Jan Brouwer Thesis Prize 2018 for Sander Geenen

Sander Geenen

Sander Geenen has won the Jan Brouwer Thesis Prize 2018 with a socially relevant master’s thesis. This prize of 2,000 euros is awarded annually by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen).

Sander Geenen, who graduated in 2017 in the Master Policy Economics, wrote a thesis in which he estimates empirical tax multipliers for the Netherlands using the so-called narrative method. Tax multipliers measure the effect of a change in the tax level on GDP; for the Netherlands this effect turns out to be substantial. Together with Associate Professor Lorenzo Pozzi, Professor Bas Jacobs of Erasmus School of Economics graded the master's thesis with a 9: 'Sander's thesis is on the frontier of academic research. After some polishing and shortening I expect that his thesis will certainly be published in an international academic journal.’

After graduating Sander Geenen started as a policy economist at De Nederlandsche Bank.