Photo of Bert Van LandeghemBert Van Landeghem

Vice-Chancellor's 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 working (either full time or part-time) at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) from April 2010 until September 2015, which is based at the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands). Bert has joint the University of Sheffield in October 2013, first as a research fellow of the Institute for Economic Analysis of Decision-Making (InstEAD). Currently, he is being appointed as a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow from 5 October 2015 until 30 September 2019, and he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow from 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2017.

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 his Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission allows him to closely collaborate with the British Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to evaluate labour market policies.


Van Landeghem, B. and A. Vandeplas (2018) The Relationship Between Status and Happiness: Evidence from the Caste System in Rural India. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 77, 62-71.

De Neve, J., G. Ward, F. Dekeulenaer, B. Van Landeghem, G. Kavetsos and M. Norton (2017) Individual Experience of Positive and Negative Growth Is Asymmetric: Global Evidence from Subjective Well-Being Data. Review of Economics and Statistics, Forthcoming.

Van Landeghem, B, F. Cörvers and A. de Grip (2017) Is There a Rationale to Contact the Unemployed Right from the Start? Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment. Labour Economics 45, 158-168.

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.