Jo Ritzen

Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and IZA, Germany

Having been a Cabinet minister I recognize the overwhelming importance of evidence in support of policies

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Current position

Professor of International Economics of Science, Technology and Higher Education at Maastricht University, UNU-Merit/Graduate School of Governance, the Netherlands

Research interest

Education, economic growth, and income distribution

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Former Minister of Education, Culture, and Science of The Netherlands

Past positions

President of Maastricht University until 2011


PhD Economics, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, 1977

Selected publications

  • “How to counteract the polarisation of the labour market.” In: Priorities for a New Political Economy: Memos to the Left. London: Policy Network, 2011; pp. 121–122 (with L. Soete).

  • Euroskepticism in the Crisis: More Mood than Economy. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8001, February 2014 (with K. F. Zimmermann and C. Wehner).

  • Fading Hope in the US. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6340, February 2012 (with K. F. Zimmermann).

  • “A vibrant European labor market with full employment.” IZA Journal of European Labor Studies 3:10 (2014) (with K. F. Zimmermann).