Equal opportunities

Our efforts for equal opportunity
Stork with babies and the Euromast drawn.

Getting the education you dream of. Living where you want to live. And access to care when you need it. In an ideal world, this is possible for everyone. We just see that the opportunities are not equally distributed. How can we improve this?

Equal opportunities in our education

As an EUR-student there are multiple ways you can work on creating equal opportunities for all.

Three students laugh on campus during the summer by the pond.

Equal opportunities at the office

We strive to be an employer where every employee feels welcome, safe and heard.

Two smiling employees at their work place
The Laurenskerk in the city centre of Rotterdam.

Opportunity inequality in society

Underpayment and poor working conditions. Children of parents on welfare often also end up in a similar situation. Even in the Netherlands, opportunities are not equally distributed. Moreover, your chances in life are already determined at birth by the neighborhood in which you are born. Several EUR scientists are doing research on these issues. They are working to improve them.

More inequality due to additional birth leave

New fathers can take an additional 5 weeks of birth leave. They get 70% of their salary for those weeks. That sounds nice, but it doesn't work for everyone.

How to do better?
Man walks across Erasmus Bridge with pram.
Professor Renske Keizer on campus in the sun.

Longer paternity leave after EUR study

Family sociologist Renske Keizer went to visit Lodewijk Asscher, then Minister of Social Affairs, in 2016. There, she provided input for a bill: parental leave for partners to 5 weeks. That's a big step forward. "When I started my research into fatherhood, fathers were entitled to only two days of paid leave. That created barriers to involvement in childrearing right from the start of the child’s life", tells Keizer.

This is how the conversation went

Does your post code determine your chances in life?

Scroll through the story and get the answer

Already in the cradle at a disadvantage

Your chance of buying a house, your chance of having a good income and your chance of getting a particular job is already largely fixed at birth.

Student takes photo of cube houses in Rotterdam.

As it turns out, the place where you were born plays a big role in this.

Foto van de markthal

Difference of thousands of euros

Two young families have the same income. One family lives in Blijdorp. Another family in Oud-Crooswijk. The children of the family from Blijdorp turn out years later as thirty-somethings to earn on average thousands of euros more per year.

Twee studenten die samen fietsen

Inequality quickly apparent after birth

Data show that babies born to lower-income families have a higher BMI than their wealthier peers as early as four months.

All this information can be found in the 'KansenKaart'

It is an interactive website that provides insight into the opportunities of Dutch people in terms of income, education and health.

Economist Ravesteijn explains how the tool works
Rotterdam op kansenkaart.nl

Job application process needs a shake-up at many employers

Research by our work psychologist Janice Odijk shows that the application process of many employers has to change drastically in order to create equal opportunities.

What needs to change
Janice Odijk at Studio Erasmus
Bicycle delivery drivers leave from Blaak to work.
Jelte Lagendijk

Platform work: stressful and unhealthy

Ordering food through Thuisbezorgd, a cab ride through Uber or domestic help through Helping. All are examples of platform work. Research shows that work experiences of platform workers are more often negative than those with other employment contracts. Work-life balance is less, job insecurity is greater and they are more likely to feel exhausted. How can this be improved?

This is what EUR does

This is how the odds are distributed on the map

In which Dutch neighborhoods do children have the best chance of leaving poverty behind? You can find out on the KansenKaart developed by EUR researchers.

Econoom Bastian Ravesteijn vertelt bij Studio Erasmus over de Kansenkaart.
Anne Gielen

"But the priority is clear: we must address the inequality of opportunity in our society"

Many of the young people who depend on benefits have parents and sometimes even grandparents who were also dependent on benefits. Research shows that.

Anne Gielen

Professor of Labor Economics and Policy

Insights from her study
Cyclists and walkers across the Erasmus Bridge.
Jelte Lagendijk

Characterized as a 'chav'

There is an "empathy wall" between practical and theoretical educators. This emerges from research by professor and ex-mavo scholar Jeroen van der Waal. "People with a practical education notice that theoretically educated people characterize them as if they are 'chavs,'" he says.

Learning from research

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