Wim P.M. Vijverberg
Position: Professor, Economics
Program: Economics
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8255
Office Hours: Tue 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh
Research Interests: Econometrics (panel, spatial, clustering, sample selection, sampling weights, data with skewed and fat tailed distributions), Labor Economics (labor supply, human capital, education, entrepreneurship, earnings risk), Development Economics (entrepreneurship, small enterprises)
Wim Vijverberg holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of specialty lie at the intersection of econometrics, labor economics, and development economics. He has published more than fifty articles in top-ranked general journals (Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, International Economic Review) and specialized journals (Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Journal of Public Economics). A great deal of Vijverberg’s work is “applied,” in that it uses econometric techniques to analyze and test theories.

An example of this is a recent large-scale multiyear survey project on the investment climate in rural areas in a number of developing countries, which investigated the effect of various community characteristics on enterprise performance and entrepreneurship with cutting-edge econometric techniques. But other work is less applied and more methodological. For example, recently Vijverberg has explored new econometric techniques that allow flexible degrees of skewness and kurtosis in multivariate regression and discrete choice models. Furthermore, long-standing topics of interest include the impact of earnings risk on earnings, analysis of schooling outcomes, tests for unobserved heterogeneity in panel and grouped data, and the econometric modeling of clustered sample data.
Courses Taught
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Panel Econometrics
  • Spatial Econometrics
  • Labor Economics I
  • Development Economics II
  • Research Methods and Writing in Economics
  • Wim Vijverberg and Chu-Ping Vijverberg. “Pregibit: a family of binary choice models.” Empirical Economics, May 2016, 50, 3, 901-932.
  • Justin van der Sluis, Mirjam van Praag, and Wim Vijverberg. “Entrepreneurship, Selection and Performance: A Meta-analysis of the Role of Education.” Journal of Economic Surveys, December 2008, 22:5, 795-841.
  • Erik Plug and Wim Vijverberg. “Does Family Income Matter for Schooling Outcomes? Using Adoption as a Natural Experiment.” Economic Journal, October 2005, 119, 879-906.
  • Erik Plug and Wim Vijverberg. “Schooling, Family Background, and Adoption: Is It Nature or Is It Nurture?” Journal of Political Economy, June 2003, 111:3, 611-641.
  • James Murdoch, Todd Sandler, and Wim Vijverberg. “The Participation Decision versus the Level of Participation in an Environmental Treaty: A Spatial Probit Analysis.” Journal of Public Economics, February 2003, 87:2, 337-362.
  • Wim Vijverberg. “Monte Carlo Evaluation of Multivariate Normal Probabilities.” Journal of Econometrics, January 1997, 76:1-2, 281-307.
  • Jacques van der Gaag and Wim Vijverberg. “A Switching Regression Model for Wage Determinants in the Public and Private Sectors of a Developing Country.” Review of Economics and Statistics, May 1988, 70:2, 244-252.