June 15, 1958 |
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkley (Ph.D.)
Rotterdam University (drs.)
|Doctoral advisor||Laura Tyson|
|Doctoral students||Ruud de Mooij, Bas Jacobs|
|Known for||Population aging
Life Course Saving Scheme
|Notable awards||Spinoza Prize (2003)
Honorary Doctorate from University of Ghent (2008)
Arij Lans Bovenberg (born June 15, 1958) is a Dutch economist, and Professor of Economics at the Tilburg University and Erasmus University, known mainly due to his contribution to the Dutch debate on population ageing, pension reforms and public finances. Lans Bovenberg was awarded the Spinoza Prize in 2003.
Bovenberg was born and raised in Oosterbeek in the Netherlands. Between 1976 and 1981 he studied econometrics at the Erasmus University. From 1981 to 1984 he studied at the American University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his PhD in economics there at the end of 1984 for dissertation entitled Capital Accumulation and Capital Immobility: Q-theory in a Dynamic General Equilibrium Framework.
After graduation he lived in the USA, working at the International Monetary Fund. In 1990 he returned to the Netherlands and after a brief period at the Ministry of Economic Affairs he became a Professor of Economics at the Tilburg University and Erasmus University. Between 1995 and 1998 Bovenberg was deputy director at the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. Since April 2004 he has been scientific director of research institute Netspar, which he has founded.
Bovenberg is an independent member of the Dutch government's Social-Economic Council's committee for Social-Economic Policy and Life-Course Policy. In 2003 he won the Spinoza prize, which allowed him to start the Netspar research institute. Also thanks to these activities he was declared to be one of the 100 most influential Dutchmen by HP/De Tijd magazine in 2007. In 2008 Bovenberg got an honorary doctorate by the University of Ghent, Belgium for his scientific contributions.
The early work of Bovenberg focussed on tax competition in open economies. Later he contributed on optimal taxes and environmental economics. Recently he focusses on population ageing and pension economics.
Population ageing and pension
In the area of population ageing and pension Bovenberg advocates more flexible employment contracts, which would allow employees to combine work with care duties and lifelong learning. To keep older workers in the labor force, he suggests to offer them more vacation and shorter working hours.
In 2008 Bovenberg was a member of the Commission Labour Participation, led by P. Bakker. The commission advised the Dutch government on how to increase labor force participation in the Netherlands to 80%.
Christian Democratic Appeal
Bovenberg believes that people have be given incentives to make full use of their capacities and that people also have duties, not only rights. He argues that also disadvantaged social groups should be expected to participate to work. He is often considered to be a Christian Democratic Appeal ideologist, but he himself states that his view (partly) differs from those of the party in some areas. Together with other Dutch economists like Johan Graafland and Eric van Damme, he thinks about the connection between Christian thinking and economics.
Lans Bovenberg is married and father of two children. He was originally a member of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. When he lived in the United States, he was touched by the faith and the practical living of evangelic Christians. When he returned to the Netherlands he became a Pentecostal.
He is a member of the charismatic Evangelic Church Jefta in Breda, which is a part of the Pentecostal denomination Rafael Nederland. Twice a year he preaches in his church. He plans to study theology and become a part-time preacher around 2013.
- Bovenberg, Lans. "Education". Tilburg University. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- Bovenberg, Lans. "Professional Experience". Tilburg University. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- "NWO/Spinoza prizes". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- HP/De Tijd elects Bovenberg one of the 100 most influential Dutchmen
- The Effects of Capital Income Taxation on International Competitiveness and Trade Flows, American Economic Review, Vol. 79, No. 5, pp. 1045-64, December 1989.
- "Environmental Levies and Distortionary Taxation," American Economic Review, Vol. 94, No. 4, pp. 1085-1089, September 1994 (with R.A. de Mooij).
- Financing Retirement in the European Union, International Tax and Public Finance, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 713-734, November 2003.
- "Interview with Lans Bovenberg" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. August 19, 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- Delsen, Lei; Jeroen Smits (31 May - 1 June 2007). "Ins and out of the Dutch Life Course savings scheme". Seminar on the Life Risks, Life Course and Social Policy (Paris, France: Organisation for economic co-operation and development) (Paper 3).
- http://www.naareentoekomstdiewerkt.nl/pers-materiaal/Press%20Release%20Commission%20Labour%20Participation.pdf Press release Commission Labour Participation
- "Christelijke Traditie en Neo-Klassieke Economie in Gesprek,"(Dialogue of Christian Tradition and Neo-Classical Economics) Economisch Statistische Berichten, Vol. 84, No. 4230, pp. 848-852, November 1999 (with Th. C.M.J. van de Klundert).
- One of Bovenberg's sermons
- Education, publications and activities, Tilburg University
- Balancing work and family life during the life course(a policy paper)
- Bovenberg's Letter to God (in Dutch)