Prof. Dr. Kristof De Witte

Professorial Fellow

Kristof De Witte is a professor (hoogleraar) at the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven, Belgium, and he holds the chair in ‘Effectiveness and Efficiency of Educational Innovations’ (bijzonder hoogleraar) at United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Kristof De Witte is further a Fellow member of the CESifo Network (Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Ifo Institute), and of the Finish VATT Institute for Economic Research. At Maastricht University, he is chairman of the Program Committee of the MEBIT post-initial program for teachers. At KU Leuven he coordinates the higher secondary teacher training program (eerstegraads lerarenopleiding) in economics, and the research group ‘Leuven Economics of Education Research’.

The research interests of Kristof De Witte comprise education economics, performance evaluation and political economy. His research is funded by various national and international organizations. He published his work in many leading academic journals including ‘The Economic Journal’, ‘Journal of Urban Economics’, ‘European Journal of Operational Research’, ‘Economics of Education Review’, ‘European Journal of Political Economy’ and ‘Scientometrics’. He is actively disseminating his research output to Dutch field journals and policy journals. He is an associate editor for ‘International Transactions in Operational Research’, and external reviewer for the Dutch testing institute responsible for central exams CITO. De Witte received two international prizes for his doctoral dissertation (Biennial "Edgard Milhaud" Prize of CIRIEC – 10,000 euro; Annual “Hans-Jürgen-Ewers-Prize”– 2,500 euro), two paper prizes, an award for his undergraduate thesis (2005 prize of the ‘Belgisch Instituut voor Openbare Financiën’ – 1500 euro), and an award at the end of secondary education. He spent more than 10 months abroad in academic visits at, among others, Columbia University, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and Aston University. His Google Scholar citation page counts more than 2800 citations, an h-index of 33 and an i10-index of 55, while his Researchgate score amounts to 31.94.