POP is a Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics, which joined UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance in Maastricht in 2016 as an independent economics research group.

Defined broadly POP covers research on global labour markets, demographic challenges and human resources in developed and developing countries. Within these areas POP focuses specifically on employment, development and migration.

POP generates high-quality and policy-relevant research and research-collaboration activities involving leading international scholars. Furthermore, it aims to provide evidence-based policy advice and to disseminate research results and the resulting implications for policy and society to the wider public.

POP at UNU-MERIT hosts the Journal of Population Economics, an international quarterly that publishes original theoretical and applied research in all areas of population economics.

Co-Directors of POP are Alessio J. G. Brown and Klaus F. Zimmermann, who direct a larger group of Affiliated Scholars.