Jan van Ours appointed professor Applied Economics
As of 1 October 2016 Jan van Ours has been appointed Professor of Applied Economics, with focus on Labor, Health, and Well-Being, at Erasmus School of Economics.
Jan van Ours is consistently in the top of the rankings of best economists in the Netherlands, regardless of how the ranking is compiled. Previously he was a professor at Tilburg University. His book on the economics of imperfect labor markets, written with Tito Boeri, is used in many universities as the standard textbook for labor economics. His work lies at the intersection of labor economics and health economics and is of great value to the health economics research group. There are major research challenges in the field of pensions, happiness, health and investments in human capital for which the in-house expertise of Van Ours is crucial. His appointment also strengthens links with research in the field of happiness (Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation). His broad interest for applied economics research is also shown in publications on professional football, educational performance of young children, car theft, burglaries and drugs policy.
The passionate and experienced researcher Van Ours will also focus on the support and coaching of young researchers in their work in order to give further impetus to the excellence of the research group Health Economics of Erasmus School of Economics.