Stefan Thewissen

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Ph.D. candidate at Leiden University and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford (website:

Address: Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES  Leiden, The Netherlands

Research interests:

  • Labour economics

  • Political economy

  • Welfare states and social policies

  • Income distribution


  • Ph.D. candidate in Economics, Leiden University (2011-2015)

  • Research Masters (MSc) in Public Administration and Organisational Sciences, Universities of Utrecht, Rotterdam, and Tilburg (2009-2011, cum laude)

  • BSc in Public Administration with additional courses in Law and Economics, Radboud University Nijmegen (2005-2009)

Relevant earlier work:

  • External consultant, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour, and Social Affairs, Paris, France (2013)

  • Intern, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour, and Social Affairs, Paris, France (2011)

  • Intern, Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER), The Hague, Netherlands (2008-2009)

  • Research assistant, Universities of Nijmegen and Utrecht, Netherlands (2008-2009, 2011)



S. Thewissen (2015), 'Growing apart: The comparative political economy of income inequality and social policy development in affluent countries', Ph.D. thesis, Leiden University

S. Thewissen and D. Rueda (2015), 'Technological change as a determinant of redistribution preferences', Department of Economics Research Memorandum 2015.01, Leiden University, 32 p.


S. Thewissen and O. van Vliet (2014), ‘Competing with the dragon: Employment and wage effects of Chinese trade competition in 17 sectors across 18 OECD countries’, LIS Working Paper Series 623.

S. Thewissen (2014), ‘Is it the income distribution or redistribution that affects growth?’, Socio-Economic Review 12(3): 545-571.


S. Thewissen, C. Wang, and O. van Vliet (2013), 'Sectoral trends in earnings inequality and employment: International trade, skill-biased technological change, or labour market institutions? ', LIS Working Paper Series 595.

S. Thewissen, O. van Vliet, and C. Wang (2013), 'Sectorale loonongelijkheid en werkgelegenheid in internationaal perspectief tussen 1985-2005', TPEdigitaal 7(3), pp. 139-160.

C. Wang, S. Thewissen, and O. van Vliet (2013), 'Leiden LIS sectoral income inequality dataset', posted at the website of Leiden University


S. Thewissen (2012), 'Is it the income distribution or redistribution that affects growth?', Department of Economics Research Memorandum 2012.01, Leiden University, 22 p.

H. Chung and S. Thewissen (2012), 'Falling back on old habits? A comparison of the social and unemployment crisis reactive policy strategies in Germany, the UK, and Sweden', in: Greve, B. (ed) The Times They Are Changing? Crisis and the Welfare State. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 23-39. Also published in Social Policy & Administration (2011) 45(4): 354-370.

Last Modified: 01-08-2016