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Projections September 2021

Strong recovery of the Dutch economy, but coronavirus-related uncertainty remains.

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The Future of Work

CPB Lecture 2021

Which jobs have disappeared and which job have emerged, and how will this continue into the future? Who are the winners and who are the losers? And what are the policy challenges? These questions played a key role in the CPB Lecture 2021 of David Autor (MIT). On this page you can watch the presentations and download the slides.

World Trade July 2021

World trade is declining

The world trade volume decreased 0.9% in July 2021, compared to June, when trade growth was 0.7%. With this decrease, world trade momentum has become negative with -0.4% for the first time since the trade bounced back since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

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Optimal capital ratios for banks in the euro area

Capital buffers help banks to absorb financial shocks. This reduces the risk of a banking crisis. However, on the other hand capital requirements for banks can also lead to social costs, as rising financing costs can lead to higher interest rates for customers. In this research we make an exploratory analysis of the costs and benefits of capital buffers for groups of European countries.

When financials get tough, life gets rough?

When financials get tough, life gets rough?

In this paper, we investigate whether individuals obtaining problematic debts are more likely to use mental healthcare or social guidance and/or financial help, and whether they have higher mental healthcare costs.

Elderly on a Dutch Boulevard

Completing Dutch pension reform

Recently, the government and the social partners in the Netherlands agreed on how to reform the scheme of occupational pensions in the coming years. In June 2019 they agreed on the main principles of reform, in June 2020 they elaborated these principles in more detail.

A family in the Netherlands

The Child Penalty

We find that while child care availability is correlated with lower child penalty, the immediate short-term causal effect of increasing child care availability on the earnings penalty of becoming a mother is small. By taking advantage of variation in gender norms in different population groups, we show that gender norms are strongly correlated with child penalty for mothers.