Academic research with social impact
Andries de Grip and Rolf van der Velden appeared in UM Magazine
When the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) began making job- market forecasts, its work was viewed with scepticism. In those days – the first report was commissioned by the government in 1986 –applied research was not always seen as ‘proper’ academic work. Now these biennial forecasts set the standard for job-market predictions, the institute enjoys a top reputation and its research has received numerous awards. What is the secret to ROA’s success? Andries de Grip and Rolf van der Velden, co-directors of ROA and two of its first ever researchers, take us behind the scenes.