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Marike Knoef

Professor Empirical Microeconomics

Prof.dr. M.G. Knoef
+31 71 527 4856

Marike Knoef is Professor of Empirical Micro-Economics at the Department of Economics.

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Full CV can be downloaded here


Main positions

  • Professor of Empirical Microeconomics (2018-)
  • Director Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar) (2020-)

  • Crown member Social and Economic Council 

  • Coordinator of the research programme Reform of Social Legislation and member of the Research Board E.M. Meijers Instituut (2019-)

Main other positions

  • Member commission Parameters, chaired by Femke de Vries (2022)
  • Member commission on financial capacity of citizens, chaired by Henk Don (2020-2021)
  • Chair ODISSEI Data Collection Committee (2020-)
  • Member of scientific committee that provides advice to the Dutch government and social partners on the detailing of the pension agreement of June 2019 (2019-2020)
  • Expert in the working group ‘Information & Communication’ in the detailing of the pension agreement of June 2019 (2019-2020)
  • Member of committee parameters, chaired by Jeroen Dijsselbloem (2019) 
  • Member of committee parameters, re-assessing parameters and the current method to determine the risk-free term structure that is used in the Netherlands to value pension liabilities (2019)
  • Visiting lecturer Nyenrode Business University (2019-)
  • Member of the Leiden University Fund Committee for Academic Expenditure (2018-)
  • Visiting lecturer Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance, executive programme “Certified Pension Executive” (2017-)
  • Visiting lecturer Science Works. Policy research and evaluation (2016-2017)
  • Visiting lecturer TIAS School for Business and Society. Masterclass pension innovation (2015-)
  • Social and Economic Council, co-author advisory report on the future of the Dutch pension system, 2 days a week (July 2014 - January 2015) 
  • Researcher CentERdata (2006-2012) 


  • Scientific committee member European Association of Labour Economists conference 2019
  • Nominated for Huibregtsen Prize 2018. The Huibregtsen Prize is intended for a scientifically innovative research project that offers a social application
  • World Cultural Council special recognition award: distinction for leading scientists (2017)
  • Scientific organiser Netspar International Pension Workshop 2015-2020
  • Advisor project “Effect child subsidies on household expenditures”, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (2018)
  • Scientific committee ‘Gender Gaps in the Labor Market’ conference 2016, Warsaw, Poland
  • Member think tank ‘Long systems: pensions, health care, labour market, social security and education’, De Argumentenfabriek (by Frank Kalshoven)
  • Scientific committee member European Society for Population Economics conference 2015
  • Research fellow Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) (2015-)
  • Scientific committee Dutch Economists Day 2014
  • Member of the client board of Statistics Netherlands (2014-)
  • Leiden Congress Ambassador (2013-)
  • Board member Dutch Institute for Social Security, (2008-2018)

Selected refereed publications


  • Gemeente Rotterdam, The effects of debt cancellation (2020)
  • ZonMW, Reintegration in BOLD cities II (2020)
  • National Pension Hub Grant, Global Risk Institute, “Optimal pension design for heterogeneous individuals with behavioral biases” (2019)
  • Netspar topicality grant ‘Willingness to pay for flexibility in pension arrangements for the self-employed’ (2019)
  • Netspar topicality grant ‘Design of freedom of choice and customized products in pension arrangements’ (2017)
  • Pensioenlab en Netspar grant ‘Pension awareness of young adults’ (2017)
  • ZonMw grant ‘Big data and work reintegration’ (2016)
  • Instituut Gak grant ‘Self-sufficiency and social protection’ (2016)
  • Netspar large vision grant ‘Uncertainty over the life cycle: implications for pensions and saving behaviour’ (2016)
  • Netspar topicality grant ‘What is an adequate pension’ (2016)

  • Pension and consumption expectations, Autoriteit Financiële Markten (2014)

  • Netspar topicality grant ‘Pensioeninkomens in internationaal perspectief’ (2014)
  • Netspar/NWO large vision grant 'Pension savings and consumption needs of current and future retirees' (2013)
  • Netspar topicality grant 'Pensioeninkomens, consumptiebehoeften en ouderenzorg' (2013)
  • Netspar topicality grant 'Pension reforms and the financial well-being of Dutch elderly households' (2011)


Media video

September 2022

The purchasing power of the elderly, Meldpunt   

August 2022

 NPO radio 1, Spraakmaker in the radio program “Spraakmakers”, about the Dutch pension reform 

July 2022

NPO radio 1, Stand.nl, about the indexation of pensions  

May 2022

Tweede Hans: de pensioenpodcast #2: Het appeltje voor de dorst, Maxvandaag

April 2022
Inflatie: mensen passen hun gedrag aan. NOS journaal 7 april 2022 
Inflatie flink gestegen. NOS journaal 1 april 2022

February 2022 

Broadcast Pensioen Pro Live, discussion about risk attitudes of pension participants  

September 2021
Vrouwen krijgen gemiddeld 40 procent minder pensioen, NOS journaal 29 september 2021

April 2021
NOS journaal “Paying for your savings: is that really strange?”
NOS artikel

January 2021
NOS radio, about the financial position of pension funds

June 2020
Youtube.com "Uncertainty in the new Dutch pension contracts "

May 2020
BNR nieuwsradio “A new sustainable pension system”

January 2020       
Radio EenVandaag, about doing the work of two people

November 2019    
NOS journaal (Dutch public news programme), about abolishment (or delay) of pension cuts

November 2019     
Radio EenVandaag, about heavy jobs and the retirement age 

August 2019   
Nieuwsuur, about retirement decisions

August 2019   
Hollandse zaken, about the pension system 

July 2019     
NOS journaal (Dutch public news programme) "Pension funds have to cut pensions, but why?"

June 2019     
NPO De Dag "Is een AOW genoeg om van rond te komen"

April 2019     
BNR Newsradio, Fiscaal aantrekkelijk pensioensparen

Nov 2018       
BNR Newsradio, Pensions system
Contribution Pensioen3daagse

Oct 2018        
“Dromen over een goed pensioen; origami en datascience”, (pdf)  (video)

Aug 2018       
BNR nieuwsradio, Zakendoen, about the statutory retirement age

May 2018       
NPO Radio, De Dag #82. Waarom we weinig over ons pensioen weten

March 2018    
BNR nieuwsradio, De Werkverkenners. Pension literacy

February 2018
Microlearnings (example) for pension professionals, Stichting Pensioen Opleidingen (SPO)

February 2017
News item about physically demanding jobs and retirement at “Nieuwsuur

March 2017    
Pension item Dutch news website nu.nl in the run-up to the elections

July 2017       
News item about health and the retirement age on “Nieuwsuur

Professor Empirical Microeconomics

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut Fiscale en Economische vakken
  • Economie

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number A2.53



  • Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar) Algemeen directeur
  • Instituut Gak, Tilburg University Bijzonder hoogleraar kapitaalgedekte pensioenvoorzieningen
  • Sociaal Economische Raad (SER) Kroonlid
  • TIAS School for Business and Society Visiting lecturer
  • Erasmus School of Accounting and Assurance Visiting lecturer, Certified Pensioenexecutive Program
  • Nyenrode business universiteit Visiting lecturer, Executive Pension Program
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