First published in 1998, this collection of essays strongly advocates for increased flexibility in the Dutch labour market and questions current assumptions on the connections between education choices and ultimate employment outcomes. The volume responds to the glaring contradiction between the current mass unemployment in all European nations, both in urban and rural areas, affecting people of different levels of education (though primarily those of low-skills levels or ethnic backgrounds) and the idea that labour is the most important source of wealth. Its objective is to develop insights, ideas, and experiences concerning the possibilities for increasing the transparency of the labour market. The contributors recognise that the quality of labour has rapidly become the key factor in economic and social development.

part |18 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Investing in Education

ByHans Heijke, Lex Borghans

part One|77 pages


chapter 2|36 pages

Future Developments in the Job Level and Domain of High-skilled Workers

ByAndries de Grip, Lex Borghans, Wendy Smits

chapter 3|25 pages

The Return to Education

ByJaap de Koning

chapter 4|13 pages

Labour Market Forecasts and Choice of Education

ByDinand Webbink

part Two|97 pages


chapter 5|20 pages

A Job to Match your Education: Does it Matter?

ByJoop Hartog, Nicole Jonker

chapter 6|32 pages

Flexibility and Structure of the Dutch Labour Market

ByLex Borghans, Hans Heijke

chapter 7|43 pages

Asymmetric Skill Substitution, Labour Market Flexibility, and the Allocation of Qualifications

ByAdriaan van Zon, Joan Muysken, Huub Meijers

part Three|77 pages


chapter 8|25 pages

Curriculum Characteristics and Labour Market Perspectives

ByWim Nijhof

chapter 9|30 pages

Does Curriculum Matter? A Theoretical Clue to an Empirical Puzzle

ByArie Glebbeek, Sietske Waslander

chapter 10|19 pages

Education, Skills and Wages

ByHans Heijke, Mieke Koeslag, Rolf van der Velden