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Sabien Dobbelaere (1977) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Research Fellow at Tinbergen Institute (TI, Amsterdam) & Institute of Labor Economics (IZA, Bonn). She is the program coordinator of the Bachelor Economics and Business Economics and member of the Educational Quality Steering Committee ("Stuurgroep Onderwijskwaliteit, STOK") at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


My fields of specialization are applied microeconometrics and applied microeconomics. My research focuses on the causes and consequences for both firms and workers of labor/product market imperfections, shifts in the direction of technological change/innovation and market dynamics.

I have received invitations for presentation at various high-quality conferences and have been visiting CREST (Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique, Paris), ZEW (Mannheim), Keio University (Tokyo) and Banque de France (Paris).

For more information, see my curriculum vitae and SSRN page.


Since the completion of my PhD in 2004, I have been awarded competitive (small- and large-scale) research grants on a continuous basis: Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Research Foundation - Flanders (2004-2009), SEEK (Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies) Research Grant - ZEW (Centre for European Economic Research), Mannheim (2010-2012), TFP Research Grant - National Bank of Belgium, Brussels (2013-2014), Fondation Banque de France Visiting Scholar Research Grant (2017 & 2019) and Horizon 2020 Grant "Raising EU productivity: Lessons from improved micro data" - European Commission (2019-2021).

I received an Incentive Grant from the School of Business and Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2023.


Microeconomics: 100-level (VU EBE BSc): 2008-present

Introduction to Econometrics: Master (VU Economics, Public Policy, STREEM): 2019-present

Applied Econometrics: Master (VU Economics): 2019-present

Labour Economics: Master (VU Economics): 2015- 2021

Human Capital across the Life Cycle: 300-level (VU EBE BSc): 2016-2020

Advanced Methods for Applied Economic Research: Master (VU Economics, Public Policy, STREEM):2016-2018

Microeconomics: 300-level (VU EBE BSc): 2013-2015

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • employer monopsony power
  • worker monopoly power
  • productivity
  • price-cost markups
  • firm heterogeneity
  • panel data

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