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Dimitris Pavlopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). He started his scientific career as a contract (junior) researcher in 2001 at the National Centre for Social Research in Athens-Greece. He subsequently carried out his PhD project with title 'Wage Mobility Patterns in Europe' from 2003 until 2007 at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. After completing his PhD, he was employed at the research institute CEPS/INSTEAD (currently LISER) in Luxembourg where he worked as a postdoc for the International Master in Social Policy Analysis that was given by CEPS/INSTEAD and the University of Leuven (KULeuven). Since 2009, he is working at the VU, first at the department of Methods and Statistics and then for the department of Sociology. 


Flexible employment is in the heart of scientific and political debate in Europe. Especially during the ongoing economic crisis, governments and employers see employment with non-standard contracts as a way to achieve flexibility that will allow them to overome the crisis. The research of Dimitris Pavlopoulos focusses on this topic at both the individual and the cross-country comparative perspective. His current research focusses on the socio-economic effects of flexible employment and aims at increasing our understanding on the role of flexible employment in the life course. In particular, his research tries to identify when flexible employment contracts are a stepping stone to good and long-lasting employment relations and when it leads to a trap of precarious jobs and unemployment. Furthermore, his research studies the role of labour market institutions and welfare states in shaping the role of flexible employment. In this way, he aims at improving our knowlegde on how we can labour markets can deal in the best way with economic crises.

The research of Dimitris Pavlopoulos has also a strong quantitative methodological component. The socio-economic data that we use in labour market research, either survey or register data, are not error-free. For this purpose, his research studies the application of Hidden Markov Models in the process of the correction of measurement error. His recent publication in Survey Methodology has illustrated that more than half of the mobility from fixed-term to permanent employment is not real.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences 2017-18: 

  • Labour market, Citizenship and Societal Participation (Arbeid, Burgerschap en Sociale Participatie - MSc in Sociology) 
  • Practicing Quantitative Research (Onderzoekspracticum kwantitatief - BSc in Sociology)
  • Multivariate Analysis (Multivariate Analyse - MSc in Communication Science)
  • Master Thesis (MSc in Sociology)  


  • NWO Research Talent scheme for the PhD project “Non-Standard Employment: Prospects or Precarity?”. Year of award: 2016. PhD candidate: Lucille Mattijssen. Role: main applicant. Budget (financed by NWO): €218,474
  • PhD project “Error correction in the measurement of temporary employment”. Year of award: 2015. PhD candidate: Paulina Pankowska. Co-financed (75%) by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Role: co-supervisor/co-applicant. Budget (financed by the CBS): €170,348
  • The effect of flexible employment on the labour market: a longitudinal approach”, project with the Observatory on Economic and Social Development – Labour Institute, Greek General Confederation of Labour.  Year of award: 2013 and 2014. Role: principal investigator. Budget: €20,000

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Tilburg University

1 Sep 200315 Aug 2007

Master, Athens University of Economics and Business

1 Sep 199730 Jun 1999

Bachelor, University of Athens

1 Sep 199130 Jun 1997


  • HA Statistics
  • measurement error
  • hidden markov models
  • HM Sociology
  • Labour market research
  • non-standard employment

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Research Output 2007 2019

Open Access
temporary employment

How linkage error affects hidden Markov models: a sensitivity analysis

Pankowska, P. K. P., Bakker, B. F. M., Oberski, D. L. & Pavlopoulos, D., 19 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Hidden Markov models
Markov Model
Sensitivity analysis
Sensitivity Analysis

Intergenerational relationships in aging Chinese families: How demographic characteristics and cultural conditions matter

Deng, Y., Thomese, F., Silverstein, M. & Pavlopoulos, D., 2018, (In preparation) In : Journal of Marriage and Family.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Nonstandard employment
Career development
Technological change

Loopbanen van flexwerkers: nieuwe inzichten over werk- en inkomenszekerheid op basis van multichannel sequentieanalyse

Mattijssen, L. M. S., Pavlopoulos, D. & Smits, W., 13 Dec 2018, In : Tijdschrift voor arbeidsvraagstukken. 34, 4, p. 449-464 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Sequence analysis

Activities 2008 2018

Social Indicators Research (Journal)

Dimitris Pavlopoulos (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A. Statistics in Society (Journal)

Dimitris Pavlopoulos (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Labour Economics (Journal)

Dimitris Pavlopoulos (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Hoe gebruiken wij de resultaten van sequentieanalyse?

Dimitris Pavlopoulos (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Round table discussion

D. Pavlopoulos (Participant)
13 Jan 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingSocietal


Best Poster Award RC28 Conference 2017

L.M.S. Mattijssen (Recipient) & D. Pavlopoulos (Recipient), 31 Mar 2017



Highly Commended Award Winner

D. Pavlopoulos (Recipient), 5 Apr 2011


Low pay
Labour market

PhD thesis bonus

D. Pavlopoulos (Recipient), 2007


Press / Media

Interview on the European Elections in the Netherlands

D. Pavlopoulos


1 media contribution

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Interview on the role of the Netherlands in the Hanseatic League

D. Pavlopoulos


1 media contribution

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Brain drain

D. Pavlopoulos


1 media contribution

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Griekenland verder zonder financiële steun?

D. Pavlopoulos


1 media contribution

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Interview on the defeat of the Dutch Labour Party

D. Pavlopoulos


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities