Pierre Koning


Professor of Labor Market and Welfare state 

Address: Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, room A 2.59
Phone: ++31 71 527 7772

Short Bio:
Pierre Koning (1971) is professor of Labour Economics at the VU University Amsterdam and associate professor of economics at Leiden University. Until December 2015, Pierre was employed as a Chief Science Officer at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands. Pierre obtained his PhD at the VU University of Amsterdam – with his thesis focusing on job search models for the labor market. Pierre's special interest lies in the field of welfare-to-work services and disability insurance – here most of his international publications are also focused on. Amongst others, he has published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of Urban Economics, the International Review of Law and Economics, Labour Economics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests :

  • Labor economics

  • Health and work 

  • Applied microeconometrics 

  • Public sector performance and incentives


  • Ph.D. in Economics: VU University Amsterdam, July 1998. Thesis: Structural Empirical Analysis of Labor Market Frictions, Job Search and Wage Formation. Promotors: prof. dr. G. Ridder and prof. dr. G.J. van den Berg 

  • M.Sc.: VU University Amsterdam, October 1993. Supervisor: prof .dr. F.A.G. den Butter

Current positions:

  • Associate Professor, Leiden University (2015-) 

  • Professor Labor market and welfare state, VU Amsterdam (2011-)


  • IZA: Institute of the Study of Labor, Bonn (2010-) 

  • Tinbergen Institute (2013-) 

  • Talma Institute for Work, Care and Welfare (2013-) 

  • Visiting scholar at Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009)

Other functions:

  • Member advisory board on Work, Participation and Income of DWI Amsterdam (2014-)

  • Associate Editor De Economist (2014-) 

  • Member of board of TPEdigitaal (2011-)


  • Policy economics 

  • Economics of the Welfare state


List of publications Pierre Koning 

Last Modified: 01-08-2016