KU Leuven, Belgium
IZA World of Labor role
Head of the Education and Labour Market Research Group at HIVA (Research Institute for Work and Society) and Professor in Sociology of Work and Education at the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Leuven)
The dynamics and transformations of labor markets, skills and degrees; activation policies, lifelong learning and employability; and the (re)positioning of public and private employment services
PhD in Social Sciences, KU Leuven
"Using artificial intelligence to classify jobseekers: The accuracy-equity trade-off." Journal Of Social Policy (2020) (with S. Desiere).
"Profiling tools for early identification of jobseekers who need extra support." OECD Policy Brief on Activation Policies (2018): 1–4 (with S. Desiere and K. Langenbucher).
"Interaction styles of street-level workers and motivation of clients: A new instrument to assess discretion-as-used in the case of activation of jobseekers." Public Management Review 20:11 (2018): 1702–1721 (with L. Van Parys).
"Smart policies or sheer luck? Labour market resilience in the low countries." Social Policy & Administration 48:4 (2014): 492–513 (with M. Fenger, F. Koster, and R. Van der Veen).
"Varieties of market competition in public employment services: A comparison of the emergence and evolution of the new system in Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium." Social Policy & Administration 48:2 (2014): 149–168.
The increasing availability of big data allows for the profiling of unemployed jobseekers via statistical modelsStatistical models can help public employment services to identify factors associated with long-term unemployment and to identify at-risk groups. Such profiling models will likely become more prominent as increasing availability of big data combined with new machine learning techniques improve their predictive power. However, to achieve the best results, a continuous dialogue between data analysts, policymakers, and case workers is key. Indeed, when developing and implementing such tools, normative decisions are required. Profiling practices can misclassify many individuals, and they can reinforce but also prevent existing patterns of discrimination.MoreLess