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Jakob de Haan

Jakob de Haan

Everything about public policy that you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Keynote speaker, Moderator/ Presenter, Debat deelnemer
Languages spoken
English Dutch
Travels from
The Netherlands


  • 2021
  • Vermelding in de top 5% van IDEAS wereldwijde ranglijst van economen
  • 2019
  • President van SUERF [2019-heden]
  • 2009
  • Hoofd Onderzoek van De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) [2009-2020]
  • 1994
  • Hoogleraar op 34 jarige leeftijd politieke economie aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (NL)
  • 1989
  • Promotie op een Proefschrift over “Overheidsschuld”
  • 1984
  • “Cum laude” afgestudeerd
  • 1982
  • Jongerenvertegenwoordiger Nederlandse delegatie naar de Verenigde Naties in New York


Jakob de Haan is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. He has been Head of Research of De Nederlandsche Bank and also Scientific Director of SOM, the graduate school and research institute of the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.

Jakob de Haan graduated at the University of Groningen, where he also received his Ph.D. He has published extensively on issues like public debt, monetary policy, central bank independence, political and economic freedom and European integration.
He is member of the editorial board of Public Choice, European Union Politics, and the Journal of International Money and Finance. He has been editor of the European Journal of Political Economy, and President of the European Public Choice Society. De Haan has also been visiting professor at the Free University Berlin (2003/4), Kiel Institute (2002, 2010), and the University of Munich (1999). He is also research fellow of CESIfo.


Keynote speaker
Moderator/ Presenter
Debat deelnemer


I am a scientist who researches topics that are relevant to society. Also during my time as Head of Research at De Nederlandsche Bank (2009-2020), I held a part-time appointment as a professor. I am convinced that scientific insights can contribute to solutions for social problems and policy issues. 

Many social debates are characterised by a lack of depth and knowledge. Jakob de Haan's mission is to offer a different perspective based on insights from scientific research and my experience, and to encourage people to think more deeply about certain questions.


Monetary policy in Europe: doomed to failure?
Explaining the advent of the euro and European Central Bank policy, and the main problems facing monetary policy: low interest rates and the grip on public finances.
Fiscal policy in a period of low interest rates: no worries about public debt? Explaining fiscal policy in broad terms, the desirability of budget standards such as the Zalm standard and the need to keep government debt sustainable so that we are best prepared for the next crisis.

Trust in the financial sector and the central bank
What is the state of public confidence in the financial sector and the central bank? What has been the impact of the corona crisis? What can institutions do to improve trust?

Corona crisis: public health versus economics?
What can we learn from economic research on the coronas crisis? What measures work best? How could the government better communicate about coronas?

The state of the Dutch economy
How well or badly is the Dutch economy doing? In which areas are we doing better or worse than other countries? What can we do about it?

IJ. de Haan (ed.), History of the Bundesbank: Lessons for the ECB, Routledge, 2000.
S.C.W. Eijffinger and J. de Haan, European Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Oxford University Press, 2000.

B. Volkerink and J. de Haan, Tax ratios: A Critical Survey, OECD, OECD Tax Policy Studies, no. 5, 2001.

J. de Haan, S.C.W. Eijffinger and S. Waller, The European Central Bank: Centralization, Transparency and Credibility, MIT Press, 2005.
J. de Haan, S. Oosterloo and D. Schoenmaker, European Financial Markets and Institutions, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

J. de Haan and H. Berger (eds.), The European Central Bank at Ten, Springer, 2010.
Y-W. Cheung and J. de Haan (eds.), The Evolving Role of China in the World Economy, MIT Press, 2012.
J. de Haan, S. Oosterloo and D. Schoenmaker, Financial Markets and Institutions: A European Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
A.J. Kellermann, J. de Haan and F. de Vries (eds.), Financial Supervision in the 21st Century, Springer, 2013.
J. de Haan, S. Oosterloo and D. Schoenmaker, Financial Markets and Institutions: A European Perspective (third edition), Cambridge University Press, 2015.
J. de Haan and J. Parlevliet (eds.), Structural Reforms - Moving the Economy Forward, Springer, 2018.

J. de Haan, D. Schoenmaker and P. Wierts, Financial Markets and Institutions: A European Perspective (fourth edition), Cambridge University Press, 2020.
J. de Haan (ed.), Institutions and Economic Development, Edward Elgar, 2020.


Head of Research at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)

President of SUERF

Inclusion in the top 5% of IDEAS global ranking of economists.

Member of the editorial board of several scientific journals

Professor of political economy at the University of Groningen (NL) at the age of 34

Doctorate on a dissertation on "Government debt

"Graduated "Cum laude

Youth representative, Dutch delegation to the United Nations in New York