Publications

June 8, 2015

More R&D with tax incentives? A meta-analysis

R&D tax incentives are widely used to stimulate private R&D. We review their effectiveness using meta regression analysis.

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June 1, 2015

The stimulative effect of an unconditional block grant on the decentralized provision of care

Understanding the impact of central government grants on decentralized health care provision is of crucial importance for the design of grant systems, yet empirical evidence on the prevalence of flypaper effects in this domain is rare.

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May 12, 2015

Melting Ice Caps and the Economic Impact of Opening the Northern Sea Route

A consequence of melting Arctic ice caps is the commercial viability of the Northern Sea Route, connecting North-East Asia with North-Western Europe.

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April 29, 2015

What drives cybercrime? Empirical evidence from DDoS attacks

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are a frequently occurring type of cybercrime, with potentially large costs to the real economy. We propose a simple model of the size and direction of DDoS attacks.

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April 29, 2015

The effect of schooling vouchers on higher education enrollment and completion of teachers: A regression discontinuity analysis

This paper investigates the effects of education vouchers for teachers. We study effects on enrollment and completion of higher education programs, and on the retention of teachers in the education sector.

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March 10, 2015

Estimating the Impact of Forced Sales on House Prices

We study the price effects of forced sales on the Dutch housing market. A forced sale may result in a lower transaction price because of e.g. suboptimal incentives for revenue maximization.

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February 26, 2015

Mismatch on the Dutch labour market in the Great Recession

The Great Recession has caused unemployment in the Netherlands to rise from 3.1% in 2008 to over 7% at the beginning of 2014. Structural imbalances caused by labour mismatch could be one of the explanations underlying this high rate.

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February 5, 2015

Fiscal policy and CO2 emissions of new passenger cars in the EU

To what extent have national fiscal policies contributed to the decarbonisation of newly sold passenger cars?

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January 23, 2015

Technological Uncertainty in Meeting Europe’s Decarbonisation Goals

In response to the challenge of managing the risks of a changing climate, there is no single optimal transition path for energy technology due to uncertainty in several dimensions.

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January 19, 2015

Does the teacher beat the test? The additional value of teacher assessment in predicting student ability

This research investigates to what extent subjective teacher assessment of children’s ability adds to the use of test scores in the explanation of children’s outcomes in the transition from elementary to secondary school.

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