Jim Allen is since 1997 (senior) researcher at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) of the Department of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Maastricht (Netherlands). He is employed as senior researcher in the Education and Occupational Career Division of ROA. His research is primarily focused on the relation between higher education and the labour market, with extensive experience in this area both in the Netherlands (in particular the WO-Monitor and HBO-Monitor) and internationally (in particular the REFLEX project and its predecessor CHEERS). Since 2009 he has been involved in the PIAAC Project (Programme for the International Assessment for Adult Competencies). His current research focuses on the knowledge economy and the demand for 21st century skills, the role of key skills for well-functioning on the labour market, international comparisons in the transition from higher education to work, the effects of (higher) education on skills development, the effect of characteristics of the education and labour market system on labour market outcomes, skills mismatches and the acquisition and decline of skills over the life course.