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Keynote speaker


How unfortunate is your generation? On student financing in The Netherlands.

The Wet studievoorschot (aka 'loansystem') only had a short life: introduced in 2015 and abolished eight years later. Students in the 'unfortunate' cohorts complain about huge debts they have. But was it really that bad an idea?


This event is open to all students. No registration is required and you do not need to be participants of the National Economics Olympiad (NEO) to join the keynote speach. 

Time and location

16:45 - 17:45, Friday 19 April 2024

Thiel CT-1, Erasmus University Rotterdam 

About the speaker

Dr Jonneke Bolhaar is the Head of the Department Labour, Education and Innovation at CPB (Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) where she has worked since 2014. Dr Bolhaar combines this with a position as a part time Professor of Economic Policy, Human Capital and Labour at Erasmus School of Economics.


After a research master at the Tinbergen Institute, Dr Bolhaar obtained her PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has a strong academic profile, as shown by her recent publications in top economics peer reviewed journals in the past five years (AEJ, Applied Economics and Journal of Public Economics).


In her research Dr Bolhaar focuses on inequality and the role of policy in alleviating, or unintendedly, enhancing inequality: "For long, the mostly American literature on inequality of opportunity was thought of to be not that relevant for The Netherlands. But the past years it has become clear that also in the Netherlands there is inequality of opportunity, and that it may have substantial effects on outcomes."

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