EUR Contact Details (Mon-Thur)

Room H9-20

Department of Economics

Erasmus School of Economics

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50

3062 PA Rotterdam - NL

+31 (0)10 408 1393


UM Contact Details (Fridays)

Room F3.07


Maastricht University

Tongersestraat 53

6211 LM Maastricht - NL

+31 (0)43 388 3287

I am Professor of Labour Economics of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) in Rotterdam and Professor of Applied Labour Economics at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University.          

My full CV is here!

My main research interests include: labour economics, economics of crime, economics of education, micro-econometrics, public economics, policy evaluation. 

I am a Research Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute (TI) Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics, a Research Fellow at IZA in Bonn and at the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBEMaastricht University, and a a Research Network Affiliate of the CESifo Group in Munich, .  

I am co-organising the 9th Transatlantic Workshop on the Economics of Crime  to be held at the University of Pennsylvania in October 2017. More information on the TWEC is here.

Research output:

1 - Working Papers:

How Does Reducing Years of Compulsory Schooling affect Education and Labour Market Outcomes in a Developing Country?” (with Ahmed Elsayed), ERF Working Paper Series Number 944

"Economic Uncertainty, Parental Selection, and the Criminal Activity of the 'Children of the Wall'" (with Arnaud Chevalier), ROA RM 2013/20
Featured in The Daily Telegraph, Bild-Zeitung, The Independent, Vox, and CentrePiece Magazine

"Social Bonding, Early School Leaving, and Delinquency" (with Tanja Traag and Rolf van der Velden), ROA RM 2010/14

2 - Published & Forthcoming Papers:

"High Achievers? Cannabis Access and Academic Performance" (with Ulf Zölitz), Review of Economic Studies, 84, 1210-1237, July 2017 
Featured in English in The ObserverDaily Mail, and The Independent; in German in the Frankfurter Allgemeine and in Focus; in Spanish in El País and in 6 other Uruguaian newspapers. 
The paper was also very nicely summarised on NPR. Press release available here.

"Economic Uncertainty, Parental Selection, and Children’s Educational Outcome" (with Arnaud Chevalier), Journal of Political Economy, 125, 393-430, March 2017.
"Police and Thieves in the Stadium: Measuring the (Multiple) Effects of Football Matches on Crime", Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, 179 (1), 273-292, January 2016
Working paper version dowloadable hereFeatured on BBC Two, in The Wall Street Journal, and in CentrePiece Magazine

"Youth Crime and Education Expansion" (with Stephen Machin and Suncica Vujic),  German Economic Review, 13 (4), 366-384, November 2012. Special issue on the Economics of Crime. 
Working paper version downloadable here.

"Measuring the (Income) Effect of Disability Insurance Generosity on Labour Market Participation" (with Judit Vall Castello), Journal of Public Economics, 96 (1-2), 198-210, February 2012.
Working paper version downloadable here

"Crime and Police Resources: The Street Crime Initiative" (with Stephen Machin), Journal of the European Economic Association, 9 (2), 678-701, August 2011.
Working paper version downloadable here. Featured in CentrePiece Magazine 

"The Crime Reducing Effect of Education" (with Stephen Machin and Suncica Vujic), The Economic Journal, 121, 463-484, May 2011.
Working paper version downloadable hereFeatured in The Economist - Economics Focus One of top EJ downloads of all times!

"Crime and Benefit Sanctions" (with Stephen Machin), Portuguese Economic Journal, 5, 149-165, August 2006.
Working paper version downloadable here. Featured in The Daily Telegraph

3 - Books:

Lessons from the Economics of Crime co-editor (with Philip J. Cook, Stephen Machin, and Giovanni Mastrobuoni), MIT Press, October 2013. 
The introduction to the book is available on SSRNWe also wrote a simplified version of the introduction in a Vox column and for CentrePiece Magazine

"The Relationship between School Performance, Delinquency, and Early School Leaving" (with Tanja Traag and Rolf van der Velden) pages 45 to 60 in Criminal Behaviour from School to the WorkplaceFrank Weerman and Catrien C.J.H. Bijleveld eds., NSCR/Routledge, December 2013 

4 - Work in Progress:

"Is There Really an Effect of Arrest on Income?"

"Early Release from Prison on Electronic Monitoring and Recidivism: A Tale of Two Discontinuities"

“Is Early School Tracking a Good Thing? International Comparison Exploiting Difference in Timing of Birth” (with Roxanne Korthals, and Dinand Webbink)

"Targeting Prolific Offenders to Reduce Crime: Theory and Evidence" (with Stephen Machin and Mikael Priks)  

"Education and Crime: Individual Measures of the Causal Relationship" (with Tanja Traag and Rolf van der Velden)

“Sickness Insurance and Work Absences: Who are the Morally Hazardous Public Workers?” (with Judit Vall Castello)