Photographer: Gerard van Hees

dr. T. (Thijs) Bol

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: C6.09
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15508
    1001 NA  Amsterdam

I am Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and am the academic coordinator of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies. For up to date information about my research or publications, please go to

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  • Bol, T., Vaan, M. D., & van de Rijt, A. (2018). The Matthew effect in science funding. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1719557115 
  • Forster, A. G., & Bol, T. (2018). Vocational education and employment over the life course using a new measure of occupational specificity. Social Science Research, 70, 176-197. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2017.11.004 


  • Rüber, I. E., & Bol, T. (2017). Informal Learning and Labour Market Returns. Evidence from German Panel Data. European Sociological Review, 33(6), 765–778. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcx075  [details] 
  • Lancee, B., & Bol, T. (2017). The transferability of skills and degrees: Why the place of education affects immigrant earnings. Social Forces, 96(2), 691-716. DOI: 10.1093/sf/sox058  [details] 
  • Bol, T., & Rözer, J. (2017). Vakmanschap op de arbeidsmarkt: Een analyse van de arbeidsmarktuitkomsten van afgestudeerden uit het middelbaar beroepsonderwijs. Mens en Maatschappij, 92(3), 233-257. DOI: 10.5117/MEM2017.3.BOL  [details] 
  • Bol, T., & Drange, I. (2017). Occupational closure and wages in Norway. Acta Sociologica, 60(2), 134–157. DOI: 10.1177/0001699316659768  [details] 
  • DiPrete, T. A., Ciocca Eller, C., Bol, T., & van de Werfhorst, H. G. (2017). School-to-Work Linkages in the United States, Germany, and France. American Journal of Sociology, 122(6), 1869-1938. DOI: 10.1086/691327  [details] 
  • Stojmenovska, D., Bol, T., & Leopold, T. (2017). Does Diversity Pay? A Replication of Herring (2009). American Sociological Review, 82(4), 857–867. DOI: 10.1177/0003122417714422 


  • Bol, T., & Kalmijn, M. (2016). Grandparents’ resources and grandchildren’s schooling: Does grandparental involvement moderate the grandparent effect? Social Science Research, 55, 155-170. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.09.011  [details] 
  • Di Stasio, V., Bol, T., & van de Werfhorst, H. G. (2016). What makes education positional? Institutions, overeducation and the competition for jobs. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 43, 53-63. DOI: 10.1016/j.rssm.2015.09.005  [details] 
  • Forster, A. G., Bol, T., & van de Werfhorst, H. G. (2016). Vocational Education and Employment over the Life Cycle. Sociological Science, 3, 473-494. DOI: 10.15195/v3.a21  [details] 


  • Bol, T. (2015). Has education become more positional? Educational expansion and labour market outcomes, 1985-2007. Acta Sociologica, 58(2), 105-120. DOI: 10.1177/0001699315570918  [details] 
  • Bol, T., & Weeden, K. A. (2015). Occupational closure and wage inequality in Germany and the United Kingdom. European Sociological Review, 31(3), 354-369. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcu095  [details] 


  • Bol, T. (2014). Economic returns to occupational closure in the German skilled trades. Social Science Research, 46, 9-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2014.02.003  [details] 
  • Bol, T., Lancee, B., & Steijn, S. (2014). Income Inequality and Gambling: A panel study in the United States (1980-1997). Sociological Spectrum, 34(1), 61-75. DOI: 10.1080/02732173.2014.857196  [details] 
  • Bol, T., Witschge, J., van de Werfhorst, H. G., & Dronkers, J. (2014). Curricular Tracking and Central Examinations: Counterbalancing the Impact of Social Background on Student Achievement in 36 Countries. Social Forces, 92(4), 1545-1572. DOI: 10.1093/sf/sou003  [details] 


  • Bol, T., & van de Werfhorst, H. G. (2013). Educational systems and the trade-off between labor market allocation and equality of educational opportunity. Comparative Education Review, 57(2), 285-308. DOI: 10.1086/669122  [details] 


  • Bol, T. (2011). Onderwijsexpansie en onderwijs als positioneel goed. Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken, 27(4), 437-454. [details] 
  • Bol, T., & van de Werfhorst, H. G. (2011). Signals and closure by degrees: the education effect across 15 European countries. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 29(1), 119-132. DOI: 10.1016/j.rssm.2010.12.002  [details] 


  • Bol, T. (2009). Securing employees: Dutch employment protection in comparative perspective. Amsterdam Social Science, 1(2), 24-45. [details] 


  • Bol, T. (2017). Beroepen en loonongelijkheid in Nederland. In K. Chalova, & E. al (Eds.), Dynamiek op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt. De Focus op Ongelijkheid. Den Haag: CBS.



  • van der Meer, T. W. G., Bol, T., Bröer, C., Duits, L., & Schiffner, K. (2015). Rapport Inventarisatie Knelpunten Medewerkers & Studenten UvA. UvA.

Media appearance

  • de Beer, P. & Bol, T. (17-09-2018). De 6 problemen die niet aan bod komen op Prinsjesdag [Print]. De 6 problemen die niet aan bod komen op Prinsjesdag.
  • Bol, T. (01-03-2017). Ongelijkheid in het onderwijs [Web] Universiteit van Nederland/ (youtube). Ongelijkheid in het onderwijs.


  • Veerman, G. J. M. (2017). Ethnic school composition, school performance and classroom behaviour in Western societies [details] 
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