Prof. dr. Ruud J. A. Muffels(MA economics, Tilburg) is professor of socio-economics (chair in labour market and social security ) at Tranzo, the Center for Care and Wellbeing and the Department of Sociology of Tilburg University. Before, he was Director of Reflect – a Research Institute on Flexicurity and Labour Market Dynamics at Tilburg University. He is also research fellow at NETSPAR, the network for research on ageing, and fellow at research institutes in Berlin (DIW) and Bonn (IZA). His research interests concern subjective wellbeing and health, labour market dynamics, inequality and poverty, ageing and pensions and comparative welfare state analysis. He has published more than 300 papers in a wide range of economic, sociological and interdisciplinary journals and in international academic volumes.


Labour market, social security, health and wellbeing, happiness, life satisfaction, inequality, poverty, pensions, welfare state comparison, basic income, participation income, panel data methodology


Labour market, inequality, social security economics, behavioural economics, welfare state comparison, research methodology



Helping students in understanding and researching important societal issues which make a difference to society; have a dialogue on these issues and improving students' skills for conducting sound research and arriving at research and evidence-based policy thinking.


Have build a sound record in scientific research in various academic fields. Acted as chairman of departments and as director of research institutes. Have a lot of experience in acquiring, conducting and collaborating in international comparative research for the European Commission, The European Science Foundation and international scientific organisations. Took positions in management boards, advisory committees, evaluation committees and being member of supervisory boards of various societal organisations. Acted as a consultant for Eurostat and the EC. Published more than 300 articles, chapters and books.

Recent publications

  1. Duurzame inzetbaarheid en sociale zekerheid

    Muffels, R., de Lange, A., & van Neure, S. (Accepted/In press). Duurzame inzetbaarheid en sociale zekerheid. In Duurzame inzetbaarheid: Interventies, best practices en integrale benaderingen Vakmedianet.
  2. Werk, welvaart en welbevinden

    Muffels, R. (2022). Werk, welvaart en welbevinden.
  3. Perspectieven voor interventies in de bijstand - Experimenten Partici…

    Edzes, A., Muffels, R., Zulkarnain, A., Jongen, E., Sanders, M., Verlaat, T., Betko, J., de Boer, H-W., Bolhaar, J., Gramberg, P., Groot, L., Rosenkranz, S., Rijnks, R. H., Spierings, N., & Venhorst, V. A. (2021). Perspectieven voor interventies in de bijstand: Experimenten Participatiewet. Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken, 37(3), 327-356.
  4. The social democratic agenda - The impact of Scandinavian social demo…

    Headey, B., & Muffels, R. J. A. (2021). The social democratic agenda: The impact of Scandinavian social democratic regimes on income equality, economic security, gender equality, levels and inequality of life satisfaction. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), The pope of happiness: A Festschrift for Ruut Veenhoven (Vol. 76). (Social Indicators Research Series). Springer Verlag.
  5. Dutch local trust experiments - Workfare or social Investment – what …

    Muffels, R. (2021). Dutch local trust experiments: Workfare or social Investment – what works better and why? In T. Laenen, B. Meuleman, A. Otto, F. Roosma, & W. van Lancker (Eds.), Leading social policy analysis from the front: Essays in honour of Wim van Oorschot (1 ed., Vol. 1192, pp. 151-168). Acco Press.

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