University of Warwick

Department of Economics

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Other affiliations:

Centre for Macroeconomics, Research Associate, LSE

CEPR, Research Affiliate (IM, LE)

CAGE, Research Associate

IZA, Research Fellow

Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Research Fellow


          Curriculum Vitae


          About the real world




Thijs van Rens


Curriculum Vitae  [download pdf]



Working papers also available at SSRN, Google Scholar and IDEAS/RePEc.

Work in progress

The Economics of Food Deserts
with Roberto Pancrazi and Marija Vukotic

Occupational Mobility and Unemployment
with Bilge Eris Dereli

Delayed Adjustment and Persistence in Macroeconomic Models
with Marija Vukotic

Recent working papers

Selective Hiring and Welfare Analysis in Labor Market Models
January 2012, with Christian Merkl
First version: March 2011

Accounting for Mismatch Unemployment
April 2016, with Benedikt Herz
First version: February 2011


The Vanishing Procyclicality of Labor Productivity
January 2014, with Jordi Gali
First version: August 2008
Review of Economic Studies, second revision requested

Wage Rigidity and Job Creation
November 2013, with Christian Haefke and Marcus Sonntag
First version: April 2007
Journal of Monetary Economics, 60(8)

Skill-Biased Technological Change and the Business Cycle
October 2013, with Almut Balleer
First version: February 2008
Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(4), pp.1222-1237

How Important is the Intensive Margin of Labor Adjustment?
Discussion of
Aggregate Hours Worked in OECD Countries by Lee Ohanian and Andrea Raffo
Prepared for the April 2011 Carnegie-Rochester Conference on Advances in Labor Market Dynamics
January 2012
Journal of Monetary Economics, 59(1), pp.57-63.

Heterogeneous Life-Cycle Profiles, Income Risk and Consumption Inequality
January 2009, with Giorgio Primiceri
First version: February 2006
Journal of Monetary Economics, 56(1), pp.20-39.

Should Higher Education Subsidies Depend on Parental Income?
Summer 2004, with Robert Dur and Coen Teulings
Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 20(2), pp.284-297.

Education, Growth and Income Inequality
February 2008, with Coen Teulings
First version: January 2001
Review of Economics and Statistics, 90(1), pp.89-104.

Older working papers

Organizational Capital and Employment Fluctuations
November 2004

Inequality over the Business Cycle: Estimating Income Risk using Consumption Data
October 2004, with Giorgio Primiceri
First version: July 2002

- An Equilibrium Asset Pricing Model with Labor Market Search by Lars-Alexander Kuehn, Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau and Lu Zhang
- Monetary Policy with Heterogeneous Agents by Nils Gornemann, Keith Kuester and Makoto Nakajima
- Unemployment and Mismatch in the UK by Jennifer Smith
- The Cyclical Behavior of Equilibrium Unemployment and Vacancies in the US and Europe by Alejandro Justiniano and Claudio Michelacci
- Hours Worked over the Business Cycle in OECD Countries, 1960-2010 by Lee Ohanian and Andrea Raffo
- The Propagation of Technology Shocks: Do Good, Labor and Credit Market Imperfections Matter and How Much?
by Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau and Etienne Wasmer
- Sectoral Labour Market Effects of the 2006 FIFA World Cup by Arne Feddersen and Wolfgang Maennig
- Housing Market Spillovers: Evidence from an Estimated DSGE Model by Matteo Iacoviello and Stefano Neri
- Efficient Search on the Job and the Business Cycle by Guido Menzio and Shouyong Shi
- The Missing Swedish Skill Premium by David Domeij and Lars Ljungqvist
- Not All Oil Shocks Are Alike by Lutz Kilian
- Peer Influence in Higher Education in China by Li Han and Tao Li
- Gold Rush Fever in Business Cycles by P. Beaudry, F. Collard and F. Portier

Notes and comments
- The Incentive Theory of Matching: A Note, March 2010
- Age Effects and the Pre-Sample Evolution of Income and Consumption Inequality, August 2008, with Giorgio Primiceri
- Comment on Gertler and Trigari, April 2008
- Passive Monetary Policy Under Asymmetric Information, April 2008, with Alberto Martin
- The Value of an Educated Workforce: What We Learn From a Comparison of Growth and Inequality Across Countries, February 2008

About the real world

NEW On the sugar tax

Paying Skilled Workers More Would Create More Skilled Workers
Harvard Business Review, May 2016

The skills gap: Is it a myth? [podcast]
CAGE/SMF Global Perspectives Series: Paper 5, December 2015

Spanish elections and the fiscal crisis
Nieuwsuur daily news broadcast [video, in Dutch], November 19, 2011

Spanish Labor Market Reform
Roundtable discussion at the 8th trobada of the Barcelona GSE [video], October 22, 2011

Economics and the Arts
This_is_Tomorrow programme by the Warwick Arts Centre. Blog by Matt Trueman.



- EC201: Macroeconomics 2 (Warwick, UG2, 2012/13:II)
- EC9A2: Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis (Warwick, PhD1, 2012/13:II)
- Macroeconomics (UPF, masters, 2011/12:II, 2010/11:II)
Advanced Macroeconomics I (UPF, PhD1, 2010/11:II, 2006/07:I, 2005/06:I)
Advanced Macroeconomics II (UPF, PhD1, 2011/12:III, 2009/10:III, 2008/09:III, 2007/08:II)
- Topics in Macroeconomics II (UPF, PhD2, 2009/10:II, 2008/09:II)
Topics in Macroeconomics (UPF, UG3, 2009/10:II, 2008/09:II)

Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics
- Advanced Applied Econometrics (OECD, practitioners, 2011:Jan, 2010:Nov-Dec)
- Topics in Applied Economics I
(UPF, second year Ph.D., 2008/09:I)
- Labor Economics (UPF, second year Ph.D., 2006/07:II)



Macro Seminar
Macro Workshop
Macro Reading Group

CREI / Universitat Pompeu Fabra
CREI Macroeconomics Seminar
CREI Macroeconomics Workshop (discontinued in 2008/09)
CREI Macro Faculty Lunch
CREI Macroeconomics Breakfast Student Workshop
UPF Labor/Public/Development Seminar
Labor/Public/Development Faculty Lunch and Student Workshop (formerly Applied Lunch Seminar)

European Workshop in Macroeconomics, London, 20-21 June 2013
CREI-CEPR Conference Understanding Jobless Recoveries, 17 Dec 2011
CREI-CEPR Workshop on Changes in Labor Market Dynamics, 5-6 Nov 2010
CREI-Kiel Conference on Macroeconomic Fluctuations and the Labor Market, 30-31 Oct 2009



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