Does managed competition constrain hospitals’ contract prices? Evidence from the Netherlands
In the Dutch health care system health insurers negotiate with hospitals about the pricing of hospital products in a managed competition framework. In this paper, we study these contract prices that became for the first time publicly available in 2016. The data show substantive price variation between hospitals for the same products, and within a hospital for the same product across insurers. →
Why do wages grow faster in urban areas? Sorting of high potentials matters
Complexities in the spatial scope of agglomeration economies
Optimal Taxation of Secondary Earners in the Netherlands: Has Equity Lost Ground?
The Netherlands witnessed major reforms in the taxation of (potential) secondary earners over the past decade. Using the inverse-optimal method of optimal taxation we recover the implicit social welfare weights of single- and dual-earner couples over time. The social welfare weights are grosso modo well-behaved before the reforms. →
Do paid teacher trainee programs lead to additional teachers in secondary education? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis
This paper evaluates the quantitative effects of two teacher traineeships that were implemented in the Netherlands to address shortages of fully qualified teachers in secondary education. Applying a fuzzy regression discontinuity design, we estimate the effects of being selected to participate in one of the traineeships. We find no significant local average treatment effects of being selected on the probabilities of enrolling into academic teacher training, obtaining a full teaching qualification, and on working in education, although the point estimates are positive for the first two outcome variables. →
Competition and pricing behavior in long term care markets: Evidence from the Market for Assistance in Daily Housekeeping Activities
Exploiting a rich data set on the Dutch market for assistance in daily housekeeping activities (ADHA), we find that larger providers obtain a higher price than do small providers. However, compared to other studies on market power in care markets this price difference is considered small to moderate. →
Effects of Unconventional Monetary Policy on European Corporate Credit
In this paper we investigate whether the targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTRO) and the asset purchase program (APP) led to lower interest rates on new corporate credit, and whether the signalling channel and the capital relief channel played any role in the transmission of these ECB policies. →
The effects of unconventional monetary policy in the euro area
Should CBA’s include a correction for the marginal excess burden of taxation?
Firm heterogeneity and exports in the Netherlands: Identifying export potential
According to the Melitz (2003) model, potential exporters have to be sufficiently productive to overcome the entry costs of foreign markets. Once firms pass this productivity threshold, they all export. However, empirical evidence indicates that a substantial share of high-productive firms do not export. →