Kristof De Witte is a tenured associate professor (hoofddocent) 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 Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research (TIER) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Kristof De Witte is further an affiliated member of the CESifo Network (Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Ifo Institute). At Maastricht University, he is chairman of the Program Committee of the MEBIT post-initial program for teachers. At KU Leuven he coordinates the higher secondary teacher training program (eerstegraads lerarenopleiding) in economics, and the research group ‘Leuven Economics of Education Research’. He is detached to the Dutch Ministry of Education as an expert for the ‘Review Commission Dutch Higher Education and Research’.
The research interests of Kristof De Witte comprise education economics, performance evaluation and early school leaving. He published his work in many international academic journals including ‘The Economic Journal’, ‘Journal of Urban Economics’, ‘European Journal of Operational Research’, ‘Economics of Education Research’, ‘European Journal of Political Economy’ and ‘Scientometrics’. He is actively disseminating his research output to Dutch field journals and policy journals. He is an associate editor for ‘International Transactions in Operational Research’, a member of the international advisory board of ‘International Journal of Productivity Management and Assessment Technology’, and external reviewer for the Dutch testing institute responsible for central exams CITO. De Witte received two international prizes for his doctoral dissertation (Biennial “Edgard Milhaud” Prize of CIRIEC – 10,000 euro; Annual “Hans-Jürgen-Ewers-Prize”– 2,500 euro), a paper prize (P&V for Research on Integration of Young People Excluded by Early School Leaving and Unemployment – 1500 euro), 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 more than 10 months abroad in academic visits at, among others, Columbia University, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and Aston University.