Paul Muller

I am Assistant Professor at the VU University Amsterdam, Research Fellow at the Tinbergen Institute, and research affiliate at IZA. I am a co-organizer of the Tinbergen Institute Labour Seminar Series.

My research interests are (empirical) labor economics and applied microeconomics. I have been using both field experiments and administrative data in my studies and have worked topics such as

  • the role of occupational information in job search

  • job search assistance programs and their (in)direct effects

  • family policies (such as parental leave and childcare subsidies) and labor market participation

  • disability insurance and the labor market

  • taxation and migration


  • Jan 2022: Our paper on the importance of DI benefits during health recovery has been accepted for publication in Journal of Health Economics

  • Sep 2021: Our paper on how wage announcements affect job search has been conditionally accepted for publication in AEJ: Macro

  • Feb 2021: New discussion paper out on eliciting time preferences when consumption/income varies substantially (including an application on jobseekers)

  • Jan 2021: With support from the Ministry of Finance, we have started a project on evaluating the impacts of the 30% tax rule for immigrants in the Netherlands. Using unique data on the beneficiaries of the rule, we will study the effect of the rule on immigration and wages (joint with Massimo Giuliodori and Lisa Timm)