mw. dr. K. (Klarita) Gërxhani

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam
    T:  0205254113

Current position

Klarita Gërxhani is Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a research fellow of  the Amsterdam Institute for Social science Research (AISSR). At AISSR she is the (co) director of the programme group Institutions, Inequalities and Life Courses. Her research focuses on (inter alia) new institutionalism, economic sociology, labor markets, and informal economies. She conducts field research and experimental methods as well as applied theory. In 2011, Klarita was awarded an Aspasia grant (€ 200.000) for research on Changing Institutions: An Experimental Study of Micro-Level Mechanisms (project period: 2013-2016). 

Her work has appeared in journals such as Social Networks, European Sociological Review, Social Science Research, International Sociology, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Comparative Economics, Public Choice, Journal of Economic Psychology, Personnel Review, Feminist Economics and Social Indicators Research.


Klarita Gërxhani  graduated as an M.A. in Marketing at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana, Albania in 1996. After graduation, she worked as a researcher and research coordinator at the Albanian Center for Economic Research and later as a Marketing Specialist at the Albanian Social Marketing Association in Tirana.

In the period 1997-2001, she completed her PhD studies on "The Informal Sector in Transition: Tax Evasion in an Institutional Vacuum" at the Tinbergen Institute and the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam. 

From November 2001 to September 2005, she was affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) and the Amsterdam School for Social science Research(ASSR) at the University of Amsterdam as a Post-doc, studying institutions, social capital and network formation in the labor market.

Between 2004 and 2010 she was a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam and a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and the Amsterdam School for Social science Research. 

From September 2005 to September 2011, she was an Assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Netherlands.

In March 2005, Klarita won the VENI grant (€ 200.000) -an individual research grant (min. 3 year-period; covering full salary and research money)- awarded by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) as part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme.

  • 2013-2016 - Aspasia grant (€200.000, awarded in 2011):Changing Institutions: An Experimental Study of Micro-Level Mechanisms. This research project is based on her NWO-VIDI research proposal “CITEwomen: Changing Institutions”. This proposal was evaluated to be ‘fundable’ both by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the European Research Council for an ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant. 
  • 2005-2010 VENI grant (€200.000): individual research grant awarded by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project “Finding a Perfect Match: An Institutional Approach to Employers’ Choice of Recruitment Channels”.
  • 2003 European Public Choice Society 2003 Wicksell Prize (€1000): ‘for the best paper by a researcher below the age of 30’, at the European Public Choice Meetings, Aarhus, Denmark.

Ongoing supervision

  • 2013 - Co-supervisor of Drs. Jacqueline van Breemen on her PhD project “Changing Institutions: An Experimental Contribution”, University of Amsterdam
  • 2012 - Co-supervisor of Drs. Marii Paskov on her PhD project “Inequality and risk: Consequences for public support for collective welfare arrangements”, University of Amsterdam
  • 2011 - Co-supervisor of Drs. Martin Olsthoorn on his PhD project “An analysis of the employer-side drivers of precarious employment arrangements”, University of Amsterdam
  • 2010-2011 Supervisor of Dr. Maarten Berg, postdoctoral researcher on laboratory experiments in the project ‘Solidarity in the 21st century’ funded by Stichting Instituut Gak, the Netherlands

Completed supervision

  • 2009 - 2014 Co-supervisor of Drs. Valentina di Stasio on her PhD project “Variety of transitions–An institution-centered account of the role of educational credentials in influencing employers’ preferences over who gets the job”, University of Amsterdam. Valentina succesfully completed in January 2014. 

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