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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).

For more information, see personal webpage 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).


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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Product market Business & Economics
Labour market Business & Economics
Workers Business & Economics
Bargaining power Business & Economics
Labor market imperfections Business & Economics
France Business & Economics
Rent sharing Business & Economics
Markups Business & Economics

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Research Output 2003 2019

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

Gradual collective wage bargaining

Dobbelaere, S. & Luttens, R. I., 2016, In : Labour Economics. 40, June, p. 37-42

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Wage bargaining
Employment contracts
Search frictions

Allocation of Human Capital and Innovation at the Frontier: Firm-level Evidence on Germany and the Netherlands

Bartelsman, E. J., Dobbelaere, S. & Peters, B., 2015, In : Industrial and Corporate Change. 24, 5, p. 875-949

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Panel data estimates of the production function and product and labor market imperfections

Dobbelaere, S. & Mairesse, J., 2013, In : Journal of Applied Econometrics. 28, 1, p. 1-46 46 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

production function
labor market

Product and labor market imperfections and scale economies: Micro-evidence on France, Japan and the Netherlands

Dobbelaere, S., Kiyota, K. & Mairesse, J., 2015, In : Journal of Comparative Economics. 43, 2, p. 290-322

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Product market
Scale economies
The Netherlands

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