Andries De Grip

  • Current position:
    Professor of Economics and Director of the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Member of the Labour Market and Education Committee of Dutch Social Economic Council (SER); Member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Dutch
  • Research interest:
    Human capital development and depreciation, relations between ageing and retirement, worker-job mismatch, atypical employment, and firms' human resource management
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  • Affiliations:
    Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and IZA, Germany
  • Past positions:
    Head of Research Training and Work, ROA, Maastricht University
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, Free University, Amsterdam, 1987
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    The relevance of informal learning at work is highly underestimated by both HR and public policy and needs more attention in economic research. I hope that HR professionals, policymakers, and academics will find World of Labor a useful tool to quickly learn the latest state of research in this field.
  • Selected publications:
    • “The impact of negatively reciprocal inclinations on worker behaviour. Evidence from a retrenchment of pension Rights.” Management Science (forthcoming) (with R. Montizaan, F. Cörvers, and T. Dohmen).
    • “Is part-time employment beneficial for firm productivity?” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 66:5 (2013): 1172–1191 (with A. Künn-Nelen and D. Fouarge).
    • “The effects of training on own and co-worker productivity: Evidence from a field experiment.” The Economic Journal 122:560 (2012): 376–399 (with J. Sauermann).
    • “Shattered dreams: The effects of changing the pension system late in the game.” The Economic Journal 122:559 (2012): 1–25 (with M. Lindeboom and R. Montizaan).
    • “The economics of skills obsolescence: A review.” In: A. de Grip, J. van Loo, and K. Mayhew (eds). The Economics of Skills Obsolescence, Research in Labor Economics: 21. Amsterdam/Boston: JAI Press, 2002; pp. 1–26.
  • Articles

The importance of informal learning at work

On-the-job learning is more important for workers’ human capital development than formal training

June 2015

10.15185/izawol.162 162

by Andries De Grip De Grip, A

Although early human capital theory recognized the relevance of workers’ experience, its focus was on education and formal training. Recent studies find that much of the performance of newly hired workers is driven by learning by doing or learning from peers or supervisors in the workplace. Descriptive data show that workers learn a lot from the various tasks they perform on the job. Informal learning at work seems to be relevant for all age groups, although it drives more of the performance of younger workers. Informal learning is far more important for workers’ human capital development than formal training courses.