discuss their ongoing research. We invite contributions on issues related to Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Business Cycle Analysis or International Macroeconomics.
    • We are an active partner in the organization of the Annual Belgian Macroeconomics Workshop

    Recent PhD graduates

    First or current placement (when available) in parenthesis

    • Frederic Opitz, November 2023, Topics in Empirical Macroeconomics
    • Pieter Van Rymenant, January 2023, The macroeconomic, distributional and welfare effects of estate taxation (Ghent University)
    • Wouter van Der Veken, August 2022, Topics in empirical macroeconomics (National Bank of Belgium)
    • Joris Wauters, September 2020, Essays on wage and price inflation (National Bank of Belgium)
    • Martin Iseringhausen, November 2019, Unobserved components models in macroeconomics and finance (European Stability Mechanism)
    • Stef De Visscher, October 2019, Measuring total factor productivity and understanding its determinants (KBC, Finance & Risk)
    • Bruno Albuquerque, June 2019, Household debt, housing cycles, and interactions with monetary policy. (ECB, Germany)
    • Willem Devriendt, October 2018, Coping with Demographic Change: Macroeconomic Effects and Optimal Pension Reform. (IDEA Consult)
    • Ignace De Vos, October 2018, Panel Data Econometrics - Dynamics and Cross-Section Dependence (Lund University)
    • Jasmien De Winne, Februari 2018, The Consequences of Food Price Changes: A Macroeconomic Perspective (Belgian Foreign Affaires Department)
    • Marco BernardiniDecember 2017, Private Debt and Macroeconomic Stability (Bank of Italy)
    • Brecht Boone, June 2017, Labour Market Imperfections, Expectations and Fiscal Policy in Dynamic Macro Models (E.CA Economics) 
    • Ewoud Quaghebeur, May 2017, Expectations and the Macroeconomic Dynamics of Fiscal Policy (Ghent University)