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Prof. Dr. Rolf van der Velden

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Rolf van der Velden (1955) is professor at Maastricht University, director of the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) and program director Education and Occupational Career at the same institute. He supervised several (inter)national studies on the transition from school to work. He recently coordinated the international REFLEX project (www.reflexproject.org) and was advisor on the related HEGESCO project (www.hegesco.org). Currently he is involved in the PIAAC project where he was responsible for the development of the background questionnaire (http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac). He is member of several research associations in the field of social stratification, education and labour market. In 1983 he finished his study sociology at the University of Gronin­gen. From 1983 till 1990 he worked at the Institute for Educational Research in Gronin­gen, where he held the position of Head of the Division of Labour Market Research. In 1991 he finis­hed his Ph.D. thesis on 'Social Background and School-success'. He has published on many stu­dies in the field of education, training and labour market. Current research focuses on knowledge economy and the demand for 21st century skills, the role of key skills for well-functioning on the labour market, international comparisons in the transition from higher education to work, the effects of (higher) education on skills development, the effect of characteristics of the education and labour market system on labour market outcomes, educational and skills mismatches and the acquisition and decline of skills over the life course.

Recent publications

Martin Humburg, Rolf van der Velden, Skills and the graduate recruitment process: Evidence from two discrete choice experiments, ROA-RM-2014/2, Maastricht University.

Jim Allen, Lourdes Badillo-Amador, Rolf van der Velden, Wage effects of job-worker mismatches: Heterogeneous skills or institutional effects?, ROA-RM-2013/21, Maastricht University.

J. Allen & R. van der Velden (forthcoming), Contextual Indicators in Adult Literacy Studies: the Case of PIAAC, In: L. Rutkowski, M. Von Davier and D. Rukowski (eds.), Analysis of International large-Scale Assessment Data, Publisher: Taylor and Francis.

M. Humburg & 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.

T. Traag, O. Marie & R. van der Velden (forthcoming), The Relationship between Delinquency, School Performance and Early School Leaving, In: F. Weerman, V, van der Geest, J. Verbruggen & A. Blokland (eds.), Criminal Behaviour from School to the Workplace: Untangling the Complex Relations Between Employment, Education and Crime, Routledge.

J. Allen & R. van der Velden (forthcoming), Skills for the 21st Century: Implications for the Dutch Education, In: Higher Education: Recent Trends, Emerging Issues and Future Outlook, Nova Publishers.

Marieke Buisman, Jim Allen, Didier Fouarge, Willem Houtkoop en Rolf van der Velden 2013. PIAAC: Kernvaardigheden voor werk en leven. Expertisecentrum Beroepsonderwijs (ecbo), 's-Hertogenbosch.

Mark Levels, Rolf van der Velden, Jim Allen, Educational mismatches and skills: New empirical tests of old hypotheses, ROA-RM-2013/18, Maastricht University.

Jim Allen, Mark Levels, Rolf van der Velden, Skill mismatch and skill use in developed countries: Evidence from the PIAAC study, ROA-RM-2013/17, Maastricht University.

C. Büchner & R. van der Velden (forthcoming), Changes in the primary and secondary effects of social background over time in the Netherlands, In:  M. Jackson & J. Jonson, Determined to Succeed? Performance versus Choice in Educational Attainment, Stanford University Press.

M. Humburg & R. van der Velden (2013), What is expected of higher education graduates in the 21st century?, ROA-RM-2013/13, Maastricht University.

R. van der Velden (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

J. Dronkers & R. van der Velden (2013), Positive but also negative effects of ethnic diversity in schools on educational performance? An empirical test using PISA data, M. Windzio (ed.) Integration & Inequality in Educational Institutions, Springer Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht, pp. 71-98. 

Charlotte Büchner, Rolf van der Velden, Maarten Wolbers (2013), Social background’s effect of educational attainment: Does method matter?, ROA-RM-2013/1, Maastricht University.

J. Allen & R. van der Velden (2012), Skills for the 21st Century: Implications for Education, ROA-RM-2012/11, Maastricht University.

C. Büchner, F. Cörvers, T. Traag, R. van der Velden (2012), How do education, cognitive skills, cultural and social capital account for intergenerational earnings persistence? Evidence from the Netherlands, ROA-RM-2012/7, Maastricht University.

Tanja Traag, Miranda Jessica Lubbers and Rolf van der Velden, That's what friends are for? The impact of peer characteristics on early school-leaving, ROA-RM-2012/6, Maastricht, ROA.

Tanja Traag and Rolf van der Velden, The effects of cognitive and non-cognitive skills on early school-leaving, ROA-RM-2012/5, Maastricht, ROA.

C. Büchner, W. Smits & R. van der Velden (2012), Education, Cognitive Skills and Earnings of Males and Females, ROA-RM-2012/2, Maastricht.

Martin Humburg, Andries de Grip and Rolf van der Velden, Which skills protect graduates against a slack labour market?, ROA-RM-2012/1, Maastricht, ROA.

D. Verhaest & R. van der Velden (2012), Cross-Country Differences in Graduate Overeducation, European Sociological Review. DOI:10.1093/esr/jcs044.

J. Dronkers, 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.

J. Allen, S. Pavlin & R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), Competencies and Early Labour Market Careers of Higher Education Graduates in Europe, Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana.

J. Allen, & R. van der Velden (2011), Introduction, In: J. Allen, S. Pavlin & R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), Competencies and Early Labour Market Careers of Higher Education Graduates in Europe, Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, p. 7-10.

R. van der Velden & J. Allen (2011), Conclusions and Policy Implications, In: J. Allen, S. Pavlin & R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), Competencies and Early Labour Market Careers of Higher Education Graduates in Europe, Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, p. 127-134.

J. Allen & R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: New Challenges for Higher Education, Higher Education Dynamics, 35, Dordrecht: Springer.  

J. Allen  & R. van der Velden, Introduction, In: J. Allen & R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: New Challenges for Higher Education, Higher Education Dynamics, 35, Dordrecht: Springer, p. 1-14. 

R. van der Velden & J. Allen, The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: Required Competences and the Role of Higher Education, In: J. Allen & R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: New Challenges for Higher Education, Higher Education Dynamics, 35, Dordrecht: Springer, p. 15-54.

R. van der Velden & J. Allen, Conclusions and Policy Implications, In: J. Allen & R. van der Velden (eds.) (2011), The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: New Challenges for Higher Education, Higher Education Dynamics, 35, Dordrecht: Springer, p. 241-254.

T. Traag and R. van der Velden (2011), Early school-leaving in the Netherlands: The role of family resources, school composition and background characteristics in early school-leaving in lower secondary education, Irish Educational Studies, 30,1, 45-62.

Rolf van der Velden, E. Smyth (eds.) (2011). Special Issue: Transitions into and out of Higher education, Irish Educational Studies, 30, 2, 135-139.

Jaap Dronkers, Rolf van der Velden, Allison Dunne (2011). The effects of educational systems, school-composition, track-level, parental background and immigrants’ origins on the achievement of 15-years-old native and immigrant students. A reanalysis of PISA 2006. ROA-RM-2011/6, Maastricht, ROA.

Tanja Traag and Rolf van der Velden (2011). Early school-leaving in the Netherlands: The role of family resources, school composition and background characteristics in early school-leaving in lower secondary education, Irish Education Studies, 30 (1):45-62

Tanja Traag, Olivier Marie, Rolf van der Velden (2010). Social Bonding, Early School Leaving, and Delinquency, ROA-RM-2010/14, Maastricht.

Dieter Verhaest, Rolf van der Velden (2010). Cross-country differences in graduate overeducation and its persistence, ROA-RM-2010/7, Maastricht.

Rolf van der Velden, Jim Allen (2009). On the Effects of Education, In: Staudinger, U.M. & Heidemeier, H. (Eds.): Altern, Bildung und lebenslanges Lernen (Altern in Deutschland Bd. 2). [Aging, education and lifelong learning (Aging in Germany, Vol. 2)]. Nova Acta Leopoldina NF Bd., 100, Nr. 364, pp. 143-161.

Rolf van der Velden, Maarten Wolbers (2008). A Framework for Monitoring Transition Systems, Paris: OECD Education Working Paper No. 20, EDU/WKP (2008)7.

Tanja Traag, Rolf van der Velden (2008). Early School-Leaving in the Netherlands: The Role of Student-, Family- and School Factors for Early School-Leaving in Lower Secondary Education, ROA-RM-2008/3, Maastricht.

Adela García-Aracil, Rolf van der Velden (2008). Competencies for Young European Higher Education Graduates: Labor Market Mismatches and their Payoffs. Higher Education, 55 (2): 219-239

Jim Allen en Rolf van der Velden (2007). Transitions from Higher Education to Work, In: U. Teichler (ed.), Careers of University Graduates: Views and Experiences in Comparative Perspectives, Dordrecht: Springer: 55-78.

Jim Allen, Yuki Inenaga, Rolf van der Velden & Keiichi Yoshimoto (eds.) (2007). Competencies, Higher Education and Career in Japan and the Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Jim Allen, Yuki Inenaga, Rolf van der Velden, Keiichi Yoshimoto (2007), Introduction, In: J. Allen, Y. Inenaga, R. van der Velden & K. Yoshimoto (eds.) (2007). Competencies, Higher Education and Career in Japan and the Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers: 3-24.

Rolf van der Velden, Peet van de Loo & Christoph Meng (2007). University and College Differences in the Returns to Education in Japan and the Netherlands. In: J. Allen, Yuki Inenaga, Rolf van der Velden & Keiichi Yoshimoto (eds.), Competencies, Higher Education and Career in Japan and the Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers: 77-96.

Cristophe Boone, Christoph Meng & Rolf van der Velden (2007). Individualism and Collectivism, The Differential Impact of Job Competencies and Characteristics on Wages and Employee Well-Being in Japan and the Netherlands, In: Jim Allen, Yuki Inenaga, Rolf van der Velden & Keiichi Yoshimoto (eds.), Competencies, Higher Education and Career in Japan and the Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers: 211-224.

Rolf van der Velden, Maarten Wolbers (2007). How Much Does Education Matter and Why? The Effects of Education on Socio-Economic Outcomes among School-Leavers in the Netherlands, European Sociological Review, 23 (1): 65-80.

Judith Semeijn, Rolf van der Velden, Hans Heijke, Cees van der Vleuten, Henny Boshuizen (2006). Competence Indicators in Academic Education and Early Labour Market Success of Graduates in Health Sciences, Journal of Education and Work, 19(4): 383-413.

J. Semeijn, Rolf van der Velden, Hans. Heijke, Cees van der Vleuten, Henny Boshuizen (2005).The Role of Education in Selection and Allocation on the Labour Market. An Empirical Study in the Medical Field, Education Economics, 13 (4): 449-477.

Jim Allen, Rolf. van der Velden (2005). The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society: Conceptual Framework of the REFLEX Project, REFLEX Working paper 1, Maastricht: ROA.

Jim Allen, Rolf van der Velden (2005). The Role of Self-Assessment in Measuring Skills, REFLEX Working paper 2, Maastricht.

Judith Semeijn, Christophe Boone, Rolf van der Velden, Arjen van Witteloostuijn (2005). Graduates' Personality Characteristics and Labor Market Entry. An Empirical Study Among Dutch Economics Graduates, Economics of Education Review, 24: 67-83.

Jim Allen, Ger Ramaekers, Rolf van der Velden (2005). Measuring Competencies of Higher Education Graduates, New Directions for Institutional Research, 126: 49-59.

 

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