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Bas Jacobs is professor of public economics at the School of Business and Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2022. Previously, he held the Sijbren Cnossen chair of public economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam (since 2018) and was professor of public economics at Erasmus University since 2007. He is a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and CESifo. He is member of the advisory board of the Norwegian Center of Taxation, member of the management board of the International Institute for Public Finance, associate editor for FinanzArchiv, member of the Prof. De Vries Stichting and member of the economist's panels of BNR and MeJudice.

He holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2002).


Jacobs' research crosses the borders of public finance, optimal taxation, welfare economics, macroeconomics, human capital theory and labor economics. He has published on optimal taxation and income redistribution, the marginal cost of public funds, optimal capital income taxation, human capital and optimal education policy, environmental tax policy, macro-economic policy, labor markets and wage inequality, fiscal policy and ageing, economic growth, and technological change. He collaborated with (amongst others) Robin Boadway, Lans Bovenberg, Casper van Ewijk, Aart Gerritsen, Joop Hartog, Albert Jan Hummel, James Heckman, Egbert Jongen, Ruud de Mooij, Richard Nahuis, Rick van der Ploeg, Alexandra Rusu, Dirk Schindler, Kevin Spiritus, Paul Tang, Jules Theeuwes, Uwe Thuemmel, Dinand Webbink, Sweder van Wijnbergen, Honyang Yang and Floris Zoutman.

Ancillary activities

  • Vrij Nederland | Amsterdam | Columnist/essayist | 2022-06-01 - present
  • ING Pensioenfonds | Amsterdam | Adviseur | 2022-06-01 - present
  • Stichting Vrienden van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor de Staathuishoudkunde | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2022-06-01 - present
  • Norwegian Center of Taxation | Bergen | Adviseur | 2022-06-01 - present
  • Prof. F. de Vries Stichting | Utrecht | Bestuurder | 2022-06-01 - present
  • Speaker's Academy | Rotterdam | Spreker | 2022-06-01 - present
  • Stichting tot Beheer van de Arnold Heertje Bibliotheek | Naarden | Bestuurder | 2022-06-01 - present
  • Stichting Pensioenfonds IBM | Amstelveen | Adviseur | 2023-01-01 - present

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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