Koen van der Ven

Koen van der Ven is a researcher of issues of labour market and education. His expertise mostly lies with empirical impact evaluations, for which he uses micro econometric techniques and administrative databases.

In the cluster of Labour and Education, Koen supports the research team with his knowledge of econometric research methods such as fixed-effects models, regression discontinuity design, instrumental variables, and diff-in-diff models. He is experienced in using large administrative datasets of the CBS. He has also conducted various literature studies.

After graduating with distinction (cum laude) for his bachelor’s Economics and Business Administration at the University of Amsterdam, Koen completed the master’s programme Policy Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In October 2017, he defended his master thesis entitled ‘The long-term effects of early tracking,’ on the long-term effects of the transition from primary to secondary school. He wrote this thesis at the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

He remained working there after completing his thesis, engaging in issues of education, labour, and pensions, such as the value of basic qualification (“startkwalificatie”) in the labour market, and the implications that raising the age for the Old Age Pensions Act has for disability. At SEO, he is involved with the monitor of the market for private educators and with a report on the characteristics of the self-employed.

If you would like to know what Koen could do for your organisation, please feel free to contact him directly at:

+31 (0)20 525 1641