The chair in Applied Microeconomics focuses its research on the field of the labour market, life courses and transitions.
The subjects include:
- issues concerning participation, remuneration and well-being;
- labour market inequality between women and men;
- investments in, return on and depreciation of human capital;
- combination of labour and care during the life course;
- ageing and dejuvenation;
- the labour market and income position of older workers;
- ‘active ageing’: employers’ behaviour;
- personnel policy.
The research is characterized by:
- a multidisciplinary approach;
- its theory-driven empirical character;
- a combination of quantitative and qualitative research;
- the attention given to institutions (such as taxes and social security, leave arrangements);
- the attention given to policy issues;
- international orientation;
- partial external funding.
The research is part of the focus area ‘Coordinating Societal Change’ of Utrecht University.
Other important research partners, not working in this focus area, include:
- Institute for Labour Studies (OSA, Organisatie voor Strategisch Arbeidsmarktonderzoek);
- Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI);
- Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS);
- LEEFtijd – Expertise centre for age and life course;
- VanDoorneHuiskes and partners.
Prominent projects include:
- Life Courses, Transitions and Combining Labour and Care, a long-term project, completed in 2007, financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO);
- Fair Play for Older Workers, a long-term collaboration project with partners from the United Kingdom, Spain, Greece and Hungary, completed in 2008, funded by the European Union;
- Activating Senior Potential in Ageing Europe (ASPA), 2008-2011, a multidisciplinary and multinational project funded by the European Union within the scope of its Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7).