Cörvers, F

Professor Frank Cörvers (1966) combines his chair in Demographic Transition, human capital and employment at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) with the Human Capital in the Region research programme at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA). For this chair, he is affiliated to the Neimed socio-economic knowledge institute at the Open University in Heerlen. Furthermore he is member of the ROA management team and director of the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) at Maastricht University.

He is, among other positions, member of the scientific board of ITEM and fellow at MACIMIDE, member of Expert Group Social Demography at Statistics Netherlands and member of the Scientific Reflection Group on Population Decline (WRB). 

Frank Cörvers studied general economics at the universities of Maastricht and Hannover and obtained his doctorate at Maastricht University on the impact of education and training on the international competitiveness of manufacturing sectors. Subsequently he was employed as a lecturer at the School of Business and Economics of Maastricht University, and as a researcher, project leader and manager at Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and ROA.

His most recent publications address issues such as the quality and relevance of vocational education, migration and brain drain, regional labour markets, and the quantity and quality aspects of the teacher labour market. He has published dozens of research reports for commissioners at ministries, provinces, the European Union, the OECD and the World Bank. He is frequently consulted as an expert on education and labour market issues by for example ministries, national councils and various news media. 

Overview of publications by Frank Cörvers at:

Maastricht University


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Labour market forecasting; Geographic mobility; Demographic transitions; Shrinking regions; Transition between the labour market and the education system in the region; Regional labour demand; Teacher labour market


Recent key publications

Work for third parties

  • Penningmeester at Stichting Studium Generale

Other activities

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board (WAC) of the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities

Member of the Scientific Expert Group on Population Decline, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

Member of the Scientific Board of ITEM (Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility), Maastricht University

Member of the Expert Group on Social Demography, Statistics Netherlands


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