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Pierre Koning

Associate Professor

Prof.dr. P.W.C. Koning
+31 71 527 7879

Pierre Koning (1971) holds a chair in Labour Economics that is sponsored by Instituut Gak and is associate professor of economics at Leiden University.

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Short bio

Pierre Koning (1971) holds a chair in Labour Economics that is sponsored by Instituut Gak and is 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. Currently, Pierre supervises a large research program ‘Able or disabled?’ that assesses the effects of Disability Insurance reforms in the Netherlands. 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-)
  • Research fellow Leiden Law School (2016-)
  • Visiting scholar at Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009)

Other functions

  • Chair of the Data and Ethics committee of Leiden Law School (2018-)
  • Academic Partner CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (2017-)
  • Member Policy Evaluation Committee of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (2017-)
  • Associate Editor De Economist (2014-)
  • Member of board TPEdigitaal (2011-)



Associate Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut Fiscale en Economische vakken
  • Economie

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number A 2.56


  • NWO Lid beoordelingscommissie Veni-beurzen
  • Ministerie van SZW Extern expert Beleidsdoorlichting SUWI

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