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).