Eva Van Belle

Research interests

  • Labour Economics

  • Labour Market Discrimination

  • Policy Evaluation

  • Microeconometrics

  • Experimental Economics


  • 2022 - present: Assistant professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

  • 2018 - 2022: Postdoctoral researcher, NCCR - on the move, Switzerland

  • June - October, 2018: Postdoctoral researcher, Ghent University, Belgium

  • April - October, 2018: External collaborator, International Labour Organization, Switzerland

  • 2013 - 2018: Doctoral researcher, Ghent University, Belgiume

  • 2017 - 2018: Research intern, International Labour Organization, Switzerland

  • September - November, 2013: Intern, United Nations Headquarters, United States

  • July - August, 2012: Assistant and Data researcher "De perfecte storm", Ghent University, Belgium


  • 2013 - 2018: PhD in Economics, Ghent University, Belgium

  • 2012 - 2013: Master of Arts in Economics of Globalization and European Integration, Xiamen University (China), University of Antwerp (Belgium), Prague Univesity of Economics (Czech Republic)

  • 2011 - 2012: Master of Science in Economics, Ghent University, Belgium

  • 2008 - 2011: Bachelor of Science in Economics, Ghent University, Belgium

Journal articles

  • Auer, D., Ruedin, D., & Van Belle, E. (2022). No Sign of Increased Ethnic Discrimination during a Crisis: Evidence from the Covid-19 Pandemic. Socio-Economic Review. Forthcoming.

  • Ruedin, D., & Van Belle, E. (2022). The Extent of Résumé Whitening. Sociological Research Online. https://doi.org/10.1177/13607804221094625.

  • Pignatti, C. & Van Belle, E. (2021). Better together: Active and passive labor market policies in developed and developing economies. IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.2478/izajodm-2021-0009.

  • Van Belle, E., Caers, R., Cuypers, L., De Couck, M., Neyt, B., Van Borm, H., & Baert, S. (2020). What do student jobs on graduate CVs signal to employers?. Economics of Education Review, 75, 101979, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2020.101979.

  • Van Belle, E., Caers, R., De Couck, M., Di Stasio, V., & Baert, S. (2019). The Signal of Applying for a Job Under a Vacancy Referral Scheme. Industrial Relations, 58(2), 251-274, https://doi.org/10.1111/irel.12230

  • Cockx, B., & Van Belle, E. (2019). Wating Longer Before Claiming, and Activating Youth. No Point?. International Journal of Manpower, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJM-04-2017-0060.

  • Van Belle, E., Di Stasio, V., Caers, R., De Couck, M., & Baert, S. (2018). Why Are Employers Put Off by Long Spells of Unemployment?. European Sociological Review, 34(6), 694–710, https://doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcy039.

  • Baert, S., Marx, I., Neyt, B., Van Belle, E., & Van Casteren, J. (2018). Student employment and academic performance: An empirical exploration of the primary orientation theory. Applied Economics Letters, 25(8), 547-552, https://doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2017.1343443.

  • Cockx, B., & Van Belle, E. (2016). Jongeren sneller aan het werk krijgen? Een evaluatie van twee maatregelen. OVER. WERK, 26(2), 29-34, http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8503616.

Work in progress

  • Are students appropriate research surrogates? A comparison between sophomores, master students and professionals.

  • A meta-analysis of the immigrant-native and ethnic wage gaps.

  • Is there a fair immigrant-native wage gap?

  • Is current discrimination mediated/moderated by discrimination histories?

  • Experimental methods in discrimination research.

  • Can wage gaps be explained by attitudes?

Teaching activities

  • 2022 - present: Development Economics (course titular), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • 2019: The Migration-Mobility Nexus and the Labor Market

  • 2019: Introduction reading group migration and mobility studies

  • 2015 - 2018: Teaching assistant, Ghent University

    • Teaching assistance for the following courses: Introduction to Economics, Microeconomics, Labour Economics, Research Methods, Seminar in Labour Economics

    • Guidance of Master Dissertations (9 dissertations).

      • Vlaamse Scriptie Prijs

Curriculum Vitae