Professor Isabelle Ferreras

Harvard Law School, Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program

Isabelle Ferreras is Tenured Fellow of the Belgian National Science Foundation (F.N.R.S., Brussels),  professor at the Université catholique de Louvain, and a senior research associate of the Labor and Worklife Program where she coordinates the WorklifeWizard/PayWizard research project. A sociologist (PhD, Louvain) and a political scientist (MSc, M.I.T.), she is also an alumna of the Harvard Trade Union Program (Class of 2005). Ferreras' research focuses on the multiple dimensions of work and labor in the context of the service-based capitalist democracy. She held research or teaching appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Department of Political Science at M.I.T., the Center for European Studies at Harvard, the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen, and the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Delmenhorst, Germany).

Isabelle Ferreras published "Critique politique du travail. Travailler à l'heure de la société des services" (Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2007/2010). Based on what Ferreras constructs as critical case in the context of the service-based economy – the case of supermarket check-out clerks, the book contribues an original sociological theory of work. It shows that as a social experience, work today is an 'expressive', 'public', and in fact deeply 'political' experience. Moreover, it shows that the normative content of this political experience relates to the democratic intuition. Ferreras wrote book chapters or papers which appeared at Cambridge University Press, Frommann-Holzboog (Stuttgart), Academia-Bruylant (Bruxelles), L'Harmattan (Paris) etc., Boston Review, Raisons pratiques (Paris), Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques (Louvain-la-Neuve) etc. She is currently working with Wage Indicator-collected data for a book tentatively titled "What Is Work?"


Professor Richard Freeman


Harvard University, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics
Paywizard Research Director


Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He is currently serving as Faculty Co-Chair of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. He is also director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, and visiting professor at the London School of Economics.



Irene van Beveren, ma


Freelance journalist, content coordinator and SEO consultant for Wage Indicator Foundation


Irene van Beveren (1960) was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She started as a free lance content manager for Wage Indicator Netherlands in 2005. In that role she lead the “VIP Checker” project. In 2007 Irene moved to Boston, to join the US Wage Indicator team. During that year she started to coordinate the search engine optimization (SEO) and online marketing for Wage Indicator International.

Irene has worked as a free lance journalist since 1987. From 2001 to 2004 she held a position as a senior editor for several (online) publications within Reed Business. In 2004 she wrote a book on Healthcare in Spain for that same publisher. Prior to Reed Elsevier she worked with the online news agencies YourNews and MoneyView. Irene holds a Master of Arts degree from Leiden University, Netherlands.


Paulien Osse

Founder and Director of the Wage Indicator Foundation

In 2000 Paulien Osse founded the Wage Indicator concept  --  giving people access to free, accurate wage date through salary checks via national websites all over the world --  in cooperation with professor dr. Kea Tijdens, Amsterdam Institute of Advanced labour Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Paulien started the first Wage Indicator in the Netherlands in 2000. In 2011 the Wage Indicator is operational in 70 countries on 5 continents.

Next to this Paulien teached hundreds of journalists in different countries in their research, writing and online skills outside the USA and Northwestern Europe. She set up and managed - the prize winning - web site for the Dutch Confederation of Trade Unions.

Paulien was Chairperson of the Dutch National Task Force Equal Pay from 2005-2007.

Paulien is journalist since 1982.
She studied history and Dutch literature at the University of Amsterdam.