Pierre Koning

Leiden University and VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor provides a unique platform to put research findings in a broader perspective. It helps policymakers in interpreting and understanding these findings, which is extremely valuable in a world where academic researchers tend to focus on publishing highly specialized and technical papers

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor on Welfare State and the Labor Market, VU University Amsterdam, Department of Economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Associate Professor Economics at Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

Research interest

Labor economics, health and work, applied microeconometrics, disability insurance, welfare-to-work programs, public sector performance and incentives

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Chief Science Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (July 2011–November 2015)

Past positions

CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, employed in various positions (October 1998–June 2011): Program Leader Public Organization (March 2006–September 2007 and April 2008–June 2011); Program Leader Labor Economics (August 2005–March 2006); Researcher Competition and Regulation unit (March 2002–July 2005); Researcher Labor unit (October 1998–February 2002)


PhD Economics, VU University Amsterdam, 1998

Selected publications

  • “The rise and fall of disability enrolment in the Netherlands.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 29:2 (2015): 151–172 (with M. Lindeboom).

  • “The impact of scoring weights on price and quality outcomes: An application to the procurement of welfare-to-work contracts.” European Economic Review 71 (2014): 1–14 (with A. van de Meerendonk).

  • “Ranking the schools: How school-quality information affects school choice in the Netherlands.” Journal of the European Economic Association 11:2 (2013): 466–493 (with K. van der Wiel).

  • “Why are criminals less educated than non-criminals?” Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 29:1 (2013): 115–144 (with D. Webbink, S. Vujić, and N. Martin).

  • “The effects of home ownership on labour mobility in the Netherlands.” Journal of Urban Economics 55:3 (2004): 580–596 (M. van Leuvensteijn).