Bruno Van der Linden

IRES, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

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, labor market, welfare, spatial heterogeneities in unemployment rates, wage formation, and implications of search and matching frictions


PhD in Applied Sciences, Université catholique de Louvain, 1987

Selected publications

  • “Imperfect monitoring of job search: Structural estimation and policy design.” Journal of Labor Economics 36:1 (2018): 75–120 (with B. Cockx, M. Dejemeppe, and A. Launov).

  • “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).

  • “Optimal redistributive taxation with both extensive and intensive responses.” Journal of Economic Theory 148:5 (2013): 1770–1805 (with E. Lehmann and L. Jacquet).