Anne Gielen appointed as Professor of Labour Economics and Policy

As of 1 October 2019, Dr Anne Gielen has been appointed as Professor of Labour Economics and Policy at Erasmus School of Economics. Over the last few years, Anne Gielen has performed remarkably well in various respects. She has published in high-ranked international journals.

Over the last few years, Anne Gielen has performed remarkably well in various respects. She has published in high-ranked international journals. In 2017, she was awarded a Vidi grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Furthermore she is a gifted teacher, being able to teach both courses related to her research expertise as well as courses outside her direct expertise, like the course History of Economic Thought.

Top Lecturer Award

In 2016, Erasmus School of Economics expressed its appreciation towards Anne by rewarding her as Top Lecturer for her teaching achievements. Two years later, she was nominated for the university’s Education award.  In addition, as a PhD supervisor, Anne deeply cares about her PhD students. Her last candidate, Esmée Zwiers, recently joined the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Research areas

The research of Anne Gielen focuses on welfare dependency across multiple generations. Many households are reliant on welfare benefits to cover daily living expenses. Given that welfare dependence seems highly persistent across generations, this trend may not only pose a challenge for current generations but may also affect future generations’ welfare dependence, with dramatic consequences for social inequalities. However, little is known about the extent to which growing up in a family that is reliant on welfare causes someone to be welfare dependent himself later in life.

The findings of this research can help improve the design of welfare policy by indicating whether, when, and how public policies should target children in welfare receiving families.

Otto Swank, Director of the Department of Economics is pleased with Anne’s appointment: ‘Her research is characterised by a unique combination of addressing the big questions of life, being highly politically relevant, and being empirically rigorous.'

Video interview 'Meet Your Professor'

Watch this video interview (in the series of ‘Meet Your Professor’) with Anne Gielen to learn more about her motives and ambitions.

More information

For more information, please contact Ronald de Groot, Media and Public Relations Officer at Erasmus School of Economics, rdegroot@ese.eur.nl, or +31 6 53 641 846.