Short cv

Professor of Applied Economics

 - Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam

 (from  2016)

Head of Department of Applied Economics (since April 2018)

Oratie-Inaugural lecture: 19 mei 2017: Arbeid, gezondheid en geluk van oude mensen. 

Professorial fellow University of Melbourne (from 2007)

Partner Network "Economics of Mental Wellbeing" Monash Business School (from 2019)

Lid Raad van Commissarissen SEOR

Date - place of birth 1954 - Stellendam (Netherlands)
e-mail 1: janvanours @
e-mail 2: vanours @

Author at VoxEU


PhD Economics: Erasmus University Rotterdam (20-03-1986)
Master Economics: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (1977-82)
Master Mining Engineering: Technical University Delft (1971-77)

Fellow European Association of Labour Economists

Member Academy of Europe

Research fellow:  Tinbergen Institute (Amsterdam/Rotterdam)
CES-Ifo (Munich), CEPR (London), CREAM (London), IZA (Bonn), Global Labor Organization 

Editorial work:
Managing Editor De Economist (from 2010)
Associate Editor Labour Economics (from 2006)
Associate Editor Journal of the Economics of Aging (from 2012)
Editorial Board Covid Economics (from 2020)

Academic duty: Member of the Centrale Plancommissie of CPB (Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis); from 2014

Award: Hicks-Tinbergen medal - European Economic Association 1996; joint with Geert Ridder.

Throughout the book empirical papers are discussed in detail. Data and syntaxes of these papers are available here. The third edition is forthcoming (2021).

Favorite football club: Feyenoord

Previous positions: 
Professor of Labor Economics Tilburg University (1998 - 2016)
Scientific Director CentER (2001, Jan - July 4), 
Head Department of Economics Tilburg University (1999-2000), 
Director Tinbergen Institute (1994-1997), 
Professor of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (1994-1997) 
Associate Professor of Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1988-1994) 
Organisation for Labour Market Research (OSA; 1983-88) 
Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR; 1978-83).
Previous editorial work: 
Subject editor IZA World of Labor (Jan-July 2014)
Managing editor Economic Policy (2007-2012)
Associate editor Journal of the European Economic Association (2003-2008) 
Co-editor Labour Economics (1999-2004)
Associate editor European Economic Review (2001-2004)
Editorial board CPB Report (1998-2003)

Previous academic duties:

President European Association of Labour Economists; 2011-2014 (Presidential address)

President European Society for Population Economics 2009 (Presidential address)
Council European Society for Population Economics (2006-2010) 
Board European Association of Labour Economists (1998-2004)
Member Economic Policy Forum (2001-2003)
Member Jury Hennipman prize (1997-2001)
Research Director Institute for Labour Studies (OSA; 1998-2005)
Advisory Research Board Danish National Institute of Social Research (2003-2013).

Others from the past
Board of scientific advisors Nyfer (2002-2011)
Board of supervisory directors Kliqmatch Maarssen (2002-2004). 

Important events:
Cup final 2016: Feyenoord 2 - FC Utrecht 1
Cup final 2018: Feyenoord 3 - AZ 0

Most important event: Feyenoord wins the Dutch league (see the making of):

27 Jan 2019 - Een bijzondere dag - An extraordinary day: Feyenoord - Ajax 6 - 2; zie ook: Aftermovie

Feyenoord supporters - opa vertelt/grandpa telling a story (in Dutch): loyalty/trouw Zie ook: verhaal

Waarom is Rotterdam zo leuk - Why I like Rotterdam: