Business park Pernis with various factories

Climate policy hardly harms firms

Entrepreneurs seem to be adapting their business operations to climate policy. There is little to no evidence that climate policy has depressed the profit, productivity or turnover of an average industrial firm.

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A simulation of energy prices and corporate profits

High energy costs have little impact on corporate profits

Firms have absorbed the higher costs for gas and electricity with energy savings and price increases for customers. The higher energy prices are expected to lead to only a limited number of additional loss-making firms.

World Trade March 2023

World Trade Monitor

World merchandise trade increased with 1.5% in March 2023 compared to the previous month, following a decrease of 0.8% in February compared to January. World trade growth in the first quarter of 2023 stands at -0.9%, following a decline of 2.0% in the final quarter of last year.


Predicting Firm Exits with Machine Learning

In this paper, we use machine learning techniques to predict whether a company would have left the market in a world without corona. These predictions show that unhealthy companies applied for support less often than healthy companies. But we also show that the COVID-19 support has prevented most exits among unhealthy companies. This indicates that the corona support measures have had a negative impact on productivity growth.

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A look at the Dutch position in international student assessments

This study examines to what extent international student assessments are an accurate indicator of educational performance and concludes that various problems can influence the score and position of the Netherlands.


Getting off to a flying start?

Researchers who receive the Rubicon grant perform the same as comparable non-awarded applicants on a number of academic outcomes, such as the number of scientific publications and the citation score.

The transfer of a piggy bank

Wealth, gifts, and estate planning at the end of life

We show that gifts made to heirs before death are substantial and highly responsive to taxation. Therefore, characterising them and understanding their determinants is crucial for tax design. We use high-quality, intergenerationally-linked data on wealth, gifts, and medical expenses from the Netherlands.