De Wolf, I

Prof. dr. Inge de Wolf (1970) is a professor of Education Systems at Maastricht University, the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), department of Economics. She is director of the ´Academic Workplace in Education Quality´. This workplace is a research network of academics, inspectors, school leaders and other professionals in education. The research projects of the workplace aim to increase the quality of education practice and policy, by disentangling mechanisms and measuring effects of interventions at schools. Partners of the workplace are Maastricht University, the VU University Amsterdam, the Inspectorate of Education and education professionals. Inge also works as a strategic inspector at the Inspectorate of Education, as a guest lecturer (for the NSOB and Nyenrode Business University) and she does consultancy work for the OECD and the WorldBank. Inge is research fellow at the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) and fellow of the Amsterdam Centre for Learning Analytics (ACLA).

Expertise: Current research focuses on school improvement, education systems, school quality, student careers, evaluation methods, and inspection and accountability systems.

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Current research focuses on school improvement, education systems, school quality, student careers, evaluation methods, and inspection and accountability systems


  • Cornelisz, I., van der Velden, R., de Wolf, I., & van Klaveren, C. (2018). The consequences of academic dismissal for academic success. (ACLA Working Paper Series; No. 20181). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Center for Learning Analytics.
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  • Gubbels, J., Coppens, K., & de Wolf, I. (2018). Inclusive education in the Netherlands: How funding arrangements and demographic trends relate to dropout and participation rates. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 22(11), 1137-1153. 
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  • Golsteyn, B., Vermeulen, S., & de Wolf, I. (2016). Teacher Literacy and Numeracy Skills: International Evidence from PIAAC and ALL. De Economist, 164(4), 365-389. 
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  • Timmermans, A.C., De Wolf, I.F., Bosker, R.J. & Doolaard, S. (2015) Risk-based educational accountability in Dutch primary education. In: Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 27(4), 323-346.
  • Timmermans, A. C., Bosker, R. J., de Wolf, I. F., Doolaard, S., & van der Werf, M. P. C. (2014). Value added based on educational positions in Dutch Secondary Education. British Educational Research Journal, 40(6), 1057-1082. 
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  • Oosterbeek, H., Leuven, E. & De Wolf, I. (2013) The effects of medical school on health outcomes: Evidence from admission lotteries. Journal of Health Economics, 32, 698-707.

Work for third parties

  • Lid MT. Verantwoordelijk voor ontwikkeling naar landelijke kenniscentrum at Nationaal regieorgaan onderwijsonderzoek (NWO)

Other activities

  • Strategic inspector of education (since 2018)
  • Consultant WorldBank (since 2017)
  • Consultant OECD (since 2015)
  • Guest lecturer NSOB & Nyenrode University (since 2012 & 2018)
  • Board member of VIDE, Dutch organization for inspectors and evaluators (since 2012)
  • Chair of the Dutch Academic Network on Supervision (since 2012)

Additional roles & tasks

Professor of Education Systems