Francqui Prize 2019 for Frederic, Bram & Laurens

During a ceremony on June 6 King Philippe of Belgium awarded the Francqui prize, often dubbed ‘the Belgian Nobel Prize’, to Laurens Cherchye, Bram De Rock and Frederic Vermeulen for their research into the impact of family decisions on individual well-being.

The three economists have developed a methodology to reliably explain and predict the decisions made by individual family members and the distribution of money and time within families. The jury praises the research for its high societal relevance: it allows for sharp conclusions about the impact of government measures – including a reform of the personal income tax or divorce legislation – on family decisions and the individual well-being that goes with it.

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Stefanie Stantcheva holds the Gaston Eyskens Chair 2019

Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard University) will give 4 lectures on “The future of taxation, innovation and redistribution”. The inaugural lecture will take place on Wednesday October 23, 2019 at 5pm in the Promotiezaal. She will give two more lectures on Thursday October 24, and another one on Friday October 25.

Stefanie Stantcheva recently received le Prix du meilleur jeune économiste. Le Cercle des économistes and French daily Le Monde award this yearly prize to honour a French economist under 41 years of age. 

Her research focuses on the taxation of firms and individuals, and more specifically on the following 3 topics

  • The long-run effects of taxes on innovation, education & training, and wealth. How can we design the tax system to foster innovation?
  • The determinants of our social preferences, attitudes, and perceptions, which ultimately drive support for redistribution.
  • The effects of taxes in imperfect markets with informational frictions and rents.

The Gaston Eyskens chair was established in 1985 in honor of Gaston Eyskens, the former KU Leuven economist and Belgian Prime Minister. Eyskens mostly studied regional economic problems and solutions. Every two years, an economist of international renown comes to Leuven to give a number of specialized guest lectures as part of the Gaston Eykens Chair.


European Workshop on Econometrics and Health Economics

Leuven hosts the 28th European Workshop on Econometrics and Health Economics from September 11th till September 14th, 2019. This series of workshops provides a forum for the development and dissemination of applications of econometrics and other quantitative approaches in health economics. Each year a selection of papers from the Workshop is published in Health Economics.

KU Leuven, University of York and Hasselt University are co-organizing the event.

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Hylke Vandenbussche new FEB vice dean for research

As of August 2019 prof. Hylke Vandenbussche will be the new vice dean for research and valorisation of the Faculty of Economics and Business. She succeeds Marleen Willekens, who will be appointed the next research coordinator of the Humanities and Social Sciences Group of KU Leuven.

Hylke's own research deals with firm-level trade and the role of demand, firm-size distributions, input-output linkages, global value chains and the interaction with trade policy.

Congratulations, Hylke !


Recent key publications by Frank Verboven, Jan De Loecker & Joep Konings

The department keeps an overview of recent publications by its members in top ranked scientific journals. Recently we could add 3 key publications to the list.

The abstracts and full articles are available on the publisher's websites by clicking the titles above.


Placement job market candidates

A number of our PhD students and postdocs were on the job market this year. Check the placement overview to see where our graduates are heading off to.


Restud Tour 2019 in Leuven

We were very pleased to welcome the 31st Review of Economic Studies May Meetings in Leuven on May 13 and 14. The RESTUD Tour 2019 was co-organized by the Department of Economics KU Leuven, LSE and Sciences Po. The speakers were Clare Balboni (LSE)Sydnee Caldwell (MIT)Jose Ignacio Cuesta (Chicago)Ellora Derenoncourt (Harvard)Wayne Gao (Yale)Pooya Molavi (MIT) and Weijie Zhong (Columbia).

The Review of Economic Studies May Meetings have been held annually in May since 1989. Every year, in line with the Review’s tradition of encouraging the work of young economists, some of the most promising graduating doctoral students in economics and finance in the world are selected to present their research to audiences in Europe. The meetings take place at the economics departments or institutes of three or four universities across Europe. Standard seminar presentations are given over two days to audiences invited by the local hosts and which include members of the journal’s editorial board.

Further details are published on the Restud Tour 2019 site.


Upcoming events

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    18/07/2019 12:00 - 18/07/2019 13:15

    GRADUATE SUMMER WORKSHOP: Stylised facts on government debt management

    Giulio MAZZOLINI (Department of Economics)
    Hogenheuvelcollege HOG 01.10
    Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven
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    23/07/2019 12:00 - 23/07/2019 13:15

    GRADUATE SUMMER WORKSHOP: Favoritism in public procurement

    Vítezslav TITL (LEER)
    Hogneheuvelcollege HOG 01.10
    Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven
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    30/07/2019 12:00 - 30/07/2019 13:15

    GRADUATE SUMMER WORKSHOP: Importing after exporting: evidence from Belgian firms

    Elena ZAURINO (Department of Economics)
    Hogenheuvelcollege HOG 01.10
    Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven

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Job opportunities

Economics Leuven is hiring! At the moment we have four vacant full-time PhD positions in the field of Industrial Organization. A master degree in Economics or comparable quantitative degree, and a keen interest in empirical industrial organization? Grab your chance & apply via the button below.

To get an overview of all vacancies in economics at KU Leuven please consult the jobsite and filter on 'economics'.

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Looking for More?


Want to know more about Economics Leuven? Below are three selections of publications by our researchers. More comprehensive publication lists, and more in depth info about their research, are typically published on the researchers' personal websites. We've also archived some news items and events.

Interested in pursuing a PhD? Economics Leuven has a large and vibrant community of PhD researchers and an internationally highly esteemed doctoral program. Our economics research community also includes members of three research centers. Links to the websites of these spearhead groups are provided below.

More questions? Contact us at or +32 16 326725.




  • Key publications: A selection of publications over the last five years in these top ranked journals: Econometrica, The Review of Economic Studies, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, and American Economic Review.
  • Discussion Paper Series: An overview of discussion papers published by the department.
  • Leuvens Economische Standpunten (Dutch only): Summaries of longer scientific papers or publications in which policy-relevant results are described


Research centers

  • LICOS Center for Institutions and Economic Performance: LICOS stands for top-level theoretical end empirical research of micro- and macro-economic aspects of transition, institutional changes and economic performance.
  • VIVES Center for Regional Economic Policy: VIVES specializes in fundamental and applied research in regional economics and regional policy to support the debate on the economic and social development of regions.
  • LEER Leuven Economics of Education Research: LEER aims for state-of-the-art academic research on education and education-labour market issues with economic tools.