Jim Been

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Assistant Professor of Economics

E-mail: j.been@law.leidenuniv.nl  
Address: Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES  Leiden, room B203
Phone: ++31 71 527 8569

Short bio

Jim Been (10/24/1987, Amsterdam) is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the Department of Economics of the Leiden Law School (Leiden University) and a researcher in the Netspar project “Pension savings and consumption needs of current and future retirees.”

He has been affiliated as a Netspar Junior Research Fellow, Fellow of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society and Ambassador of the Leiden Convention Bureau of the City of Leiden since 2014. In 2014, Jim was a visiting researcher at the RAND Center for the Study of Aging at RAND Corp., Santa Monica, CA, U.S.

Jim defended his Ph.D. thesis in Economics titled “Pensions, Retirement, and the Financial Position of the Elderly” at the Department of Economics, Leiden University in April 2015. His research has been published in academic journals, such as Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, as well as in policy contributions of the Dutch Socio-Economic Council (SER), CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economics Policy Analysis and OECD.


Education

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Leiden University, April 30th 2015.

  • RAND Summer Institute, RAND Corp., Santa Monica, CA, U.S., 2014.

  • IZA European Summer School in Labor Economics, 2013.

  • M.Phil. Economics courses (29 ECTS), Tinbergen Institute, 2011.

  • M.Sc. Economics, cum laude, VU University Amsterdam, 2010.

  • Honors Program, cum laude, VU University Amsterdam, 2009.

  • B.Sc. Economics, cum laude, VU University Amsterdam, 2009.


Employment

  • Assistant Professor in Economics (tenured), Department of Economic, Leiden University, 2015-current.

  • Visiting researcher, RAND Center for the Study of Aging, RAND Corp., Santa Monica, CA, 2014.

  • Ph.D. candidate, Department of Economics, Leiden University, 2010-2015.

  • Graduate researcher, Department of Social Security, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, 2010.

  • Research-assistant, Department of Spatial Economics, VU University Amsterdam, 2010.

  • Research-assistant, Directorate-General Economic Policy, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, 2009.


Other Positions

  • Ambassador of the Leiden Convention Bureau of the City of Leiden, 2014-present.

  • Fellow of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society, 2014-present.

  • Netspar Junior Research Fellow, 2014-present.

  • External Researcher, OECD Project on Retirement Savings Adequacy, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2011-2014.

  • Model building current and future pension income (IBO 65+), CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economics Policy Analysis, 2013.

  • Organizational and evaluation committee Instituut Gak Researchers Day, 2011 & 2012.

  • Co-organizer Ph.D. seminars at the Leiden Law School, 2011-2014.


Grants and Awards

  • Top 100 Best Young Professionals, Memory Magazine, 2015..
  • Netspar Topicality Grant for the project Dynamics and earnings profiles on the labor market and adequacy of pension accumulation (PI: Marcel Lever), 2015.
  • Leiden University Fund (LUF) Study trip grant (1,800 euros) to the RAND Center for the Study of Aging at RAND Corp., Santa Monica, CA, U.S., 2014.
  • Elected participant at the 5th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting on Economic Sciences, 2014.
  • Elected participant at the RAND Summer Institute, 2014.
  • Contribution to the yearly publication of the Dutch Royal Society for Political Economy (KVS), 2014.
  • Netspar Topicality Grant for the project Expected retirement savings in an international perspective (together with Marike Knoef), 2014.
  • Netspar Medium Vision Grant for the project Pension savings and consumption needs of current and future retirees (PI’s: Rob Alessie and Marike Knoef), 2013.
  • Elected participant at the 16th IZA European Summer School on Labor Economics, 2013.
  • Elected participant at the IZA Workshop on Labor Markets and Labor Market Policies for Older Workers, 2013.
  • Netspar Topicality Grant for the OECD Project on Retirement Savings Adequacy (PI’s: Rob Alessie and Marike Knoef), 2012.

Curriculum vitae

Publications

2016

J. Been en M.G. Knoef (2016), 'Job-Search Requirements for Unemployed at the End of Working Life: Effects on Unemployment Dynamics and Self-Employment Probabilities', Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming.


J. Been and M.G. Knoef (2016), The necessity of self-e mployment towards retirement: evidence from labor market dynamics and search requirements for unemployment benefits , Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming.

2015
Pensions, Retirement, and the Financial. Position of the Elderly, Leiden University, thesis, public defense 30th April 2015.

2014
M. Knoef, J. Been, R. Alessie, K. Caminada, K. Goudswaard and A. Kalwij (2014), ‘Measuring retirement savings adequacy: developing a multi-pillar approach in the Netherlands’, Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 15 (1), 55-89, 2016.

J. Been and O. van Vliet (2014), ‘Early retirement across Europe: Does non-standard employment increase participation of older workers?’, Netspar Discussion Paper 10/2014-044.

2013
M.G. Knoef, J. Been, R.J.M. Alessie, C.L.J. Caminada, K.P. Goudswaard and A.S. Kalwij (2013), 'Measuring retirement savings adequacy: a multi-pillar approach in the Netherlands', Netspar Design Paper 25.

K. Goudswaard, O. van Vliet, J. Been and K. Caminada (2012/2013), ‘Pensions and income inequality in old age’, CESifo DICE Report 4/2012, pp. 21-26.

2012 
O. van Vliet, J. Been, K. Caminada and K. Goudswaard (2012), 'Pension reform and income inequality among the elderly in 15 European countries', International Journal of Social Welfare vol. 21, no. 4(s1), pp. S8-S21.

2011
O. van Vliet, J. Been, K. Caminada and K. Goudswaard (2011), 'Pension reform and income inequality among the elderly in 15 European countries', Department of Economics Research Memorandum 2011.03, Leiden: Leiden University, 29 p.  


Last Modified: 07-01-2016