The Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) is a research institute of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, established in 1986. Through its research, the institute aims to improve the understanding of the relationship between education and the labour market. The overarching research theme of ROA is the acquisition and depreciation of human capital over the life course in relation to the dynamics of the labour market. This is studied in four research programmes:
- Education and Occupational Career
- Training and Employment
- Dynamics of the Labour Market
- Human Capital in the Region
The first two programmes take education and training as point of departure and look at outcomes at the individual and organizational level. These programmes represent ROA’s focus on Education. The last two programmes take national and regional labour markets as point of departure and focus on individual and firm behavior, and the interaction between the two. These programmes represent ROA’s focus on the Labour market.
In these fields ROA contributes to both the academic literature and the public debate on education and labour market issues. The four research programmes are supported by a fundamental research programme. This fundamental research is partly funded by the MaastrichtUniversity’s Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). ROA’s research activities are being carried out and supported by a dedicated scientific and support staff, consisting of about 40 employees.