Arjan Heyma - Labour & Education

Arjan Heyma

Arjan Heyma is Head of SEO Amsterdam Economics' Labour & Education practice (since 2006). He is specialised in the combination of microeconometric analyses with policy research.

Arjan has a doctorate in Labour Economics and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of labour, education and regional economic developments. His research and advisory tasks are primarily aimed at the functioning of the labour market and education market and the relationship between these two. Besides offering policy advice and leading (complex and multidisciplinary) research projects in these areas, he is also involved with (econometric) analyses of labour market developments and the effects of labour market policies (e.g. employee insurance, reintegration services, wages, flexible labour, labour migration, schooling and training), economic implications of ageing, mismatches in the labour market, and innovations in and the added value of education.

In addition to numerous econometric methods, Arjan also makes use of qualitative research techniques including focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, and observations to be able to support effect evaluations with realistic evaluations in order to better explain why effects appear. This way, tools for policies can be more easily identified. For the valuation of effects and policy alternatives, Arjan makes use of Social Cost-Benefit Analyses (SCBA), among other methods, an instrument for which, in the past years, he has been involved with the development of several guidelines.

Arjan studied Econometrics and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. In 2001, he was awarded a PhD for his thesis ‘Dynamic Models of Labour Force Retirement’, which was based on research carried out at the Centre for Economic Research on Retirement and Ageing (CERRA, Leiden University) and a short stay at Yale University. Arjan was researcher and project manager at TNO Inro from 1998 to 2001, where he carried out research into issues including regional labour market developments, transport conduct, transport mode choices and road pricing. His scientific articles have been published in international journals such as the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of Population Economics, and the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.


If you would like to know what Arjan could do for your organisation, please feel free to contact him directly at:
+31 (0)20 525 1656

SEO reports

21.05.2019Dutch labour market shortages and potential labour supply from Africa and the Middle East: is there a match?

The Netherlands and many other EU countries increasingly face labour market shortages, while around one third of young people in countries near Europe are unemployed. Is there a potential match between demand and supply?more

02.02.2017Continuing to work longer with an occupational disability

Given the expected developments in health status, the employment rate of people aged 55 and over can and will increase further until the year 2030.more

09.01.2017Process evaluation of the Teachers Development Fund in the Netherlands

The Teachers Development Fund (in Dutch; LOF) offers teachers in primary and secondary education the opportunity to improve education by implementing their own innovative ideas. What are their experiences with LOF?more

23.12.2016The theory and practice of second track reintegration

More than one third of employees following a second track programme are re-employed.more

05.12.2016Quick scan 4 - Evaluation of sector plans

SEO and ecbo perform the monitoring and evaluation of the Regeling Cofinanciering Sectorplannen (scheme for co-financing of sector plans). This fourth quick scan assesses the progress of the planned measures.more

30.11.2016Effects of a Master's programme on teachers and their environment

Following a Master's programme significantly increases the professional knowledge of teachers.more

26.10.2016Attracting and retaining highly skilled migrants in the Netherlands

Empirical analysis shows that highly skilled migrants stay in the Netherlands longer if their partner is employed.more

12.07.2016Handbook for cost-benefit analysis of health care, education and labour market policies

Publication number: 2016-11A, 2016-11B Authors: C. Koopmans, A. Heyma, B. Hof, M. Imandt, L. Kok, M. Pomp Commissioned by: Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Ministry of Social...more

11.07.2016Note Burden on benefits by the flexible workforce 2006-2014

An analysis of the inflow of permanent and flexible workers into social security between 2006 and 2014.more

02.06.2016Searching for LD positions in vmbo

Promotions of teachers to LD positions are very rare in preparatory secondary vocational education (vmbo). This report examines the causes.more

Here you can find a complete overview of the publications of Arjan Heyma.

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