An important CPB research theme is: what role can the government play for a better functioning of markets?
The concept of 'market' is interpreted in a broad sense, so that also institutional questions concerning public services fall under this heading. Important research topics are: energy, Public and semi-public organisations and health care.
The set of instruments is diverse. Most studies make use of the theory of industrial economics and institutional economics. Because it is often problematic to make a full fledged econometric study, mostly by lack of adequate data, the empiricism is mostly limited to international comparisons, descriptive statistics, interviews and stylized facts. For some topics, such as energy, calibrated simulation models are used.
Conclusions are often based on a creative combination of different theoretical views, empirical sources and common sense. While in itself it is the strength of the research in this sector to work with these limited resources, it is at the same time its weakness, because conclusions cannot always be as strong as desired.
Most recent publications
Cheaper and More Haircuts After VAT Cut? Evidence From the Netherlands
We study the effect of the reduction in the VAT rate on services by hairdressers from 17.5 to 6 percent in the Netherlands in January 2000.
CPB Discussion Paper 368 | 22 November 2017
42 pages | pdf document, 1.7 MB
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The effect of geographical distance on online transactions: Evidence from the Netherlands
The rise of online trade alters the role of distance between (potential) buyers and sellers. We use data from eBay subsidiary Marktplaats.nl, one of the largest online trading platforms in the Netherlands, to estimate how distance affects the probability of a transaction between small geographical regions.
CPB Discussion Paper 362 | 3 October 2017
28 pages | pdf document, 2.1 MB
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The Elasticity of Taxable Income for the Self-Employed: Heterogeneity across Reforms and Income Levels
This paper studies the causal relation between effective marginal tax rates for the self-employed and their taxable income using panel data for the period 1999-2012. This period contains three tax reforms that we use to identify the elasticity of taxable income (ETI).
CPB Discussion Paper 354 | 16 June 2017
42 pages | pdf document, 2.6 MB
ISBN 978-90-5833-777-1 | Go to publication
Collateral Damage? Decreasing House Prices and Entrepreneurial Lending
We study the effect of housing collateral on entrepreneurial lending in the Netherlands. This residential collateral channel is especially relevant for sole proprietors for whom there is no legal distinction between the owner and the business.
CPB Discussion Paper 351 | 12 May 2017
50 pages | pdf document, 1.2 MB
ISBN 978-90-5833-773-3 | Go to publication
CPB Book 29 | 24 February 2017
80 pages | pdf document, 9.2 MB
ISBN 978-90-5833-763-4 | Go to publication