Paul Bisschop

Paul Bisschop is a senior researcher within the group of Education and has worked at SEO since 2012. Paul has extensive knowledge on the developments in Dutch education. His expertise includes private education services (‘shadow education’), equality of opportunities in education, and the transition of higher education graduates into the labour market. Paul is the leading researcher of the annual study ‘Studie & Werk‘, a major study about the labour market position of newly-graduated students from higher education institutions in the Netherlands based on micro data.

Paul is a senior researcher within the group of Education. In the framework of education research, Paul often works with the large data sets of DUO and CBS. In the period of 2015 to 2018, Paul has made several contributions to the creation of the annual report ‘The State of Education’ by the Inspectorate of Education. For this, he has conducted econometric analyses relating to the school recommendation at the end of primary education, and the degree to which higher education is attuned to the labour market. In other projects, Paul frequently works with survey studies.

Besides education research, Paul is regularly involved with labour market research, for instance on migrant workers and shortages on the labour market. In the framework of these studies, he likes to utilise his qualitative research skills. During the past years, Paul has interviewed many HR managers, teachers and directors on a variety of topics. He always takes into account the (political) context with which the interviewees are concerned.

At the end of 2011, Paul finished his master’s in Economics (specialization Economics & Social Politics) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with his thesis Street Prostitution Zones and Crime. In 2017, a further developed version of this thesis was published in the renowned American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.


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