Stijn Baert was born in Lokeren, Belgium on 14 October 1983. In 2006, he became Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering, in 2008 Master of Science in Economics and in 2013 Doctor of Economic Sciences from Ghent University, Belgium. For his academic achievement in the Master of Science in Economic Sciences he received in 2008 the 'VDK Award'. Since August 2008 he has been working as a teaching assistant and a researcher at the Department of Social Economics at Ghent University. In addition, he is affiliated to University of Antwerp as a Guestprofessor, to Université catholique de Louvain as a Research Associate and to Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) as a Research Affiliate.
Stijn is involved in several courses in the fields of micro-economics and labour economics at Ghent University and University of Antwerp. In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 he was elected 'Best Teaching Assistant' by the Master students of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University.
His research is situated in the field of labour economics with a focus on the three fields of the Labour group at Ghent University: (i) micro-econometric policy evaluation applied to (active) labour market policies, (ii) transitions from school to work and the early labour market career and (iii) field and lab experiments applied to research on labour market discrimination. The latter research line was iniated by him during his doctoral research. He has published in core journals of the field of labour economics such as Labour Economics, Economics of Education Review, Industrial Relations and Industrial & Labor Relations Review. In 2012 and 2013, he worked as a visiting researcher at VU University Amsterdam and at Aarhus University respectively. For his (doctoral) research he received in 2013 the 'P&V Foundation Prize' and in 2014 both the 'Scientific Prize McKinsey & Company' and the 'Prize Charles Ullens'.
Stijn's research has been mentioned more than 150 times in Flemish media. For his efforts in science communication and popularisation, in 2015 he was awarded the 'Academy prize for science outreach' by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.
At Ghent University, Stijn Baert is a representative of the assistant academic staff in various committees and councils among which the Executive Board of the university. In 2016 he organises, together with Bart Cockx, the yearly conference of the European Association of Labour Economists, where he is a member of the Executive Committee. Lastly, since 2013 he has served as the president of the European Association of Young Economists in 2013.
E-mail: Stijn dot Baert at UGent dot be Office: Sint-Pietersplein 6, 110.005