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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).


My fields of specialization are applied microeconometrics and applied microeconomics. Two central themes are firm production and pricing, and labor-management relations. The observed gap between an input’s marginal product and its measured payment combined with the ubiquity of firm-level productivity variation and persistence are empirical regularities that have shaped my research agenda. Being driven by a curiosity in real world phenomena and highly valuing the empirical validation of economic models, I employ various quantitative methods and a wide variety of micro-level datasets in European, Latin American and Asian countries in my empirical investigations.

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).

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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).


Advanced Methods for Applied Economic Research: Master: 2016-present

Human Capital across the Life Cycle: 300-level: 2016-present

Labour Economics: Master: 2015-present

Microeconomics: 100-level: 2008-present

Microeconomics: 300-level: 2013-2015

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  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Collective bargaining
  • search frictions
  • productivity
  • firm heterogeneity
  • panel data

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Personnel Engineering & Materials Science
Wages Engineering & Materials Science
Product market Business & Economics
Labour market Business & Economics
Workers Business & Economics
Industry Engineering & Materials Science
Bargaining power Business & Economics
Labor market imperfections Business & Economics

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Research Output 2003 2019

  • 15 Article
  • 15 Working paper
  • 2 Report
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

The impact of WTO accession on Chinese firms' product and labor market power

Dobbelaere, S. & Wiersma, Q., 2019, 037/V ed., Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 47 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 037/V).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Comparing micro-evidence on rent sharing from two different econometric models

Dobbelaere, S. & Mairesse, J., Jun 2018, In : Labour Economics. 52, June, p. 18-26 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Econometric models
Rent sharing
Wage determination

Labor market imperfections, markups and productivity in multinationals and exporters

Dobbelaere, S. & Kiyota, K., Aug 2018, In : Labour Economics. 53, p. 198-212 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Labor market imperfections

Comparing micro-evidence on rent sharing from two different econometric models

Dobbelaere, S. & Mairesse, J., 2017, Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 44 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 17, no. 112/V).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Essays on the role of frictions for firms, sectors and the macroeconomy

Gal, P., 2017, 225 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

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