Research team

Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy


Stijn Baert's research is mainly situated in the broad field of labour economics with a focus on (i) the transition from school to work, (ii) labour market discrimination and (iii) work and health. He has published in reputed journals such as European Sociological Review, Health Economics, Industrial Relations, ILR Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Surveys, Labour Economics, New Media & Society, and Social Science & Medicine. In 2012 and 2013, he worked as a visiting researcher at VU University Amsterdam and at Aarhus University respectively. For his (doctoral) research he received in 2013 the 'P&V Foundation Prize' and in 2014 both the 'Scientific Prize McKinsey & Company' and the 'Prize Charles Ullens'. In 2015 and 2016, Stijn Baert was ranked in the IDEAS worldwide top 50 of young economists (in 2016 at place 17). In 2017 he was nominated for the election of the most talented young researcher in Flanders and the Nederlands, organised by the Dutch version of the monthly journal 'New Scientist'. In 2020, IDEAS again ranks him among the 50 economists with the highest scientific impact in the world in his age group. Since 2016, he has served the Journal of Population Economics as an Associate Editor and Plos One as an Academic Editor. Stijn's research has been mentioned more than 1750 times in national and international media. His insights on, e.g., a reform of the Belgian system of unemployment benefits and anti-discrimination policies have been implemented. For his efforts in science communication and popularisation, in 2015 he was awarded the 'Academy prize for science outreach' by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. Stijn Baert was ranked 2nd in a ranking of Flemish 'thought leaders' in 2020. Stijn Baert is one of the six independent experts who, as Flemish Relaunch Committee, assist the Flemish Government in the relaunch of the economy following the corona crisis. More recent information on Stijn's research can be found via