Rolph van der Hoeven

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Rolph van der Hoeven
Rolph van der Hoeven
Rolph van der Hoeven
Born (1948-06-23) June 23, 1948 (age 70)
OccupationAuthor, editor, professor
LanguageDutch, English, German, French
ResidenceCollex Bossy, Switzerland
EducationPhD in Development economics
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
SubjectDevelopment economics
Notable awardsOfficer
Years active1974-Present

Rolph Eric van der Hoeven (born 23 June 1948) is emiritus professor on employment and development economics at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and was appointed in 2009 as a member of the Committee on Development Cooperation of the International Advisory Council (AIV) to the Dutch Government.[1] Dr. van der Hoeven is a member of the Board of Trustees of the KNCV Tuberculosis Fund.


Dr. van der Hoeven read econometrics at the University of Amsterdam where in 1969 he earned himself a BSc and followed it up with a MSc (Drs.) in 1974. He was awarded a PhD in development economics in 1987 when he defended his thesis Planning for Basic Needs in Kenya: A Basic Needs Simulation Model at the Free University of Amsterdam.


Dr. van der Hoeven has worked for over 30 years in various places in the world for UNICEF and International Labour Organization (ILO), where he was most recently manager of the Technical Secretariat of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, established by the International Labour Organization in Geneva. Having previously held positions in the Employment Strategy Department of the ILO and with UNICEF in New York, he is widely published on employment, poverty, inequality, and economic reform issues.

At the beginning of his career, he worked in Zambia and Ethiopia, highlighted the necessity for developing countries to emphasize the satisfaction of Basic Needs as a prime goal in Development Planning, and advised various countries (Zambia, Swasiland, Tanzania, Niger, Sierra Leone) on how to implement the Basic Needs approach.

In the 1980s following the introduction of structural adjustment programs by the World Bank and the IMF, Dr. van der Hoeven researched and advocated that employment and other social concerns should be taken into account in structural adjustment programs. He played a key role in the high-level meeting on structural adjustment and employment of the ILO in 1987 and joined in 1988 the team in UNICEF, under the leadership of Sir Richard Jolly that worked on Adjustment with a Human Face.[2]

In the early 1990s he returned to the ILO to manage the Interdepartmental Project on Structural Adjustment in the ILO.[3][4]

Since 2000 he warns of the globalization effects on income inequality and employment,[5][6] and became in 2002 the manager of the technical secretariat of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization.[7]

Dr. van der Hoeven has focused primarily on the functional inequality of income distribution between labor and capital, i.e. the share of gross domestic product received by workers and capital owners.

Dr. van der Hoeven appeals to politicians to use the power of macroeconomic policies to reduce inequality. He suggested a number of political solutions including counter-cyclical monetary and fiscal policy, stricter financial and bank regulation, progressive tax systems and strengthening social institutions like labor unions. These kinds of policies have led to a notable decline in inequality in Latin America. In light of this, Dr. van der Hoeven called for an inequality goal based on the Palma index of inequality to be included in the post-2015 development agenda (SDGs).[8]




  • Profits without labour benefits, The impact of financial globalization on work (2014)[9]
  • Millennium Development Goals in Turbulent Times: Emerging Challenges for POST-2015 MDGS[10]
  • with J vandemoortele Kenya – Stabilisation and Adjustment Policies and Programmes (Helsinki, WIDER, 1987).



  • van der Hoeven, Rolph (2014), "Priorities right?", in Stewart, Frances; Cornia, Giovanni A., Towards human development new approaches to macroeconomics and inequality, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, pp. 148–174, ISBN 9780198706083
  • with Anthony F. Shorrocks (2003). Perspectives on growth and poverty. United Nations University Press. ISBN 978-92-808-1091-2.[6]
  • with Richard Anker (1994). Poverty Monitoring: An International Concern. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-09589-5.
  • with International Labour Office; World Employment Programme (1988). Planning for basic needs: a soft option or a solid policy? : a basic needs simulation model applied to Kenya. Gower. ISBN 978-0-566-05680-2.
  • International Labour Office (1987). Rolph van der Hoeven; P. Richards, eds. World recession and global interdependence: effects on employment, poverty and policy formation in developing countries. International Labour Office. ISBN 978-92-2-105609-6.
  • with Mike Hopkins (1983). Basic needs in development planning. Gower. ISBN 978-0-566-00626-5.


  • Sustainable Development Goals and Income Inequality (Abingdon, Edward Elgar, 2017) (editor with P. van Bergeijk)
  • The Financial Crisis and Developing Countries . A Global Multilateral Perspective (Abingdon, Edward Elgar, 2011) (editor with P. van Bergeijk and Haan)
  • Employment,Inequality and Globalization : A continuous Concern (London, Routledge, 2011) (editor)
  • Growth, Inequality and Poverty (Oxford, Oxford University Press,2004) (editor with Anthony Shorrocks).[5]
  • Adjustment, Employment and Missing Institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (ILO, James Currey 1999) (editor with W. van der Geest).
  • Lessons from Privatization. Labour Issues in Developing and Transition Countries (ILO, 1997) (editor with G. Sziraczki).[11]
  • The Poverty Agenda: Trends and Policy Options (International Institute for Labour Studies, 1995) (editor with G. Rodgers).[12]
  • Structural Adjustment and Beyond (London, James Currey, 1994) (editor with F. van der Kraaij).[13]
  • Africa's Recovery in the 1990s: From Stagnation and Adjustment to Human Development: Policy Conflicts and Alternatives (London, Macmillan, 1992) (editor with A. Cornia and T. Mkandawire).


  1. ^ Minister of Foreign Affairs (2009). "Besluit van de Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken van 18 maart 2009 nr DJZ/BR/0064-2009". Staatscourant (66).
  2. ^ Editors introduction (1991). "Adjustment with a human face: Record and relevance". World Development. 19 (12).CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ van der Hoeven, Rolph; Taylor, Lance (2000). "Introduction: Structural adjustment, labour markets and employment: Some considerations for sensible people". Journal of Development Studies. 36 (4). doi:10.1080/00220380008422637.
  4. ^ van der Geest, Willem; van der Hoeven, Rolph (1999). Geest, Willem van der, and Rolph van der Hoeven. "Adjustment, Employment and Missing Institutions inAfrica: The Experience in Eastern and Southern Africa. oxford: International Labour Office (Geneva) in association with James Currey (Oxford).
  5. ^ a b Anthony Shorrocks; Rolph van der Hoeven (4 March 2004). Growth, Inequality, and Poverty: Prospects for Pro-poor Economic Development. OUP Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-926865-8.
  6. ^ a b van der Hoeven, Rolph; Shorrocks, Anthony (eds.). "Perspectives on Growth and Poverty". United Nations University-Education. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  7. ^ ILO. "World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization". World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  8. ^ Rolph van der Hoeven (5 Oct 2012). "Emerging Voices: Rolph van der Hoeven on a Global Social Contract to Follow the Millennium Development Goals". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  9. ^ van der Hoeven, Rolph. "Profits Without Labour Benefits". The Broker Online. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Millennium Development Goals in Turbulent Times". United Nations University-WIDER. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  11. ^ van der Hoeven, Rolph; Sziraczki, Gyorgy (eds.). "Lessons from Privatization". International Labor Organization. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  12. ^ Gerry Rodgers; Rolph van der Hoeven (1995). The Poverty Agenda: Trends and Policy Options. International Institute for Labour Studies. ISBN 978-92-9014-569-1.
  13. ^ Rolph van der Hoeven; Fred van der Kraaij (1995). Structural Adjustment and Beyond in Sub-Saharan Africa. Directorate General International Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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