Koen van der Ven

Koen van der Ven is an all-round researcher on educational issues. His expertise lies mainly in empirical evaluations, using micro-econometric techniques and administrative datasets.

Within the Education cluster, Koen strengthens the research team with his knowledge of econometric and statistical research methods such as fixed effects models, regression discontinuity design, instrumental variables and diff-in-diff models. He is experienced with the use of large administrative datasets from Statistics Netherlands. In addition, he frequently develops, programs and analyzes surveys and enjoys talking to stakeholders to give more depth to his research.

Subjects he is mainly concerned with are equal opportunities in education, educational careers and the transition from education to the labor market. He is very well acquainted in all sectors of education, from primary school to higher education. Recent topics include the (difficult) transition to the labor market of students with a migrant background, the teacher shortages, newcomers in education and the effects of corona on young people. He also conducts research in other areas, such as the Top Income Tax Act and cultural topics.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Amsterdam cum laude, Koen completed the Master’s degree in Policy Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In October 2017, he defended his master thesis titled “The long-term effects of early tracking” which is about the long-term effects of the transition from primary to secondary school. He wrote this thesis at the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), where he also worked before joining SEO.

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