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Kristof De Witte is a professor (hoogleraar) at the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven, Belgium, and he holds the chair in ‘Effectiveness and Efficiency of Educational Innovations’ (bijzonder hoogleraar) at United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Kristof De Witte is further a Fellow member of the CESifo Network (Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Ifo Institute), and of the Finish VATT Institute for Economic Research. At KU Leuven he is program director of the ‘Master in Economic Education’, and founding member and director of the research group ‘Leuven Economics of Education Research’.


The research interests of Kristof De Witte comprise education economics, performance evaluation and political economy. His research is funded by various national and international organizations. He published his work in many leading academic journals including ‘American Sociological Review’, ‘The Economic Journal’, ‘Journal of Urban Economics’, ‘European Journal of Operational Research’, ‘Economics of Education Review’, and ‘European Journal of Political Economy’. To increase societal impact, he is actively disseminating his research output to Dutch field journals, policy journals and media. He is an associate editor for ‘International Transactions in Operational Research’, and former guest editor in three academic journals. De Witte received the ‘2020 Laureate of the Academy’ award from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (10,000 euro), two international prizes for his doctoral dissertation (Biennial "Edgard Milhaud" Prize of CIRIEC – 10,000 euro; Annual “Hans-Jürgen-Ewers-Prize”– 2,500 euro), four paper prizes, an award for his undergraduate thesis (2005 prize of the ‘Belgisch Instituut voor Openbare Financiën’ – 1500 euro), and an award at the end of secondary education. He spent academic visits at, among others, Columbia University, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and Aston University. He has more than 1624 citations on WoS. His Google Scholar citation page counts more than 4390 citations, an h-index of 38 and an i10-index of 62, while his Researchgate score amounts to 34.02.