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Government spending is almost half of the gross domestic product (GDP) and the government finances spending for a large part by taxation.

CPB studies government finance: how do government spening, government income, budget deficit and public debt develop? CPB publishes different forecasts on the short, middle and long term.

Decentral governments

Decentral governments play an important role in the provision of public services and with the intended decentralizations of social policies they will acquire important additional tasks. A recent note ('Decentralisaties in het sociaal domein', only in Dutch)  has documented various opportunities and risks of these decentralizations. On the request of the Ministries of the Interior and Finance as well as the Association of Dutch Municipalities, this topic will be further explored and expanded in the near future. An earlier study ('Fiscal decentralisation in the Netherlands: History, current practice and economic theory') explored the assignment of tasks between the central government, provinces and municipalities from a historic and economic-theoretic perspective.

Most recent publications

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.

CPB Discussion Paper 375 | 15 February 2018

60 pages | pdf document, 3.6 MB

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The effects of unconventional monetary policy in the euro area

How effective are unconventional monetary policies? Through which mechanisms do they work? This discussion paper contains a detailed presentation of the new scientific evidence we reported in the policy brief, and adds to the relatively scarce literature in this field.

CPB Discussion Paper 371 | 6 February 2018

36 pages | pdf document, 583 KB

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