Bas ter Weel

Bas ter Weel is managing director of SEO Economic Research and a professor of economics at the University of Amsterdam. He has years of experience as a scientist, policy researcher, supervisor, and advisor. His expertise lies in the field of labour market dynamics, social security, pensions, health care and education but he has also contributed to the field of innovation and technology, international relations, and financial markets. 

Ter Weel leads challenging and complex research projects on behalf of the Dutch government, international organisations, supervisory bodies, and the business sector. His field of work includes both research of new developments, such as the influence of robotisation on the future of work, or the possibilities for flexibilisation of pensions, and policy evaluations, such as entrepreneurship regulations. In addition, he has much experience with providing education and courses for policy makers and students, and he is a popular speaker at conferences and seminars in the Netherlands and abroad.

Ter Weel regularly publishes in scientific journals with renowned scientists. His best known work was conducted in collaboration with Nobel Prize winner James Heckman, on the early development of children and the importance of non-cognitive skills for social-economic success. In addition to this, he has published work in the field of (social) innovation and the effects of IT on the labour market, among others. A complete list of his publications can be found here.

Ter Weel studied Economics at the University of Maastricht (1993-1998) and obtained his PhD at the same university in 2002, with his dissertation The Computerization of the Labour Market. Following this, he spent a number of years working as a university professor, after which he transferred to the Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). With the AFM, Ter Weel gained supervisory experience and has worked on research in the field of market abuse and excessive lending. From the end of 2007, Bas ter Weel has worked with the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis as Head of International Economy (2007-2010), Head of Labour and Education (2010-2013), and as Deputy Director from 2013 onwards. In the period between 2007 and his appointment with SEO, he was affiliated part-time with the University of Maastricht; at first as a senior researcher, and from 2011 as professor of economics.

In addition to his work with SEO, Ter Weel holds a number of other positions. To name a few, he is a Crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER), supervisor for the primary school organisation PCBO in Apeldoorn, board member of the Royal Netherlands Economics Association, and co-editor of De Economist. Additionally, he is a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute, the IZA (Bonn), the ROA and NSI (Maastricht), and SKOPE (Oxford).


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