prof.dr. (Bas) B. Jacobs

prof.dr. (Bas) B. Jacobs

Professor of Public Finance and Economic Policy

Endowed Professor Erasmus School of Economics Economics
Erasmus University Rotterdam
H 09-33

Latest academic publication

B. Jacobs & U. Thuemmel (2018). Optimal Taxation and Education Policy with Skill-Biased Technical Change. (Preprints). Rotterdam: mimeo: Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Bas Jacobs (1973) is endowed professor of Public Finance and Economic Policy at the Erasmus School of Economics since 2007. His research crosses the borders of public finance, optimal taxation, welfare economics, macroeconomics, human capital theory and labor economics.

Jacobs is a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute, Netspar and CESifo. He is also academic partner of the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis and member of the advisory board of the Norwegian Center of Taxation. Bas Jacobs is associate editor for FinanzArchiv.

From 1997 to 2004 Jacobs worked at the CPB Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. He has been visiting fellow of the University of Chicago (2003), the University of Munich (2008) and the University of California Berkeley (2015). In 2004-2005 Jacobs was a Jean-Monet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He held a post-doc position at the University of Amsterdam during 2002-2005. From 2005-2007 Jacobs was assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Tilburg.

Jacobs has published on optimal taxation and redistribution, the marginal cost of public funds, optimal capital income taxation, human capital and optimal education policy, environmental tax policy, fiscal policy, labor markets and wage inequality, fiscal policy and ageing, economic growth, and technical change.

He collaborated with (amongst others) Robin Boadway, Lans Bovenberg, Casper van Ewijk, Aart Gerritsen, Joop Hartog, James Heckman, Egbert Jongen, Ruud de Mooij, Richard Nahuis, Rick van der Ploeg, Dirk Schindler, Paul Tang, Jules Theeuwes, Dinand Webbink, Sweder van Wijnbergen, Honyang Yang and Floris Zoutman.

Jacobs regularly blogs on economics and politics in Dutch at and Many of his blogs are also published at Follow the Money ( During 2006-2009 Jacobs wrote a biweekly column on economics in De Groene Amsterdammer. He is also member of the economist's panels of BNR and MeJudice.


Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam