Kees Goudswaard (head of department)


Professor of Applied Economics
Professor of Social Security

Address: Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, room A 2.51 
Phone: ++31 71 527 7756

Short bio:
Kees Goudswaard (1955) is Professor of Economics at the Law School, Leiden University and Professor of Social Security at the Gak Institute, Leiden University. He is head of the Economics Department at Leiden University. His research areas are: social policy, pensions and public finance.
Goudswaard has been project leader of several research programs, under which the program “Reforming Social Security’’, for which a grant of 2.7 million euro was received from the Gak Institute. In recent years he has done much research on pensions, as a fellow of Netspar, Tilburg University.
He holds several advisory and supervisory positions. At the moment, Goudswaard is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank. Also, he is chairman of the committee of the Social and Economic Council that advises the government on the future of the pension system.


  • Social Security
  • Social Policy
  • Public Finance 

  • Doctoral in economics, graduation with distinction, Free University of Amsterdam (1981)
  • Doctor's degree, Leiden University (1988), thesis on public debt management

Main current positions:
  • Professor of social security (1995-), GAK Foundation
  • Professor of economics (2000-), Faculty of Law, Leiden Univer­si­ty
  • Head Department of economics, Leiden University (2000-)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank (2012-)
  • Chairman Education Advisory Board Progresz/Capabel, Netherlands School of Social Security (2003-)
  • Member Taskforce Montae Pensions, as expert advisor (2011-)
  • Reviewer European Sciency Foundation and several journals
  • Member Editorial Board Netspar (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement), Tilburg University (2011-)
  • Member Editorial Board, Journal Public Finance and Management
  • Member Partner Research Council Netspar (2013-)
  • Member Advisory Board Pension Executive Program, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (2012-)
  • Member Advisory Board Hans van Mierlo Foundation (2012-)

Main former positions:
  • Crown-member of the Social and Economic Council (the main government advisory body on social and economic policy in the Netherlands, 1994-2008)
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Social and Economic Council (2000-2006)
  • Chairman Expert Committee on Social and Economic Policy (Social and Economic Council, 2007-2010)
  • Chairman Expert Committee on the sustainability of the pension system (Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, 2009-2010)
  • Member of the Central Planning Committee (Advisory Committee of CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, 1997-2004)
  • Member Advisory Committee Macroeconomic Statistics, Statistics Netherlands (2008-2012)
  • Member Delta Lloyd Advisory Board (2005-2012)
  • Member Achmea Vitale Scientific Advisory Board (2009-2012)
  • Member of the board of the Foundation for Public Finance (Drees Stichting, 1999-2012)
  • Member of the board of the Dutch Social Security Association (NGSZ, 2007-2012)


  • Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
  • Commission of the European Communities
  • Netherlands Court of Audit
  • Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles
  • Delta Lloyd
  • Achmea 


Research grants:
  • Research program Reform of social security; grant: 2.7 million Euro by GAK Foundation (2005-2014)
  • 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’
  • Netspar Topicality Project Grant for project ‘Pension reform and income inequality among older people in 15 European countries’ (2015)
  • European Commission FP-7, Neujobs project on European Labour Markets (2011-2012)
  • Earlier grants by:  
    • Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing and Retirement (2011-2014)
    • SNS Reaal Bank (1997-2003)
    • Dutch Association of Insurers, Verbond van Verzekeraars (1999-2003)
    • GAK Foundation (2004)
    • Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (2004/2005)
Selection of publications:

Last Modified: 06-07-2016