Koen Caminada

Professor of Empirical Analysis of Tax and Social Policy

E-mail: c.l.j.caminada@law.leidenuniv.nl
Address: Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, room A 2.53
Phone: ++31 71 527 7756 / 7858 


Short Bio:
Koen Caminada (1966) is Professor of Empirical Analysis of Tax and Social Policy at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is Scientific Director of the Leiden Institute of Tax Law and Economics. His research interests include Empirical Analysis of Tax Law and Social Policy, Social Security, Fiscal and Tax Policy, Income Distribution and Poverty (EU and OECD). Caminada holds a PhD from Leiden University (1997), and studied Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1986-1992) and the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium (1991-1992). He is director of the research program 'Reform of social security' at Leiden University. Caminada is a research fellow at Leiden Law School, and Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement. He is member of the board of Governors of the Foundation of International Studies on Social Security, member of the Dutch Tax Committee, and Academic Partner of CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis. Recently Caminada published papers in journals as the International Journal of Social Welfare, Journal of Common Market Studies, International Social Security Review, Poverty & Public Policy, Atlantic Economic Journal, Tax Notes International, International Advances in Economic Research, International Tax and Public Finance.

Research interests:  

  • Empirical Analysis of Tax Law and Social Policy
  • Social Security 
  • Fiscal and Tax Policy
  • Income Distribution and Poverty

Education:
  • PhD, Leiden University (1997), thesis on Liability Progression and Tax Revenue Elasticy (in Dutch: De progressie van het belastingstelsel).
  • Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (1986-1992)
  • Courses on Advanced Public Finance and Advanced Monetary Economics, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium (1991-1992) 

Current positions: 
  • Professor of Empirical analysis of tax and social policy, Leiden University (2005-)
  • Scientific Director Leiden Institute of Tax Law and Economics (2014-)
  • Co-director of research program Reform of social security financed by by GAK Foundation. Grant: 2.7 million Euro (2006-)

Fellow:  
Research grants:
  • SNS Reaal Bank (1997-2003)
  • Dutch Association of Insurers, Verbond van Verzekeraars (1999-2003)
  • GAK Foundation (2004)
  • Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (2004/2005)
  • GAK Foundation (2005-)
  • European Commission - competition FP7 (2011-2012)
  • Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing and Retirement (2011-2014)
  • Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing and Retirement (2014-2017). Medium Vision Grant  for project ‘Pension savings and consumption needs of current and future retirees’; with Rob Alessie (Groningen), Marike Knoef (Leiden), Arthur van Soest (Tilburg), Adriaan Kalwij (Utrecht), Kees Goudswaard (Leiden), Pierre-Carl (Michaud University of Québec, Montreal), Viola Angelini (Groningen), Jochem de Bresser (Groningen), Jim Been (Leiden), Raun van Ooijen (Groningen), and Eduard Suari Andreu (Groningen)

Other:
  • Member Dutch Income Tax and Benefits Committee (Summary Interim report 2012; and Summary final report 2013).
  • Member of the board of editors Tijdschrift voor Openbare Financien (Dutch Journal of Public Finance) (2007-)
  • Member of the board of the Foundation for Public Finance (Wim Drees Stichting) (2008-)
  • Editor Department of Economics Research Memorandum, Leiden University (2000-)
  • Referee (among others): International Tax and Public Finance, FinanzArchiv, Journal of Income Inequality, Public Finance and Management, Journal of Applied Economics, Politics & Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Poverty & Public Policy and Social Policy Administration, European Societies, Marmara Journal of European Studies
  • Member of the Program Committee for the 2011 and 2014 Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF)
  • Board of Governors of the Foundation of International Studies on Social Security (FISS)
  • Invited Guest Lecture Series Xiamen University Tan Kah Kee College, (Income redistribution in 20 countries over time; Poverty and Poverty Reduction; Managing your own study and tips for studying abroad; Empirical Research Methods – Research Design), December 2013, Xiamen, China.

PhD students:
  • 2002-2008. Aldo Spanjer, ‘Structural and regulatory reform of the European natural gas market. Does the current approach secure the public service obligations?', Public defense: 17 December 2008.
  • 2006-2011. Olaf van Vliet, 'Convergence and Europeanisation: The Political Economy of Social and Labour Market Policies', Public defense: 29 juni 2011.
  • 2012-2013. Mark Humprey-Jenner, ‘Establishing an Effective Dialog between Courts and Agencies’, Public defense: 16 April 2013.
  • 2007-. Henk Nijboer: Restructuring responsibilities in the Dutch social security system.
  • 2010-. Jim Been: Essays on Empirical Analysis of Income and Retirement.
  • 2010-.Chen Wang: Social Security and Income Distribution.
  • 2011-. Stefan Thewissen: Essays on Income Distribution, Social Security, Economic Growth in a Comparative Perspective.
  • 2012-. Janet Wang: Welfare State Changes: Triggers and Consequences.

Teaching:
Personal data:
  • Date of birth: December 24th, 1966
  • Married, three children
  • Home address: Hoornbruglaan 32, 2281 AW Rijswijk, The Netherlands 

My inspiration:

Measuring the effects of tax rules and social policy is a tricky business, requiring a creative combination of science, craft and art. If done well, it produces both truth and beauty. The research on the empirical analysis of tax rules and social policy focuses on the effects and impact of government policy. Empirical research may, for example, determine the effects of changes in the social security system and old age pension schemes for several socio-economic groups, and the economic aspects of tax reforms. However, empirical findings may (not) be in line with the expectations of policy makers. Research should therefore examine tax policy and social rules critically. My inspiration is to motivate others – researchers, policy makers, students – to apply empirical work themselves.

Blog
Koen Caminada, Facts & Figures: Income inequality and fiscal redistribution in 29 countries, Leiden Law Blog, 14 maart 2014.

Selected publications

Some recent working papers

Conference papers (selection)
  • ‘Measuring retirement savings adequacy in the Netherlands: a first multi-pillar approach’, 20th International Research Seminar of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security, Sigtuna, Sweden, 14 June 2013, with Marike Knoef, Jim Been, Kees Goudswaard, Rob Alessie and Adriaan Kalwij.
  • 'Disentangling income inequality and the redistributive effect of social transfers and taxes in LIS countries 1985-2005’, seminar UNU-MERIT / School of Governance, Maastricht, 21 February 2013, Maastricht, with Kees Goudswaard and Chen Wang.
  • 'Europe 2020: Poverty Alleviation / Income Redistribution by Social Transfers and Taxes as a Measurable Goal’, Jaarcongres Armoede en Schulden, Utrecht, 31 January 2013.
  • 'Disentangling income inequality and the redistributive effect of taxes and transfers in 20 LIS countries over time’, CPB Lunch seminar, Den Haag, 23 October 2012, with Kees Goudswaard and Chen Wang.
  • 'Disentangling income inequality and the redistributive effect of taxes and transfers in 20 LIS countries over time’, Nederlandse Economendag, Amsterdam, 19 October 2012, with Kees Goudswaard and Chen Wang.
  • ‘Disentangling income inequality and the redistributive effect of taxes and transfers in 20 LIS countries over time’, 68th Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, Dresden, Germany, 16 August 2012, with Kees Goudswaard and Chen Wang.
  • ‘Disentangling income inequality and the redistributive effect of taxes and transfers in 20 LIS countries mid 1980s – mid 2000s’, 19th International Research Seminar of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security, Sigtuna, Sweden, 18 June 2012, with Chen Wang and Kees Goudswaard.
  • ‘Disentangling income inequality and the redistributive effect of social transfers and taxes in 36 LIS countries’, 19th International Research Seminar of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security, Sigtuna, Sweden, 18 June 2012, with Chen Wang.
  • ‘The Impact of Alternative Measures of Social Spending on Poverty Rates in OECD Countries’, seminar Research Team Reforming Social Security, Leiden, 4 November 2011, with Kees Goudswaard.
  • ‘Do Income Transfers Matter? Poverty Profiles in OECD Countries’, 67th Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, Michigan / Ann Arbor, USA, 8-11 August 2011, with K. Goudswaard.
  • ‘Social Income Transfers and Relative Poverty Outcomes in the EU15 versus other OECD Countries’, 18th International Research Seminar of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security, Sigtuna, Sweden, 8-10 June 2011, with O. van Vliet.
  • ‘Pension reform and income inequality among the elderly in 15 European countries’, 18th International Research Seminar of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security, Sigtuna, Sweden, 8-10 June 2011, with O. van Vliet, J. Been, and K. Goudswaard.
  • ‘Europe 2020: Poverty Reduction as a Measurable Goal’, seminar Countdown to Europe 2020: Towards ‘Appropriate Indicators’ to Measure Poverty Reduction in the EU, International symposium Center for Parliamentary Studies, Brussels, June 29th, 2010.
  • ‘Towards an Indicator of Public Policy Effectiveness on Poverty Alleviation?’, seminar Countdown to Europe 2020: Towards ‘Appropriate Indicators’ to Measure Poverty Reduction in the EU, International symposium Center for Parliamentary Studies, Brussels, June 29th, 2010.
  • 'Effectiveness of Poverty Reduction in the EU15. An Empirical Analysis’, 16th International Research Seminar on Issues in Social Security, Social Security, Poverty and Exclusion in Rich and Poor Countries, FISS, Sigtunahöjden, Sweden, June 18th, 2009.
  • ‘Effectiveness of poverty reduction in the EU’, 66th International Atlantic Economic Conference, Montreal, Canada, October 11th, 2008.
  • 'Patterns of welfare state indicators in the EU: Is there convergence?', 64th Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, Maastricht, Netherlands,  August 24th, 2008.
  • ‘Convergence of net social protection levels’, 62nd Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, Paphos, Cyprus,  August 30th, 2006.
  • ‘Budgetary costs of tax facilities for pension savings: an empirical analysis.’, 60th International Atlantic Economic Conference, New York, October 7th, 2005.
  • ‘The Fiscal Subsidy on Pension Saving in he Netherlands’, 60th Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, Milan, Italy,  August 23rd, 2004.
  • ‘Are public and private social expenditures complementary?’, 57th International Atlantic Economic Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, March 12th, 2004.
  • ‘International Trends in Income Inequality and Social Policy’, The Year 2000 International Research Conference on Social Security (ISSA), Helsinki, Finland, September 27th, 2000.
  • ‘International Trends in Income Inequality and Social Policy’, 56th Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, Seville, Spain, August 30th, 2000.
  • ‘Social Policy and Income Distribution: An Empirical Analysis for the Netherlands’, 55th Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, Moscow, Russia, August 26th, 1999.
  • Income Effects of a Flat Tax: An Empirical Analysis for the Netherlands’, 53rd Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance, Kyoto, Japan, Augustus 26th, 1997.
  • Environmental Tax Competition Among Jurisdiction’, EAERE‑conference, Krakow, Poland, June 1992.


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