François Rycx is Professor of Economics at the ULB, where he is affiliated to CEBRIG and DULBEA. He is also visiting professor at the Louvain School of Economics (UCL) and at the University of Mons (UMONS). He has a PhD in economics from ULB.

His research is in the area of labour economics and industrial relations.

He has advised various organisations including ECB, Eurofound, ETUI, NBB, European Commission and the OECD.

He co-edited 17 books and special issues of scientific journals, and published 64 articles in international scientific journals, 41 articles in Belgian scientific journals and 12 articles in books.


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  • Director of the Doctoral School in Management Sciences, SBS-EM, Université libre de Bruxelles. Since September 2017.
  • President of the Faculty Commission on Doctoral Degrees. Since March 2018.
  • Academic Secretary of the SBS-EM, Université Libre de Bruxelles. September 2011 – January 2018.
  • President of thesis juries, Section of Economic Sciences, SBS-EM, Université Libre de Bruxelles. September 2005 – September 2017.
  • Co-director, Department of Human Resources, Organization and Labor Economics, Centre Emile Bernheim de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Gestion (CEBRIG), ULB. Since September 2014.
  • Co-director, ETE team (Economie du Travail et de l’Emploi), Department of Applied Economics (DULBEA), ULB. September 2001 – December 2016.
  • Representative of the academic body to the Scientific Evaluation Commission, SBS-EM, ULB. December 2011.
  • Vice-President of the Institute of Labour Sciences, SOCO, Université Libre de Bruxelles. September 2009 – September 2010.

External positions with other institutions:

  • Co-opted Member, Conseil central de l’économie (CCE), Belgium. Since 2020.
  • Corresponding Member, Institute of Economic and Social Research (IRES), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Since 2015.
  • Fellow, Global Labor Organization (GLO), Essen, Germany. Since 2017
  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany. Since 2005.
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Societal and Territorial Issues (Soci&ter), Université de Mons, Belgium. Since 2015.


Member of Working Groups:

  • Member of Working group on skills and skills mismatch (PIAAC Project), OCDE, 2015-2019.
  • Member of Household Finance and Consumption Network, Banque centrale européenne (BCE), 2013-2019.
  • Member of Wage Dynamics Network, Banque centrale européenne (BCE), 2007-2010 & 2015-2019.
  • Member of Working group on the European Jobs Monitor, Eurofound, Union européenne (UE), 2016-2017.
  • Member of Mission Team and Expert, OECD Economic Survey of Belgium, OCDE, 2016-2017.
  • Expert, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound, Dublin), working group on the European Jobs Monitor (EJM), 2016.
  • Member of Personnel Economics Working Group, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Etats-Unis, 2004-2012.


Invited professor & researcher:

  • Subsequently visiting professor (2020-2022) and part-time professor (0,1 ETP, since 2022), FWEG, Université de Mons (UMONS), Belgium.
  • Visiting professor (2017-2019, and since 2022), Department of Economics, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium.
  • Visiting researcher at the National Bank of Belgium (NBB), 2007-2008 & 2009-2010.


Many research grants obtained from:

  • BELSPO, FNRS, Fondation Roi Baudouin, OECD, European Central Bank, European Commission, National Bureau of Economic Research (USA), European Trade Union Institute, National Bank of Belgium, Walloon Region, etc. (for more details, see CV on my homepage).
  • “Economie du travail” – Theory 24h, ECON-S-2002, BA3 SBS-EM and MA2 Philosoc, Université Libre de Bruxelles. Approximately 450 students. Since February 2003.
  • “Séminaire d’économie appliquée” – Theory 24h, ECON-S-306, BA3, SBS-EM. Approximately 60 students. Since February 2003.
  • “Economie du travail” – Theory 24h, ECON-D-439, MA1 Philosoc (horaire décalé, Charleroi). Approximately 60 students. Since September 2015.
  • Applied Econometrics – Theory 24h, Doctoral School in Management Sciences (SBS-EM, ULg, UMH), ULB. Approximately 25 students. Since September 2002.


Other courses taught previously at the ULB:

  • « The Political Economy of European Integration, Economie politique générale, Microéconométrie appliquée au marché du travail, Economie des ressources humaine, Relations collectives de travail. »






Statistics relative to his research output (as of August 2022) :

  • 17 books and special issues of scientific journals , 64 articles in international scientific journals, 41 articles in Belgian scientific journals and 12 articles in books.
  • SBS-EM ranking: 301 points, including 14 top publications.
  • Google Scholar: 3,219 citations, h-index 32, i-10 index 56.
  • Ideas/RePEc ranking: among top 5% (rank 40 out of 982 authors) best-ranked economists in Belgium when considering all publication years, among top 3% best-ranked economists in the European Union and in Europe, among top 4% authors according to h-index.


Supervision of PhDs:

  • Supervision of 18 PhD students (13 defended and 5 ongoing).


Advisory Board – Selection Committees:

  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Manpower (IJM). Since 2008.
  • Member of the Selection Committee for the recruitment of a Professor of Applied Economics at the Centre d’étude de l’emploi et du travail (CEET, CNAM), Paris, France, 2021.
  • Co-Editor of the Brussels Economic Review, 2011-2017.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Brussels Economic Review, 2003-2010.