Seminar Information:


'Has the Dutch Miracle Come to an End?'

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Jan van Ours, Tilburg University


Date: 26 March 2003

Location: Max-Liebermann-Haus, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin


In the past decades unemployment in the Netherlands has gone down substantially. The main suspects for this decline are the stimulation of part-time labor, the reform of the benefit system and wage moderation. In recent year the unemployment rate in the Netherlands has increased somewhat. Since the huge decline in unemployment was due to structural improvements in the functioning of the labor market there is not a lot of reason to worry about the recent increase. The current structure of the labor market is a lot `healthier' than it was in the early 1980s. Therefore, the upward movement of the unemployment rate is bound to be a mild one.


Jan van Ours is professor in Labour Economics at the Department of Economics, Tilburg University. He is also scientific director at the Institute for Labour Studies (Tilburg), CEPR fellow, fellow of the William Davidson Institute (Ann Arbor) and IZA fellow. In 1996 he was awarded with the Hicks-Tinbergen medal of the European Economic Association. His current research fields are unemployment dynamics, effects of policy interventions in the labour market, labour market and the firm, labour markets in transition, matching job seekers and vacancies, immigration and the labour market, and others.