The chair Economics of the Public Sector studies the interaction between government and markets and the impact of government policies in a market economy. Important issues, amongst others, are the provision of public goods, the size and structure of the welfare state (including health care), market failure versus government failure and public finance (taxes, levies and government debt). Special attention is given political decision making and coordination processes. Economics of the public sector aims to explain the role of (local) government in the economy, not only its role as supplier of specific goods and services, but also as provider to the institutional framework that by means of legislation and tax-and-transfers regulates the market and the welfare distribution.

Our expertises, specified to members of the chair, are:

  • Finance of youth care, financial architecture of the state and its bodies, tax competition, money laundering, comparative welfare state analysis (Brigitte Unger);
  • Tax competition and regulation (Victor van Kommer)
  • Social security, welfare economics, public finance and public goods (Loek Groot);
  • The shadow economy, smuggling, and tax evasion, empirical political economy, applied econometrics (Joras Ferwerda).

Chair members