Prof. Dr. Jo Ritzen


Professorial Fellow

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
8. Population, Development and Labour Economics

Jo Ritzen is professorial fellow in the International Economics of Science, Technology and Higher Education at UNU-MERIT and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.

He was previously Dutch Minister for Education and Science, then Vice President of the World Bank for Research and for Human Development, subsequently President of Maastricht University; edited a "Second Change for Europe" (English, German, Spanish) with analysis and policy proposals for a European future with more sustainability and less inequality; while presently engaged in analysis aimed at policy to address at the European level the discontents of globalisation.




Selected publications by Jo Ritzen


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Pérez-Moreno, Salvador, Elena Bárcena-Martín & Jo Ritzen, 2020, Institutional quality in the Euro area countries: any evidence of convergence?, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 28(3): 387-402, DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2020.1779044, More information
Volante, Louis, Francesca Borgonovi & Jo Ritzen, 2019, Global education rankings may overlook poor graduation rates, The Conversation, More information
Volante, Louis, John Jerrim, Jo Ritzen & Sylke Schnepf, 2019, This is how the way the world measures success in education is changing, World Economic Forum - Agenda Weekly, More information
Volante, Louis, John Jerrim & Jo Ritzen, 2019, High school dropouts cost countries a staggering amount of money, The Conversation, More information
Sasso, Simone & Jo Ritzen, 2019, Sectoral cognitive skills, R&D, and productivity: a cross-country cross-sector analysis, Education Economics, 27(1): 35-51, DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2018.1515309, More information
Ritzen, Jo, 2019, Happiness as a guide to labor market policy, IZA World of Labor(149), DOI: 10.15185/izawol.149.v2
Ritzen, Jo & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2018, Fading hope and the rise in inequality in the United States, Eurasian Business Review, 8(1): 1-12, DOI: 10.1007/s40821-016-0071-3, More information
Ritzen, Jo & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2018, Fading Hope and the Rise in Inequality in the United States, Eurasian Business Review, 8(1), DOI: 10.1007/s40821-016-0071-3, More information
Volante, Louis, Xavier Fazio & Jo Ritzen, 2017, The OECD and educational policy reform: International surveys, governance, and policy evidence, Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 184: 34-48, More information
Ritzen, Jo, 2016, University autonomy: Improving educational output, IZA World of Labor, March 2016
Volante, Louis & Jo Ritzen, 2016, The European Union, education governance, and international education surveys, Policy Futures in Education, 14(7): 988-1004
Ritzen, Jo, Caroline Wehner & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2016, Euroskepticism, Income Inequality and Financial Expectations, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 16(2): 539-576, DOI: 10.1515/bejeap-2015-0052, More information
Marconi, Gabriele & Jo Ritzen, 2015, Determinants of international university rankings scores, Journal of Applied Economics, 47: 6211-6227, DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2015.1068921, More information
Ritzen, Jo & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2014, A vibrant European labor market with full employment, IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 3
Hoareau, Cécile, Jo Ritzen & Gabriele Marconi, 2013, Higher education and economic innovation, a comparison of European countries, IZA Journal of European Labour Studies, December
Ritzen, Jo & Gabriele Marconi, 2012, Governance and funding reforms in Dutch higher education: past, present, and future, European Journal of Higher Education: 146-159
Ritzen, Jo & Gabriele Marconi, 2011, Internationalization in European higher education, International Journal of Innovation Science , 3: 83-100, DOI: 10.1260/1757-2223.3.2.83, More information


Book chapters
Ritzen, Jo, 2017, European Identity and the Learning Union, in: Ritzen, Jo (Ed.), A Second Chance for Europe: Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives of the European Union, Springer, Berlin and Heidelberg, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-57723-4, More information
Ritzen, Jo & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2017, A Vibrant European Model, in: Jo Ritzen (Ed.), A Second Chance for Europe. Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives of the European Union, Springer, Berlin and Heidelberg, More information
Ritzen, Jo & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2017, Halting Support for the EU, in: Jo Ritzen (Ed.), A Second Chance for Europe. Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives of the European Union, Springer, Berlin and Heidelberg, More information
Soete, Luc & Jo Ritzen, 2011, How to counteract the polarisation of the labour market, in: Policy Network, Priorities for a new political economy: Memos to the left, Policy Network, London, UK


Books (monograph or edited volume)
Ritzen, Jo (ed.), 2017, A Second Chance for Europe - Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives of the European Union, Springer, Germany, VII, 271, VII, 271 pp, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-57723-4, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Ritzen, Jo & Eleonora Nillesen, 2022, A chance for optimism: Engineering the break away from the downward spiral in trust and social cohesion or keeping the fish from disappearing, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2022-026
Verhoeven, Loesje & Jo Ritzen, 2022, Globalisation increased trust in northern and western Europe between 2002 and 2018, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2022-005
Paredes Chervellini, Luciano & Jo Ritzen, 2021, Simulating the impact of a raise in education salaries on economic growth in Peru, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-029
Navarrete Gallo, Pamela L. & Jo Ritzen, 2021, Do institutions and ideology matter for economic growth in Latin America in the first two decades of the 21st century?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-012
Ritzen, Jo, 2020, Once the great lockdown is lifted; Post COVID-19 options for the economy, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-057
Ritzen, Jo, 2020, Public universities, in search of enhanced funding, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-020
Ritzen, Jo, Javi Lopez, André Knottnerus, Salvador Pérez-Moreno, George Papandreou & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2020, Taking the challenge: A joint European policy response to the corona crisis to strengthen the public sector and restart a more sustainable and social Europe, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-015
Al Raee, Mueid, Denis de Crombrugghe & Jo Ritzen, 2019, No evidence of an oil curse: Natural resource abundance, capital formation and productivity, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-023
Ritzen, Jo, 2018, Making ideas work for society: University cooperation in knowledge transfer, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2018-042
Ritzen, Jo & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2018, Towards a European full employment policy , UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2018-018
Pérez-Moreno, Salvador, Elena Bárcena-Martín & Jo Ritzen, 2017, Institutional diversity in the Euro area: any evidence of convergence?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-047
Al Raee, Mueid, Jo Ritzen & Denis de Crombrugghe, 2017, Innovation policy & labour productivity growth: Education, research & development, government effectiveness and business policy, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-019
Ritzen, Jo & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2016, Fading hope and the rise in inequality in the United States, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-025
Ritzen, Jo, 2011, A renaissance for social mobility and its significance for the bridge towards postsecondary education, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-057
Ritzen, Jo & Luc Soete, 2011, Research, higher education and innovation: redesigning multi-level governance within Europe in a period of crisis, Published in Notre Europe as 'Research, higher education and innovation: Redesigning European governance in an period of crisis', UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-056


External working papers
Cathles, Alison & Jo Ritzen, 2017, Money Counts, But so Does Timing: Public Investment and Adult Competencies , IZA Discussion Paper No. 10565, More information
Sasso, Simone & Jo Ritzen, 2016, Sectoral Cognitive Skills, R&D, and Productivity: A Cross-Country Cross-Sector Analysis, IZA Discussion Paper 10457, More information
Ritzen, Jo, Caroline Wehner & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2014, Euroskepticism in the Crisis: More Mood than Economy, IZA Discussion Paper No. 8001
Ritzen, Jo, Gabriele Marconi & Simone Sasso, 2014, University Policy Needs To Beef Up For Europe To Be More Innovative, Empower European Universities, More information
Cramme, Olaf , Arian Meyer & Jo Ritzen, 2013, A New Promise for Europe. How the elections to the European Parliament can stop Eurosion, Policy Network Paper, London, 11 p
Ritzen, Jo & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2012, Fading Hope in the US, IZA Discussion Paper No. 6340


Research reports
Ritzen, Jo, 2016, In Europe we Trust, IZA Policy Paper No.112, More information
Ritzen, Jo, 2016, A Sustainable Euro Area with Exit Options, IZA Policy Paper No. 120, More information
Ritzen, Jo, Annemarie Neeleman & Pedro Teixeira, 2016, European Identity and the Learning Union, IZA Policy Paper No. 121, More information
Ritzen, Jo, 2015, European Universities during the Crisis: A Public Policy Perspective, IZA Policy Paper No. 107
Hoareau, Cécile, Jo Ritzen & Gabriele Marconi, 2012, The State of University Policy for Progress in Europe, Policy Report, 43 pages, More information


Conference contributions
Cathles, Alison & Jo Ritzen, 2016, Educational Investments and Adult Competencies, WUN Economics Workshop 2016, Maastricht University , More information


Briefs
Ritzen, Jo, 2015, Das griechische Drama: Es gibt klügere Alternativen als „Grexit“ oder rigorosen Sparzwang, Die Investitionsoffensive auf (ehemalige) Krisenländer konzentrieren und Auflagen der Eurozone in Hinblick auf Innovationen lockern, IZA Newsroom


Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Ritzen, Jo, 2016, Concluding speech, University Governance and EU Competitiveness, Thinking the Future, Congress University of Porto, Porto, 2016
Ritzen, Jo, 2016, The metamorphosis of university governance at the beginning of the 21st century, CEU Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education
Ritzen, Jo, 2016, Opening speech: Universities claiming their rightful place, WUN Presidents Forum 2016, Open Doors: European Opportunities in Research & Education, European Parliament, Brussels
Ritzen, Jo, 2016, Touchstone on universities and clever Australia, Higher Education Conference, Canberra Australia
Ritzen, Jo, 2016, Excellent Universities for an oil-independent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Universities defeating the Dutch disease, Golden Jubilee King Abdul Azziz University, Jeddah
Ritzen, Jo & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2016, The risk of Brexit: an opportunity for the EU?, Policy Network, Opinion piece, More information
Ritzen, Jo & Luc Soete, 2011, How to counteract the polarisation of the labour market, Policy Network, Opinion piece


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