Thijs van Rens is a professor of economics at the University of Warwick and a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. He studied economics at the University of Amsterdam and Princeton University, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in June 2005. Thijs’s research interests are on the intersection of labor economics and macroeconomics, addressing questions why so many workers lose their jobs in a recession and why it takes such a long time before the unemployment rate goes down after the economy recovers.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2007.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 8884
published in: Journal of the European Economics Association, 2020, 18 (4), 1619 - 1654
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6294
revised version published in: Labour Economics, 2019, 57, 117-130
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5099
published in: Economic Journal, 2021, 131 (633), 302 - 326
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4258
published as 'Skill-Biased Technological Change and the Business Cycle' in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2013, 95(4), 1222-1237
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3714
published in: Journal of Monetary Economics, 2013, 60, 887 - 899.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3239
published in: Journal of Monetary Economics, 2009, 56(1), 20-39
IZA World of Labor Article