Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis

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The CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (Dutch: Centraal Planbureau, Central Planning Bureau) is an independent Dutch government agency founded in 1945 by Jan Tinbergen. It is located in The Hague.

It is one of three applied policy research institutes of the Dutch government, the other two being the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), and Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (SCP).

The CPB delivers economic analysis and forecasts, and has as clients the Dutch Cabinet, politicians and political parties, policy makers from ministries, labour unions, employer's organizations, etc. It also provides reports and advice for European Union initiatives. One of the government appointed members in the Social-Economic Council is chair of CPB.

Beside the directors, other notable researchers of the institute have been Lans Bovenberg, Mars Cramer, Wim Driehuis, Per Schreiner, Jan Sandee, Henri Theil and Johan Witteveen.


1945 – 1955 Jan Tinbergen
1955 – 1957 Fred Polak
1957 – 1966 Pieter de Wolff
1966 – 1984 Cees van den Beld
1984 – 1989 Peter de Ridder
1989 – 1994 Gerrit Zalm
1994 – 2006 Henk Don
2006 – 2013 Coen Teulings
2013 – Laura van Geest

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