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February 13, 2020

Are the savings of Dutch households optimal?


Dutch households (implicitly) have an unusual mix of assets. Particularly their high level of mortgage debts and pension entitlements stand out in an international context. In this paper we examine how Dutch household wealth compares to the theoretically optimum. In general we find that Dutch households do not  save too much. At retirement age, the median optimum assets are roughly the same as the median observed net assets of Dutch households. However  the differences between households can be substantial. in particular have more assets than is optimal according to the model. Their observed wealth remains constant or sometimes even increases after retirement.

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July 2, 2018

Frontier firms and followers in the Netherlands: estimating productivity and identifying the frontier


This study shows that constructing a large dataset, which sufficiently covers all firm sizes, is a prerequisite for studying the divergence hypothesis. We merge datasets of individual firm and employee data in the years 20062015 for the Netherlands, resulting in a representative sample of corporations. We find no evidence of diverging productivity between firms on the national frontier and laggard firms.

June 28, 2018

Koplopers en volgers: geen divergentie in Nederland

Publication (in Dutch only)

Deze CPB-Notitie geeft een overzicht van de bijdragen van kleine en grote bedrijven aan de productiviteitsgroei in Nederland.