Rudy Douven

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I am health economist and policy advisor at CPB, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis and Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). I have been a researcher at CPB since 1996, where I worked for the last fifteen years on health policy and reform. In my work I have often bridged the gap between research and policy; for example, I was responsible for the formal analysis of the proposed health policy measures by the political parties during the general elections in 2010, 2012 and 2017. I spearheaded the research that led in 2011 to make health insurers responsible for controlling the total level of health care expenditure. I also worked as an expert adviser for many official working groups, such as the Dutch Social Economic Council on long-term care in 2009, the official working group on reconsidering curative health care in 2010 and at the working group on mental illnesses in 2010 and efficiency in 2013. In 2013-2014, I was a Harkness Fellow at the Health Care and Policy Department of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

 I have published my work in the following peer-reviewed  international journals:

Health Affairs, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Health Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Control Engineering Practice, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, European Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics Policy and Law, International Journal of Game Theory, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, Economic Modelling, Biometrical Journal.

I have presented my work in many different countries. For a full list of my English and Dutch work, please visit my CV on the left.



May 27, 2020

Prices and market power in mental health care: Evidence from a major policy change in the Netherlands

In the Dutch health care system of managed competition, insurers and mental health providers negotiate on prices for mental health services. Contract prices are capped by a regulator who sets a maximum price for each...

September 10, 2019

Treatment responses of mental health care providers after a demand shock

This paper investigates how two different groups of Dutch mental health care providers responded to an exogenous 20% drop in the number of patients in 2012.

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August 19, 2019

Verbeteropties gemeentepolis

De gemeentepolis is een gemeentelijke collectieve zorgverzekering die bestaat uit een basis- en een aanvullende verzekering voor inwoners met een laag inkomen. Deze polis kent op dit moment een groot bereik, maar...

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April 25, 2019

Can your house keep you out of a nursing home?

We examine the impact of the accessibility of an older individual’s house on her use of nursing home care.

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March 15, 2019

Selection and moral hazard effects in healthcare

In the Netherlands, average healthcare expenditures of persons without a voluntary deductible are twice as high as average healthcare expenditures of persons with a voluntary deductible....