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Koen Caminada

Academic Director / Professor of Empirical Analysis of Tax and Social Policy

Name
Prof.dr. C.L.J. Caminada
Telephone
+31 71 527 7858
E-mail
c.l.j.caminada@law.leidenuniv.nl

Koen Caminada (1966) is Professor of Empirical Analysis of Tax and Social Policy at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is Academic Director of the Leiden Institute of Tax Law and Economics.

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Short bio

Koen Caminada (1966) is Professor of Empirical Analysis of Tax and Social Policy at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is Academic Director of the Leiden Institute of Tax Law and Economics.

His research interests include Empirical Analysis of Tax Law and Social Policy, Social Security, Fiscal and Tax Policy, Income Distribution and Poverty (EU and OECD). Caminada holds a PhD from Leiden University (1997), and studied Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1986-1992) and the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium (1991-1992).

He is director of the research program 'Reform of social security' at Leiden University. Caminada is a research fellow at Leiden Law School, and Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement. He is member of the board of Governors of the Foundation of International Studies on Social Security, member of the Dutch Tax Committee, and Academic Partner of CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis. Recently Caminada published papers in journals as the International Journal of Social Welfare, Journal of Common Market Studies, International Social Security Review, Poverty & Public Policy, Atlantic Economic Journal, Tax Notes International, International Advances in Economic Research, International Tax and Public Finance. 

Education

  • PhD, Leiden University (1997), thesis on Liability Progression and Tax Revenue Elasticy (in Dutch: De progressie van het belastingstelsel) 
  • Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (1986-1992) 
  • Courses on Advanced Public Finance and Advanced Monetary Economics, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium (1991-1992)  

Current positions

  • Professor of Empirical analysis of tax and social policy, Leiden University (2005-) 
  • Academic Director Leiden Institute of Tax Law and Economics (2014-) 
  • Co-director of research program Reform of social security financed by by GAK Foundation. Grant: 2.7 million Euro (2006-) 

Fellow

  • Research Fellow Leiden Law School, Leiden Unversity (2000-) 
  • Honorary Fellow, Institute for Research on Poverty, University Wisconsin - Madison, April – June 2009
  • Fellow Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar) (2013-) 
  • Academic Partner of CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis (2014) 

Research grants 

  • SNS Reaal Bank (1997-2003) 
  • Dutch Association of Insurers, Verbond van Verzekeraars (1999-2003) 
  • GAK Foundation (2004) 
  • Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (2004/2005) 
  • GAK Foundation (2005-) 
  • European Commission - competition FP7 (2011-2012) 
  • Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing and Retirement (2011-2014) 
  • Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing and Retirement (2014-2017). Medium Vision Grant  for project ‘Pension savings and consumption needs of current and future retirees’; with Rob Alessie (Groningen), Marike Knoef (Leiden), Arthur van Soest (Tilburg), Adriaan Kalwij (Utrecht), Kees Goudswaard (Leiden), Pierre-Carl (Michaud University of Québec, Montreal), Viola Angelini (Groningen), Jochem de Bresser (Groningen), Jim Been (Leiden), Raun van Ooijen (Groningen), and Eduard Suari Andreu (Groningen) 
  • Netspar Topicality Project Grant for project ‘Pension reform and income inequality among older people in 15 European countries’; with Marcel Lever. (2015) 

Visiting  professor

  • Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA, April-June 2009.
  • Xiamen University Tan Kah Kee College, Xiamen, China, December 2013.
  • School of Public Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China, November 2015 and May 2016.
  • Institute of Finance and Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai, China, May 2016.
  • School of Public Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China, May 2016.

Other

  • Member Dutch Income Tax and Benefits Committee ( Summary Interim report 2012; and Summary final report 2013)
  • Member of the board of editors Tijdschrift voor Openbare Financien (Dutch Journal of Public Finance) (2007-) 
  • Member of the board of the Foundation for Public Finance (Wim Drees Stichting) (2008-) 
  • Editor Department of Economics Research Memorandum, Leiden University (2000-) 
  • Referee (among others): International Tax and Public Finance, FinanzArchiv, Journal of Income Inequality, Public Finance and Management, Journal of Applied Economics, Politics & Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Poverty & Public Policy and Social Policy Administration, European Societies, Marmara Journal of European Studies, European Journal of Political Research
  • Member of the Program Committee for the 2011 and 2014 Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) 
  • Board of Governors of the Foundation of International Studies on Social Security (FISS) 
  • Invited Guest Lecture Series Xiamen University Tan Kah Kee College, (Income redistribution in 20 countries over time; Poverty and Poverty Reduction; Managing your own study and tips for studying abroad; Empirical Research Methods – Research Design), December 2013, Xiamen, China

PhD students

  •  2002-2008. Aldo Spanjer, ‘Structural and regulatory reform of the European natural gas market. Does the current approach secure the public service obligations?', Public defense: 17 December 2008. 
  • 2006-2011. Olaf van Vliet, 'Convergence and Europeanisation: The Political Economy of Social and Labour Market Policies', Public defense: 29 June 2011. 
  • 2012-2013. Mark Humprey-Jenner, ‘Establishing an Effective Dialog between Courts and Agencies’, Public defense: 16 April 2013. 
  • 2010-2015. Chen Wang, ‘Essays on trends in income distribution and redistribution in affluent countries and China’, Public defense: 19 February 2015. 
  • 2010-2015. J. Been, ‘Pensions, Retirement, and the Financial Position of the Elderly’, Public defense: 30 April 2015. 
  • 2011-2015. S. Thewissen, ‘Growing apart. The political economy of income inequality and social policy development in affluent countries’, Public defense: 29 September 2015. 
  • 2014-. L. Kools, working title: 'Pension adequacy: an empirical analysis of wellbeing and savings'. 
  • 2012-. Jinxian Wang, ‘Trends in social assistance, minimum income benefits and income polarization in an international perspective', accepted manuscript. 
  • 2007-. H. Nijboer, working title: 'Restructuring responsibilities in the Dutch social security system’. 

Refereeing (journals)

International Tax and Public Finance, International Journal of Social Welfare, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Journal of Income Inequality, Journal of Applied Economics, Politics & Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Poverty & Public Policy, Social Policy Administration, European Societies, European Journal of Political Research, European Journal of Political Research, FinanzArchiv, Public Finance and Management, Marmara Journal of European Studies, Journal of World Economy, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Social Policy, Policy & Politics, Dutch Journal of Political Economy

Datasets

Teaching

  • Empirical Research Methods in Law 
  • Seminar Economic Policy 
  • Public Sector Economics / Public Finance I  
  • Principles of Economics  
  • Public Economics / Public Finance II 
  • Thesis supervisor 

Personal data

•    Date of birth: December 24th, 1966 
•    Married, three children 
•    Home address: Hoornbruglaan 32, 2281 AW Rijswijk, The Netherlands  

My inspiration

Measuring the effects of tax rules and social policy is a tricky business, requiring a creative combination of science, craft and art. If done well, it produces both truth and beauty. The research on the empirical analysis of tax rules and social policy focuses on the effects and impact of government policy. Empirical research may, for example, determine the effects of changes in the social security system and old age pension schemes for several socio-economic groups, and the economic aspects of tax reforms. However, empirical findings may (not) be in line with the expectations of policy makers. Research should therefore examine tax policy and social rules critically. My inspiration is to motivate others – researchers, policy makers, students – to apply empirical work themselves.  

Recent presentations / themes 

  • Income inequality and income redistribution in 20 countries over time pdf; update in 47 countries over time (1967-2014) pdf
  • Dimensions of Global Income Inequality - Expertmeeting pdf
  • Failed Tax Reform: Rethinking Tax Policy Priorities (Workshop Political Economy, June 29th 2016) pdf
  • Taxing the Rich and Wealthy pdf 
  • Measuring retirement savings adequacy pdf 
  • Poverty and poverty reduction among children by T/B-systems in Europe pdf
  • Poverty and poverty reduction in OECD Countries pdf 
  • Unemployment benefit reform in 27 European countries pdf 

Academic Director / Professor of Empirical Analysis of Tax and Social Policy

Publications

  • Werkgroep Belastingherziening Sociaal-Economische Raad Lid
  • CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis CPB Academic Partner
  • Foundation of International Studies on Social Security (FISS) Board of Governors
  • Tijdschrift Politieke Economie Digitaal Lid Wetenschappelijke Adviesraad
  • Bisdom Rotterdam Lid Raad voor Economische Aangelegenheden en lid Financiële Commissie