Fellow Anne Gielen Appointed Professor of Labor Economics and Policy
Her research interests include labor economics, health economics and applied microeconometrics. She is currently working on a project investigating welfare dependency across multiple generations. Many households are reliant on welfare benefits to cover daily living expenses. Given that welfare dependence seems highly persistent across generations, this trend may not only pose a challenge for current generations but may also affect future generations’ welfare dependence, with dramatic consequences for social inequalities. However, little is known about the extent to which growing up in a family that is reliant on welfare causes someone to be welfare dependent himself later in life. The findings of this research can help improve the design of welfare policy by indicating whether, when, and how public policies should target children in welfare receiving families.
Over the last few years, she published research in international journals such as Journal of Human Resources (“Prenatal testosterone and the earnings of men and women” , 2016), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (“Social support substitution and the earnings rebound: Evidence from a regression discontinuity in disability insurance reform”, 2014). In 2018, she was awarded the Vidi grant by The Dutch Research Council (NWO). For her teaching achievements, she received the Top Lecturer prize from Erasmus School of Economics in 2016.
Find more about Gielen’s academic work on her personal website.