Advances in New Institutional Analysis series
About the author
Prof.dr. Frank A.G. den Butter (1948) is a policy-oriented economist. He studied econometrics at the University of Amsterdam and obtained his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 1973 to 1988 he worked at the Netherlands Central Bank and was involved in economic modelling, policy analysis and research management. Since 1988 he has been professor of economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and has founded the research team ALERT (Applied Labour Economics Research Team), which has meanwhile obtained an excellent international reputation in its field. From 1989 to 1996 he was a director of the Tinbergen Institute, the Netherlands Research Institute and the Graduate School for Economics and Business of the Amsterdam and Rotterdam Universities. From 1998 to 2002 he was a member of the multidisciplinary Scientific Council for Government Policy at the Prime Minister’s office in The Hague. As a member of the council, he was responsible for the report on ‘The Netherlands as a trading nation’, which was published in 2003 and which initiated the research reported in this book. Moreover, Frank A.G. den Butter was the chairman of the Royal Netherlands Economic Association (the oldest economists’ association in the world) from 1997 to 2003 and was a member of the Central Statistical Committee (the supervisory committee of the Central Bureau of Statistics) from 1998 to 2004. He has also been a member of the economic policy committee of the Social Economic Council and has chaired various academic and governmental committees and bodies. He has served in various committees...