Dr. Harald Pfeifer (BIBB) has been appointed to the part-time chair of Vocational Education and Training at Maastricht university School of Business and Economics.
ROA’s new report on lifelong learning in the Netherlands shows that the gap in training participation between low and high educated keeps on growing. It also shows that the gap in training participation between younger and older workers is decreasing. The report ‘Nederland in Leerstand’ is written by Didier Fouarge, Peter van Eldert, Andries de Grip, Annemarie Künn-Nelen en Davey Poulissen.
ROA Workshop Dynamics of Skills Supply and Demand
On November 16 and 17 2018, the Maastricht University Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) organises a workshop on the topic of Dynamics of Skills Supply and Demand.
Deadline for submission: 1 June
Article in Personnel Review, Volume 47, No. 2, 2018, pp. 517 – 534.
Ruud Gerards, Andries de Girp and Claudia Baudewijns
The purpose of this paper is to shed more light on the impact of the various facets of new ways of working (NWW) on employee work engagement, taking into account multiple sectors and occupational fields.
Insights from the literature and the job demands-resources model underpin the hypotheses on how NWW would affect work engagement. The hypotheses were tested using the Preacher and Hayes’ (2008) bootstrap method for multiple mediation and controls, taking into account two potential mediators between (facets of) NWW and work engagement: social interaction in the workplace and transformational leadership.
The analyses show that three facets of NWW – management of output, access to organizational knowledge, and a freely accessible open workplace – positively affect employees’ work engagement. The latter two facets appear to be fully mediated by social interaction and transformational leadership.
The results imply that firms should foster transformational leadership styles among their line managers, and social interaction in the workplaces, to maximize the positive impact of NWW on work engagement.
This empirical paper draws on a unique data set on the Dutch working population to provide novel insights with a substantial degree of generalizability into the relation between NWW and work engagement, whilst applying a more comprehensive definition of NWW than previously applied, while incorporating two potential mediators.
Article in International Labour Review, Volume 156, No. 3-4, 2017, pp. 525 – 548.
Fleur G. Gommans, Nicole W.H. Jansen, Dave Stynen, IJmert Kant and Andries de Grip
Based on a sample of older workers from the Maastricht Cohort Study, the authors investigate the prevalence and dynamics of self-reported under-skilling and its effects on workers’ need for recovery, their risk of losing employment and their retirement intentions over a two-year period. They find that being underskilled is associated both with higher levels of need for recovery over time and with the risk of losing employment, but not with early retirement intentions. To achieve sustainable employment, they argue, the course of under-skilling should be monitored throughout workers’ careers, enabling timely interventions to avoid its negative consequences.
Article in Journal of Regional Science, Volume 58, Issue 1, 2018, pp. 116 – 140.
Viktor Venhorst and Frank Cörvers
We estimate the impact of internal migration on job-match quality for recent Dutch university and college graduates. We find positive yet modest wage returns. After controlling for the self-selection of migrants with an IV approach, this effect is no longer significant for university graduates and all graduates from peripheral areas. We also find that, for our alternative job-match measures, where there is evidence of migrant self-selection, controlling for self-selection strongly reduces the effect of internal migration on job-match quality. In some cases, the returns on internal migration are found to be negative, which may signal forced migration.
Tom Stolp (2017), “Sorting in the Labor Market; the Role of Risk Preference and Stress“
Supervisor: prof.dr. T. Dohmen
Co-supervisor: dr. B. Golsteyn