Research Interests: Labor Economics, Econometrics, Development Economics, Small Enterprises, Small-scale enterprises and the investment climate; Self-employment vs. wage employment; Earnings risk; Panel econometrics in the context of labor economics data; Education and labor market entry.
Wim Vijverberg holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of specialty lie at the intersection of labor economics, econometrics, and development economics. He has published more than fifty articles in top-ranked general journals (Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, International Economic Review) and specialized journals (Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Journal of Public Economics).
A great deal of Vijverberg’s work is “applied,” in that it uses econometric techniques to analyze and test theories. An example of this is a recent large-scale multiyear survey project on the investment climate in rural areas in a number of developing countries, which investigated the effect of various community characteristics on enterprise performance and entrepreneurship with cutting-edge econometric techniques. But other work is less applied and more methodological. For example, recently Vijverberg has explored new econometric techniques that allow flexible degrees of skewness and kurtosis in multivariate regression and discrete choice models. Furthermore, long-standing topics of interest include the impact of earnings risk on earnings, analysis of schooling outcomes, tests for unobserved heterogeneity in panel and grouped data, and the econometric modeling of clustered sample data.