Bert Van Landeghem

Research Fellow

Room 434

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 9657



Bert obtained his Ph.D. in November 2010 from the University of Leuven (Belgium), and has been a visiting researcher at Warwick University, the University of Bonn and has joined the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) as a research fellow in July 2013

He has been appointed as a research fellow at the Institute for Economic Analysis of Decision-Making (InstEAD) at the University of Sheffield for the period of 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2016,

Research summary

His main research areas include economics and well-being, labour economics, applied microeconometrics and development economics.

Apart from academic research, Bert has also been involved in policy research such as for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Flemish Ministry of Labour, and one of his medium-term targets is to create spillovers between policy research and academic research.

He is currently involved in a randomized controlled trial with the Flemish employment agency, and he has been awarded a 2-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (starting in January 2016) from the European Commission which will allow him to closely collaborate with the British Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to evaluate labour market policies.

Working Papers

De Neve, J., G. Ward, F. Dekeulenaer, B. Van Landeghem, G. Kavetsos and M. Norton (2016) Individual Experience of Positive and Negative Growth Is Asymmetric: Global Evidence from Subjective Well-Being Data. Resubmitted to the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Van Landeghem, B., F. Cörvers and A. de Grip (2016) Is There a Rationale to Coach the Unemployed Right from the Start? Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9627, Revision Requested from Labour Economics.

Van Landeghem, B. and A. Vandeplas (2016) Lower in Rank, but Happier: The Complex Relationship Between Status and Happiness. Under Review.


Van Landeghem, B. (2014) A Test Based on Panel Refreshments for Panel Conditioning in Stated Utility Measures. Economics Letters 124, 236-238.

Van Landeghem, B., J. Swinnen and L. Vranken (2013) Land and Happiness: Land Distri-bution and Subjective Well-Being in Moldova. Eastern European Economics 51, 61-85.

Van Landeghem, B. (2012) A Test for the Convexity of Human Well-Being over the Life Cycle: Evidence from a 20-Year Panel. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 81, 571-582.

Blanchflower, D, A. Oswald and B. Van Landeghem (2009) Imitative Obesity and Relative Utility. Journal of the European Economic Association 7, 528-538.

Policy Papers

D’Addio, A.-C., S. Chapple, A. Hoherz and B. Van Landeghem (2013) Using a Quasi-natural Experiment to Identify the Effects of Birth-Related Leave Policies on Subjective Well-being in Europe. OECD Journal: Economic Studies 2013(1), 235-268.

Van Landeghem, B. and F. Cörvers (2013) Effect- en Impactmeting van het Inspectieoptreden op het Werkgelegenheidsbeleid en van Aangepast Normconform Handelen bij de Geïnspecteerden. VIONA Rapport, Juni 2013.

Van Landeghem, B. and F. Cörvers (2013) Impactmeting voor Inspectiediensten: Theorie en Aanbevelingen voor de Vlaamse Inspectie Werk en Sociale Economie. Over.Werk. Tijdschrift van het Steunpunt WSE 23, 23-30.

Van Landeghem, B. (2009). The Course of Subjective Well-Being over the Life Cycle. Schmollers Jahrbuch / Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, 129, 261-267.