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dr. A.J.E. Edzes

Associate professor
dr. A.J.E. Edzes

At this moment (2013) I am responsible for two main research projects

Dynamics on the urban labor market

The aim of the research is to investigate the dynamics of the urban labour market in relation to individual career paths on the one hand and economic growth potential of the region on the other hand. The novelty of this research is that it fills the gap in knowledge of the links between dynamics on the labour market and regional and urban localities in the search of effective place based policies. We distinguish between two interrelated objects of study. The first one is the study of individual career paths at a micro level by means of micro-level data. The central question is whether we can define determinants of success of individual career patterns. By determinants we look at personal characteristics (age, gender etc.), educational level and direction, the starting position on the labour market, transition patterns and firm level, industrial and regional characteristics. We also focus on interaction effects between high, medium and low educated individuals. The second one is the study of in-, through and outflows at firm level, intra- en inter industrial mobility at an aggregated level and the relation between job opportunities, (un)employment and regional economic growth and in the end also how mobility at the aggregate levels effects individual career patterns. Both research lines deliver input for a place based labour market policy.

For the (statistical and econometric) analysis we use information at a micro level. The main source is the Social Statistical Database (SSB) of Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The SSB consist of several sub files (like information on Persons, Jobs, Companies, Social-Economic Categories, Education) which can all be linked at a micro level. Over the period of 1999-2008 individual career paths can be followed. The SSB data is partly filled by the data of the social security and tax administration of the Administration Office Employment Insurances (UWV) which is the second source of information. We enrich the micro level data with information on a more aggregated level coming from Statistics Netherlands such as employment data, socio-economic indicators of regions, cities and so on. 

The researchproject is a colloboration between the department of Economic Geography and the Cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Haque, Eindhoven, Emmen and Almelo, the Province of Groningen, the Employee Insurance Agency and Platform31

Bridge Project: Regional Competence Management: Towards a research and policy agenda

The bridge project wants to connect research that is carried out in the context of the Research program ‘Knowledge for Powerful Cities’ from Platform31/NWO around one of the most fundamental issues in the regional and urban socio-economic policy for the future: the proper exploitation and development of human capital in the light of the changing labour market and employment structure, occupational and job requirements and the upcoming aging. The central question is: how we are connecting to available and requested competences on regional labour markets?

The project is a colloboration between the department of Economic Geography of the University of Groningen, the Free University of Amsterdam, Platform31 and all the local and regional partners that participated in one of the researchprojects. 

Last modified:30 May 2019 3.00 p.m.

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