Bruno Van der Linden

LIDAM/IRES, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and IZA, Germany

Decision makers and citizens need balanced, well-documented, non-technical syntheses about phenomena occurring on the labor market and about the effect of policy interventions. As far as I understand, providing this kind of information is the project of IZA World of Labor. Taking part in this project is challenging and attractive.

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor in the Economics Department of the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Research interest

Income taxation, labour market, welfare, spatial heterogeneities in unemployment rates, wage formation, and implications of search and matching frictions, environmental challenges and the labor market


PhD in Applied Sciences, Université catholique de Louvain, 1987

Selected publications

  • “Switching from an inclining to a zero-level unemployment benefit profile: Good For work incentives?” Labour Economics 64 (2020): 101816 (with B. Cockx, K. Declercq, M. Dejemeppe, and L. Inga).

  • “Why cash transfer programs can both stimulate and slow down job finding.” IZA Journal of Labor Economics 8 (2019): 1–27 (with J. Mesén Vargas).

  • “Workforce location and equilibrium unemployment in a duocentric economy with matching frictions.” Journal of Urban Economics 91 (2016): 26–44 (with E. Lehmann and P. L. Montero Ledezma).

  • “Regional equilibrium unemployment theory at the age of the internet.” Regional Science and Urban Economics 53 (2015): 50–67 (with V. Lutgen).

  • “Is it socially efficient to impose job search requirements on unemployed benefit claimants with hyperbolic preferences?” Journal of Public Economics 113 (2014): 80–95 (with B. Cockx and C. Ghirelli).