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. 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 labor market.
ROA’s research is organised in four programmes:
- Education and Occupational Career
- Training and Employment
- Dynamics of the Labour Market
- Human Capital in the Region
The first three programmes take education and training as point of departure and look at the drivers and outcomes at the individual and organizational level. These programmes represent ROA’s focus on Education and lifelong learning. The last programme study the developments at the national and regional labour markets and focus on both labour supply and demand behavior, and the interaction between the two. These programmes represent ROA’s focus on the Labour market. In all four programmes, ROA contributes to both the academic literature and the public debate on education and labour market issues.
ROA’s research builds on a dedicated scientific and support staff, consisting of some 45 employees.