Stijn Hoorens

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Office Director, RAND Europe Brussels, Senior Research Leader
Brussels Office


M.Sc. and B.Sc. in systems engineering, policy analysis, and management, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

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Stijn Hoorens is the director of RAND's Brussels Office and a senior research leader at RAND Europe. He has extensive experience in designing and leading policy studies at RAND for a range of international clients in the private and public sector. His research interests are broad, but most of his work has revolved around issues related to illicit markets, security, demographic issues, emerging technologies, employment and skills.

Prior to joining RAND, Hoorens held research positions at Delft University of Technology and at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). He received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in systems engineering, policy analysis, and management from Delft University of Technology.

Recent Projects

  • Development of a methodology to measure the market for illicit tobacco
  • Truth Decay in Europe
  • Nowcasting migration using big data
  • Foreign funding of Religious institutions in the Netherlands
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the experiment with legalised cannabis production in the Netherlands

Selected Publications

Retter, Lucia, Erik J. Frinking, Stijn Hoorens, Alice Lynch, Fook Nederveen, and William D. Phillips, Relationships between the economy and national security: Analysis and considerations for economic security policy in the Netherlands, RAND Corporation (RR-4287), 2020

Cristiano Codagnone, Giovanni Liva, Egidijus Barcevičius, Gianluca Misuraca, Luka Klimavičiūtė, Michele Benedetti, Irene Vanini, Giancarlo Vecchi, Emily Ryen Gloinson, Katherine Stewart, Stijn Hoorens, Salil Gunashekar, Assessing the impacts of digital government transformation in the EU, Publications Office of the European Union, 2020

Cloé Gendronneau, Arkadiusz Wiśniowski, Dilek Yildiz, Emilio Zagheni, Lee Fiorio, Yuan Hsiao, Martin Stepanek, Ingmar Weber, Guy Abel, Stijn Hoorens, Measuring Labour Mobility and Migration Using Big Data: Exploring the potential of social-media data for measuring EU mobility flows and stocks of EU movers, RAND Corporation (RR-3045-EC), 2019

Yerushalmi, Erez, Priscillia Hunt, Stijn Hoorens, Christophe Sauboin, and Richard Smith., ""Exploring the Use of a General Equilibrium Method to Assess the Value of a Malaria Vaccine: An Application to Ghana," MDM Policy & Practice, 4(2), 2019

Kristy Kruithof, Judith Aldridge, David Décary Hétu, Megan Sim, Elma Dujso, Stijn Hoorens, Internet-facilitated drugs trade: An analysis of the size, scope and the role of the Netherlands, RAND Corporation (RR-1607), 2016

Stijn Hoorens et al., Low fertility in Europe: Is there still reason to worry?RAND (MG-1080), 2011

Beau Kilmer and Stijn Hoorens (eds), Understanding illicit drug markets, supply-reduction efforts, and drug-related crime in the European Union, RAND (TR-755), 2010

MP Connolly, S Hoorens, GM Chambers, "The costs and consequences of assisted reproductive technology: an economic perspective," Human Reproduction Update, 16(6), 2010

Honors & Awards

  • RAND President's Award 2008, RAND Corporation


Dutch; German

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC Five Live; France24; Trouw; VPRO De Ochtenden

Commentary: Bureau of European Policy Advisors Monthly Bulletin; Christian Science Monitor; CNN; E!Sharp; EurActiv; European Voice


  • Illustration of a woman sitting inside a glass dome surrounded by people screaming in megaphones, illustration by Feodora Chiosea/Getty Images

    'Truth Decay' in Europe Is Real, but Its Advance Can Be Slowed

    Though present in Europe, the evidence suggests that trends of Truth Decay are not as widespread or as pronounced as they are in the United States. There is still time for policymakers to intervene and limit their growth.

    May 17, 2022 Encompass

  • Marijuana in a jar, photo by MmeEmil/Getty Images

    Green Light for Cannabis Legalisation in Germany Is Not a Clear-Cut Decision

    The new “traffic light” coalition in Germany recently agreed to regulate the sale of cannabis to adults for recreational purposes in licensed shops. International experience has shown that great care is needed in how cannabis policy is shaped.

    Dec 6, 2021 Der Tagesspiegel

  • A man attends the “2020, The Year of 5G for Europe” conference at the the Huawei Cyber Security Transparency Centre in Brussels, Belgium, January 16, 2020, photo by Yves Herman/Reuters

    The Coronavirus Puts a Spotlight on a National Security Supply Crisis

    During emergencies, it can be crucial for governments to maintain an uninterrupted supply of essential goods and services. As the world faces an unprecedented demand for supplies and services to tackle the pandemic, it may be important for governments to take stock of the national security risks that could accompany their choice of vendor.

    Jul 27, 2020 The National Interest

  • Person reading news on a phone and a tablet

    People—Not the Tech Companies—Will Ultimately Stop Disinformation in Europe

    Authorities can continue to seek to punish the tech companies for the circulation of false articles. But this is unlikely to make a difference until more people take the time and acquire the skills to distinguish between fact and fiction.

    Apr 9, 2018 E!Sharp

  • A man walks past the European Commission headquarters on which is displayed a banner celebrating 60 years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome, Brussels, Belgium, March 20, 2017

    Sixty Years Later European Integration Has Benefited EU Countries

    Sixty years after the Treaty of Rome, the EU is facing one of its most challenging periods. Closer ties and shared values across EU member states have provided social and economic benefits but any moves towards closer integration in Europe will fail to materialize in the absence of political will.

    Mar 28, 2017 U.S. News & World Report

  • A marijuana joint on a coffeeshop table in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The Future of Cannabis in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands should proceed cautiously in implementing any marijuana regulations, taking into account the models devised elsewhere and remembering that once enacted the rules will be difficult to change.

    Feb 1, 2017 Volkskrant

  • Metal tooth wheel mechanism concept of inequality and equality

    Curbing Globalisation Won't Halt the Rise of Inequality

    Globalization may be one of many factors driving inequality. But ending trade agreements and throwing up trade barriers is unlikely to stop this trend.

    Dec 14, 2016 E!Sharp

  • A man counting pills on his laptop

    Dark Web Likely Isn't Fuelling International Drug Sales

    Vendors in the Netherlands have developed a fairly successful international trade of ecstasy-type drugs and stimulants from online markets, but it appears that most countries are selling illicit drugs within their own borders.

    Sep 19, 2016 VentureBeat

  • A street memorial outside the Maelbeek subway station following Tuesday's bombings in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2016

    What It Was Like Being in Brussels During the Terrorist Attacks

    Bearing witness to a terrorist attack was a startling and surreal experience, one that tragically drove home the need for an expanded knowledge base on terrorism and radicalization.

    Mar 28, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

  • First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans addresses the European Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs at the EU Parliament in Brussels, October 7, 2014

    'Better Regulation': Why Timmermans Should Go Beyond the Regulatory Scrutiny Board

    Promoting the 'Better Regulation' agenda in the EU could be given a real boost by turning the proposed Regulatory Scrutiny Board into an impartial evidence and scrutiny centre, putting high-quality and objective impact assessment at the heart of the legislative process.

    May 27, 2015 EurActiv

  • London commuters

    Seven Chances to Meet Europe's Employment Targets

    The EU will fail to meet the Europe 2020 Strategy target of having 75 percent of people between the ages of 20 and 64 in work unless enough women are encouraged to enter, or remain in, the workforce. Here are seven factors the new EU Commissioners responsible for gender equality and employment must address.

    Oct 30, 2014 European Voice online

  • A European flag superimposed over euro banknotes

    The Not-So-Full-Monti: Will More 'Europe' Lead to More Trade in the Internal Market?

    Even though the internal market for goods is at a relatively advanced stage, there remains an untapped potential in the longer term. More than 20 years after the establishment of the internal market, barriers and regulatory obstacles continue to hinder the free movement of goods in the EU.

    Oct 28, 2014 E!Sharp

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    Happy 80th Birthday, 'GDP' Is It Not Time to Retire?

    While there are merits to using GDP, it is clear that it fails to measure several important potential externalities to economic growth, such as environmental damage, poor working conditions, or violations of privacy rights.

    Feb 6, 2014 E!Sharp

  • Commuters walking across London Bridge

    A Long-Term View for the EU: The Health of Nations

    By shifting the strategic focus beyond growth and jobs, the successor of the current Europe 2020 Strategy should aim to invest in human capital and avoid sluggish productivity growth achieved at the expense of social inclusion, public health, education and skills, security or freedom.

    Dec 18, 2013 The RAND Blog

  • Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park

    Could Britain See a Baby Boom?

    The royal birth comes at a time when fertility in Britain is increasing after decades of decline. Today, the U.K.'s total fertility rate, a proxy for the average number of children per women in a given year, is the third highest in Europe behind only France and Ireland.

    Jul 31, 2013 CNN

  • Vasco de Gama Bridge, Lisbon

    The Value of Uncertainty: Assessing Global Societal Trends

    When planning for the future, we should understand that the capacity to predict the future is rather limited and poor. Rather, an ability to anticipate plausible trends and their potential consequences is more realistic, writes Stijn Hoorens.

    May 9, 2013 Bureau of European Policy Advisors Monthly Bulletin

  • U.S. Army medical researchers take part in World Malaria Day 2010, Kisumu, Kenya April 25, 2010

    The Economic Promise of Malaria Reduction

    Better understanding of how malaria reduction affects different households, regions, and economic sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa could allow policymakers to assess alternative intervention strategies and allocate resources more efficiently and effectively.

    Apr 24, 2013 The RAND Blog

  • The Costs of Counterfeiting

    A new RAND report points to a potential solution to understanding the real economic losses associated with intellectual property infringement.

    Nov 28, 2012 The RAND Blog

  • Consequences of a Graying World

    Consequences of a Graying World, in Christian Science Monitor.

    Jun 29, 2007 Christian Science Monitor