Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Peer-reviewed Publications

Output PROO

  • Bol, Thijs. 2014. “Economic Returns to Occupational Closure in the German Skilled Trades.”  Social Science Research 46:9–22.
  • Bol, Thijs, en Van de Werfhorst, Herman G. (2013). Educational Systems and the Trade-off Between Labor Market Allocation and Equality of Educational Opportunity. Comparative Education Review, 57(2): 285-308.
  • Bol, Thijs. 2014. “Economic Returns to Occupational Closure in the German Skilled Trades.” Social Science Research 46:9–22.
  • Bol, T., J. Witschge, H. van de Werfhorst & J. Dronkers. 2014. “Curricular Tracking and Central examinations: Counterbalancing the Impact of Social Background on Student Achievement in 36 Countries” Social Forces 92 (4): 1545-1572 [ Full text]
  • Breen, Richard, Van de Werfhorst, Herman G. Jaeger, Mads Meier. 2014. Deciding under Doubt: A Theory of Risk Aversion, Time Discounting Preferences and Educational Decision Making. European Sociological Review, 30(2): 258–270.
  • Braster, S. & J. Dronkers. 2013. “De positieve effecten van etnische verscheidenheid in de klas op de schoolprestaties van leerlingen in een multi-etnische metropool.” [The positive effects of ethnic diversity in class on the educational performance of pupils in a multi-ethnic European metropole] Sociologie 9: 3-29 [ PDF]
  • Di Stasio, Valentina, and Klarita Gërxhani. 2015. "Employers’ social contacts and their hiring behavior in a factorial survey."  Social science research 51: 93-107.
  • Dronkers, J. 2015. “In wiens voordeel werkt selectie aan het begin van het voortgezet onderwijs? Een nieuwe benadering van een oude vraag.” [Who benefits from selection early in secondary education? A new approach to an old question] Mens & Maatschappij 90: 5-24 [ Full text]
  • Dronkers, J. & S. Avram, 2015 “What can international comparisons teach us about school choice and non-governmental schools in Europe?” Comparative Education 51(1): 118-132 [ Full text].
  • Dronkers, J., M. Levels & M. de Heus. 2013. “Migrant pupils’ scientific performance: the influence of educational system features of origin and destination countries” Large-scale Assessments in Education 1:10 [ Full text]
  • Dronkers, J.,  R. van der Velden, A. Dunne (2012), Why are Migrant Students Better off in Certain Types of Educational Systems or Schools than in Others? European Educational Research Journal, 11, 1, 11-44.
  • ( Reprint 430
  • Humburg, M & A. de Grip, R. van der Velden (forthcoming), Which Skills Protect Graduates Against a Slack Labour Market? (accepted for publication in International Labour Review)
  • Humburg, M. & R. van der Velden (2015), Skills and the Graduate Recruitment Process: Evidence from two discrete choice experiments, Economics of Education Review, 49, 24-41. DOI:  10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.07.001
  • Humburg, M. & R. van der Velden (2015), Self-assessments or tests? Comparing cross-national differences in patterns and outcomes of graduates’ skills based on international large-scale surveys, Studies in Higher Education, 40, 3, pp. 482-504 ( ( full text) Reprint 498
  • Levels, Mark, Rolf van der Velden, and Valentina Di Stasio. 2014. "From school to fitting work How education-to-job matching of European school leavers is related to educational system characteristics."  Acta Sociologica 57(4): 341-361.
  • M. Levels, R. van der Velden, J. Allen (2014), Educational mismatches and skills: New empirical tests of old hypotheses, Oxford Economic Papers, 66 (2014), pp. 959-982. DOI:10.1093/oep/gpu024. Reprint 488
  • M. Levels, R. van der Velden, V. Di Stasio (2014), From school to fitting work: How education-to-job matching of European school leavers is related to educational system characteristics, Acta Sociologica, 57 (4), pp. 341-361, DOI: 10.1177/0001699314552807( Reprint 489
  • Netjes, Justine E., Van de Werfhorst, Herman G. Dijkstra, Anne Bert, & Geboers, Ellen A. M. (2011). Eenheid of verdeeldheid? Burgerschap in een gedifferentieerd voortgezet onderwijssysteem. Mens & Maatschappij, 86 (1): 34-65.
  • Lange, M. de, J. Dronkers & M.H.J. Wolbers. 2014. “Single-parent family forms and children’s educational performance in a comparative perspective: effects of school’s share of single-parent families” School Effectiveness and School Improvement 25 (3): 329-350. [ Full text]
  • Van de Werfhorst, Herman G. (2011). Selectie en differentiatie in het Nederlandse onderwijsbestel. Gelijkheid, burgerschap en onderwijsexpansie in vergelijkend perspectief. Pedagogische Studiën, 88: 283-297.
  • Van de Werfhorst, Herman G. (2014). Changing societies and four tasks of schooling: Challenges for strongly differentiated educational systems. International Review of Education, 60(1): 123–44.
  • Veerman, G.-J. & J. Dronkers, 2015. “Ethnic Composition and School Performance in the Secondary Education of Turkish Migrant Students in Seven Countries and 19 European Educational Systems” International Migration Review [ Full text]
  • Verhaest, D., S. Sellami, R. van der Velden (2015), Differences in horizontal and vertical mismatches across countries and fields of study, International Labour Review, (3). DOI: 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2015.00031.x
  • Verhaest, D. R. van der Velden (2013), Cross-Country Differences in Graduate Overeducation, European Sociological Review, 29, 642-653. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcs044( Reprint 459
  • Witschge, Jacqueline and Van de Werfhorst, Herman G. 2015. Standardization of lower secondary civic education and inequality of the civic and political engagement of students. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, DOI: 10.1080/09243453.2015.1068817.

Working papers

PhD Thesis

  • Korthals, R.A. (2015) Tracking Students in Secondary Education: Consequences for Student Performance and Inequality.  PhD thesis, Maastricht University.

Book chapters

  • Allen, J., R. van der Velden (2014), Contextual Indicators in Adult Literacy Studies: the Case of PIAAC, In: L. Rutkowski, M. Von Davier and D. Rukowski (eds.), Handbook of International Large-Scale Assessment: Background, Technical Issues, and Methods of Data Analysis, Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor, Francis Group, pp. 345 – 360. Reprint 476
  • Allen, J., R. van der Velden (2013), Skills for the 21st Century: Implications for Dutch Education, In: R. Smith (ed.), Higher Education: Recent Trends, Emerging Issues and Future Outlook, New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 1-40.
  • Avram, S. & J. Dronkers. 2013. “Religion and Schooling; the Europea Context” Pp 15-36 in Religious Education in a Multicultural Europe. Children, Parents and Schools, edited by E. Smyth, M. Lyons & M. Darmody. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bol, Thijs & Van de Werfhorst, Herman (2016). Measuring Educational Institutional Diversity: External Differentiation, Vocational Orientation and Standardization. In: Hadjar, Andreas & Christiane Gross (eds.): Education Systems and Inequalities. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Checchi,  Daniele, Van de Werfhorst, Herman G., Braga, Michela, Meschi, Elena (2014). The Policy Response to Educational Inequalities. Pp. 294-327 in Salverda, Wiemer, Nolan, Brian, Checchi, Daniele, Marx, Ive, McKnight, Abigail, Tóth, István György, Van de Werfhorst, Herman G. (eds.). Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Analytical and Comparative Perspectives. Oxford University Press.
  • Dronkers, J. & M. de Heus. 2013. “Immigrant Children’s Academic Performance: the Influence of origin, destination and community” Pp. 247-265 in PISA, Power, and Policy: the emergence of global educational governance, edited by H.-D. Meyer & A. Benevot. Oxford: Symposium Books. [ Full text]
  • Dronkers, J. and R.A. Korthals (Under Review) Tracking, Schools’ Entrance Requirements and the Educational Performance of Migrant students. Forthcoming in A. Hadjar and C. Gross (eds.)  Education Systems and Educational Inequalities.
  • Dronkers, J. and R.A. Korthals (Under Review) Tracking in the Netherlands. Forthcoming in H.-P. Blossfeld, M. Triventi, N. Kulic, and J. Skopek (eds.)  Differentiation in Secondary Education and its Short- and Longer-Term Effects on Inequality of Educational Opportunities. Based partly on Korthals (2015).
  • Dronkers, J. & R. van der Velden. 2013. “Positive but also negative effects of ethnic diversity in schools on educational achievement? An empirical test with cross-national PISA-data.” Pp. 71-98 in: Integration and Inequality in Educational Institutions, edited by M. Windzio. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer. [ Full text]
  • Elffers, Louise & Van de Werfhorst, H.G. (2013). Onderwijs: het Nederlandse stelsel en zijn centrale functies. Pp. 115-129 in Duyvendak, J.W., Bouw, C., Gërxhani K. & Velthuis, O. Sociale kaart van Nederland: over instituties en organisaties. Den Haag: Boom Lemma. 
  • Humburg, M., R. van der Velden (forthcoming), What is expected of higher education graduates in the 21st century? In: J. Buchanan, D. Finegold, K. Mayhew and C. Warhurst (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training, Oxford University Press.
  • Levels, M., R. van der Velden (forthcoming), Nothing but a number? Explaining variation of age-related differences in key information-processing skills, accepted for publication in proceedings of the ETS/OECD PIAAC Invitational Conference “The importance of skills and how to assess them”, 13-15 November, Washington. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor, Francis Group.
  • Van der Velden, R. (2013), Measuring Competences in Higher Education: What Next? In: S. Blömeke, O. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, C. Kuhn,, J. Fege (Eds.), Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 207-216. Reprint 453
  • Van de Werfhorst, Herman G., Van Elsas, Erika, and Heath, Anthony (2014). Origin and Destination Effects on the Educational Careers of Second-generation Minorities. Pp. 245-272 in Heath, Anthony & Brinbaum, Yaël (eds.). Unequal Attainments. Ethnic Educational Inequalities in Ten Western Countries. Proceedings of the British Academy 196, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Van de Werfhorst, H.G. (2015). Institutional Contexts for Socio-Economic Effects on Schooling Outcomes. Robert Scott and Steve Kosslyn (Eds.). Emerging Trends in the Social Sciences, New York: Wiley.

Media Appearances

  • Truijens, A. (2015) Ga maar naar de havo of het vmbo, dat is prettiger voor jou.  De Volkskrant, June 19th, 2015.
  • BNR Nieuwsradio (2015) Promotie onderzoek Roxanne Korthals.  BNR Nieuwsradio, June 18 th, 2015.
  • Kuiper, R.A. (2015) Bij advies havo-vwo pakt vwo-keus gunstiger uit.  De Volkskrant, June 18th, 2015.
  • Korthals, R.A. (2015) “Vroege” leerling dupe van Nederlands selectie systeem.  Didactief, May 2015.
  • De Hoog, M. (2015) Elk jaar gaan duizenden kinderen naar de verkeerde school vanwege hun geboortemaand.  De Correspondent, May 7th, 2015.
  • Marreveld, M. (2015) Bij twijfel: Opwaarts!  Didactief, April 2015.
  • Levels, M. and R.A. Korthals (2013) Meet vaker.  De Volkskrant, September 9th, 2013.


  • Korthals, R. Education Council of the Netherlands, April 28th, 2015.  School principals meeting, February 6th, 2015. Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Hague, the Netherlands, January 8th, 2015.  Master of Evidence Based Innovation in Teaching (MEBIT) Seminar, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, January 24th, 2013. CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis Internal Seminar, June 2012.
  • Korthals, R. Joint meeting of the Society for Labor Economics (SOLE) and European Association of Labour Economics (EALE)  International Workshop on Applied Economics of Education (IWAEE)  18th IZA European Summer School in Labor Economics  Development and Utilization of Human Resources (DUHR) Seminar, Maastricht University
  • Korthals, R. Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS) Conference on Education Systems: Inequalities, Labour Markets and Civic Engagement  American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference Workshop on Comparative systems of educational and political systems, Stanford University  PhD seminar series of the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA), Stanford University  European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) Annual Conference  IWAEE
  • Korthals, R. Dutch/Flemish Education Research Days (ORD)  IWAEE  Workshop Education systems and the four central functions of education, University of Amsterdam
  • Korthals, R. ECSR/EQUALSOC: Conference in Economic change, Quality of life and Social cohesion  ESPE Annual Conference  Journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet: Conference in Public Economics.  DUHR Seminar, Maastricht University
  • Van der Velden, R. (2014), Skills for the Future: Challenges for Higher Education. Keynote at the KoKoHs conference “Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education, 28-29 November, 2014, Mainz.
  • Van der Velden, R. (2014), The Employables: What Makes the Difference? The Employers’ Perspective on Graduate Employability, Keynote at the Economics of Education Association (AEDE) conference 2-4 July 2014 Valencia.
  • Van der Velden, R. (2013), The Employables: What Makes the Difference? The Employers’ Perspective on Graduate Employability, Keynote at the Valencia QA Agency Conference “Employability of Graduates”, 2-3 December 2013, Valencia.
  • Van der Velden, R. (2013), Use-it-or-lose-it? Explaining age-related differences in key information processing skills, Keynote at the NVD Dutch Demography Day, 27 November 2013, Utrecht.
  • Van der Velden, R. (2013), Use-it-or-lose-it? Explaining age-related differences in key information processing skills, invited presentation at the ETS/OECD PIAAC Invitational Conference “The importance of skills and how to assess them”, 13-15 November, Washington (for audio see:
  • Van der Velden, R. (2013), Arbeidsmarktkansen van afgestudeerden: het perspectief van werkgevers, Keynote at the BRUG Conference “Regionaal Competentiemanagement: naar een onderzoeks- en beleidsagenda”, 27 November 2013, Amersfoort.
  • Van der Velden, R. (2012), The Reliability of Educational Credentials: How Selection in Education Affects Labour Market Outcomes, Keynote at DIPF, 13 January 2012, Frankfurt.

Published by  AISSR

15 October 2015