Wim P.M. Vijverberg, Pd.D., is Professor of Economics at the Ph.D. Program in Economics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Prior to his joining the university in August 2008, he held a similar position at the University of Texas at Dallas. In a more distance past, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Economic Growth Center of Yale University for three years and held one-year appointments at the University of Hawaii and Illinois State University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981.
Wim worked as a consultant for the World Bank on various research projects related to labor markets in developing countries. He participated in a major evaluation of the Living Standards Measurement Study survey instrument and, in the last few years, helped design the Rural Investment Climate Survey instrument. His current project of interest is the measurement of the investment climate in rural areas and its effect on enterprise performance, enterprise start-up, and labor market choices of households.
His major areas of research interests are: labor markets in less developed countries, in particular in relation to earnings and labor supply choices such as self-employment versus wage employment, and migration; labor markets in industrial countries, especially in regard to earning structures and earnings risk; limited dependent variable models and simulated moment estimators; spatial econometrics; small-scale enterprises.
Wim Vijverberg joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2000.