Willem Adema


Willem Adema


Senior Economist, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs


Willem Adema is a Senior Economist in the OECD Social Policy Division. Working with colleagues across the OECD he was project manager of the OECD Gender Initiative leading up its final report Closing the Gender Gap Act Now released in December 2012 and the OECD Gender Data Portal. He also leads a team of analysts of Family and Children policies which prepared the Doing Better for Families publication released in April 2011 and continues to update the on-line OECD Family database, and its Child well-being module. He is also responsible for the OECD Social Expenditure database which was most recently updated in November 2012.

He has written extensively on a wide range of social and family policy issues and was editor of the first issue of Society at a Glance: OECD Social Indicators in 2001. Mr. Adema was project manager and editor of the OECD Babies and Bosses Reviews on the reconciliation of Work and Family Life as completed in 2007 and from late 2005 until early 2008, he was Head, Asian Social and Health Outreach working closely with the Joint OECD/Korea Policy centre. He was responsible for the OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Reviews of Chile (2009), Israel (2010) and Russia (2011).

Mr. Adema graduated from the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, and holds a doctorate from St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.