Bruno Van der Linden was research director at the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium). He is also Emeritus Professor at the Economics Department of the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He studied applied mathematics (PhD in 1987) and economics (MA in 1989) at Louvain. Since 1990, he teaches labour economics and evaluation methods. Part of his recent research has examined the links between income taxation, the labour market and welfare. His recent work also covers the evaluation of labour market policies. Other research interests include the explanations of spatial heterogeneities in unemployment rates, the design of unemployment insurance/assistance schemes, and the implications of search and matching frictions. The interactions between environmental constraints and the labour market are his most recent research interest

His published articles are found in journals such as the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Public Economics, The Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics,the Journal of Labor Economics, Labour Economics, the IZA Journal of Labor Economics and the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Oxford Economic Papers, the Journal of Public Economic Theory, Macroeconomic Dynamics and the Annales d’Economie et de Statistique.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2004.