Erik Plug
Research Fellow

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too h Plug Erik Plug is Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Erik is the current president of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE). He is also research fellow at Tinbergen Institute, Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS), and past president of the European Society of Population Economics (ESPE). His current research interests relate to family, education and labor economics. His work is published in among others American Economic Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Political Economy and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Erik received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Amsterdam in 1997.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2000.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10836  Adam S. Booij
Ferry Haan
Erik Plug
Can Gifted and Talented Education Raise the Academic Achievement of All High-Achieving Students?
9757  Adam S. Booij
Ferry Haan
Erik Plug
Enriching Students Pays Off: Evidence from an Individualized Gifted and Talented Program in Secondary Education
9382  Thomas Buser
Lydia Geijtenbeek
Erik Plug
Do Gays Shy Away from Competition? Do Lesbians Compete Too Much?
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Lydia Geijtenbeek
Erik Plug
Is There a Penalty for Becoming a Woman? Is There a Premium for Becoming a Man? Evidence from a Sample of Transsexual Workers
(forthcoming as "Is There a Penalty for Registered Women? Is There a Premium for Registered Men? Evidence from a Sample of Transsexual Workers" in: European Economic Review, 2018 )
9074  Erik Plug
Bas van der Klaauw
Lennart Ziegler
Do Parental Networks Pay Off? Linking Children's Labor-Market Outcomes to their Parents' Friends
(forthcoming in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics [revised version])
8609  Petter Lundborg
Erik Plug
Astrid Würtz Rasmussen
Fertility Effects on Female Labor Supply: IV Evidence from IVF Treatments
(published as "Can Women Have Children and a Career? IV Evidence from IVF Treatments" in: American Economic Review, June 2017, 107 (6), 1611-37)
8130  Thomas Buser
Hessel Oosterbeek
Erik Plug
Juan Ponce
José Rosero
The Impact of Positive and Negative Income Changes on the Height and Weight of Young Children
(published in: World Bank Economic Review, 2017, 31 (3), 786–808 [revised version])
7956  Edwin Leuven
Erik Plug
Marte Rønning
Education and Cancer Risk
(published in: Labour Economics, 2016, 43, 106-121)
6706  Monique de Haan
Erik Plug
José Rosero
Birth Order and Human Capital Development: Evidence from Ecuador
(published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2014, 49 (2), 359-392 [revised version] [journal version])
5772  Erik Plug
Dinand Webbink
Nicholas G. Martin
Sexual Orientation, Prejudice and Segregation
(published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2014, 32 (1), 123-159 [revised version] [journal version])
3630  Helena Holmlund
Mikael Lindahl
Erik Plug
The Causal Effect of Parent's Schooling on Children's Schooling: A Comparison of Estimation Methods
(published in: Journal of Economic Literature, 2011, 49 (3), 615-651, revised version available here)
3290  Erik Plug
Peter Berkhout
Sexual Orientation, Disclosure and Earnings
2416  Monique de Haan
Erik Plug
Estimates of the Effect of Parents’ Schooling on Children’s Schooling Using Censored and Uncensored Samples
(published as 'Estimating intergenerational schooling mobility on censored samples: consequences and remedies' in: Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2011, 26 (1), 151–166, [revised version] [journal version])
1739  Anders Björklund
Mikael Lindahl
Erik Plug
The Origins of Intergenerational Associations: Lessons from Swedish Adoption Data
(published in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2006, 121 (3), 999-1028)
1254  Gerrit Mueller
Erik Plug
Estimating the Effect of Personality on Male-Female Earnings
(published as 'Estimating the Effect of Personality on Male and Female Earnings ' in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2006, 60 (1), 3-22 [revised version] [journal version])
1194  Anders Björklund
Mikael Lindahl
Erik Plug
Intergenerational Effects in Sweden: What Can We Learn from Adoption Data?
653  Wim Groot
Henriette Maassen van den Brink
Erik Plug
Money for Health: The Compensating Variation of Cardiovascular Diseases
(published a 'Money for health: the equivalent variation of cardiovascular diseases' in: Health Economics, 2004, 13 (9), 859-872 [revised version] [journal version])
652  Erik Plug
How Do Parents Raise the Educational Attainment of Future Generations?
(published as 'Estimating the Effect of Mother's Schooling on Children's Schooling Using a Sample of Adoptees' in: American Economic Review, 2004, 94 (1), 358-368 [revised version] [journal version])
344  Erik Plug
Peter Berkhout
Effects of Sexual Preferences on Earnings in the Netherlands
(published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2004, 17 (1), 117-131, revised version available here)
247  Erik Plug
Wim P. Vijverberg
Schooling, Family Background, and Adoption: Is it Nature or is it Nurture?
(published in: Journal of Political Economy, 2003, 111 (3), 611-641 [revised version] [journal version])
246  Erik Plug
Wim P. Vijverberg
Schooling, Family Background, and Adoption: Does Family Income Matter?
(published as 'Does Family Income Matter for Schooling Outcomes? Using Adoptees as a Natural Experiment' in: Economic Journal, 2005, 115 (506), 879-906 [revised version] [journal version])