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Jan Boone


Dept. of Economics

Tilburg University

P.O. Box 90153

5000 LE Tilburg

email: j.boone [at] uvt.nl

Publications in journals:

  • Jan Boone and Christoph Schottmüller, forthcoming, 'Health insurance without single crossing: why healthy people have high coverage', Economic Journal.
  • Michiel Bijlsma, Jan Boone and Gijsbert Zwart, 2014, 'Competition leverage: how the demand side affects optimal risk adjustment', RAND Journal of Economics, 45(4), 792--815.
  • Jan Boone, Wieland Muller and Sigrid Suetens, 2014, 'Naked exclusion in the lab: The case of sequential contracting', Journal of Industrial Economics, 62(1), 137--166.
  • Jan Boone, Karen van der Wiel, Arthur van Soest and Frederic Vermeulen, 2014, Kinky choices, dictators and split might: a non-cooperative model for household consumption and labor supply, IZA Journal of Labor Economics , 3(11), 1--19.
  • Jan Boone and Lans Bovenberg, 2013, 'Optimal taxation and welfare benefits with monitoring of job search', International Tax and Public Finance, 20, 268--292.
  • Jan Boone, María Jose Larraín Aylwin, Wieland Müller and Amrita Ray Chaudhuri, 2012, 'Bertrand competition with asymmetric costs: Experimental evidence', Economics Letters, 117(1), 134--137.
  • Jan Boone and Wieland Müller, 2012, 'The distribution of harm in price-fixing cases', International Journal of Industrial Organization, 30(2), 265--276.
  • Jan Boone, Jan van Ours, Jean-Philippe Wuellrich and Josef Zweimüller, 2011, 'Recessions are bad for workplace safety', Journal of Health Economics, 30(4), 764--773.
  • Jan Boone, 2010, Discussion of Drugs policy: what should we do about cannabis? by S. Pudney, Economic Policy 25 (January), 165--211.
  • Jan Boone, Roy Chen, Jacob K. Goeree and Angelo Polydoro, 2009, 'Risky procurement with an insider bidder', Experimental Economics, Vol. 12(4), 417--436.
  • Jan Boone, Abdolkarim Sadrieh and Jan C. van Ours, 2009, 'Experiments on unemployment benefit sanctions and job search behavior', European Economic Review , 53(8), 937--951.
  • Jan Boone, 2009, Discussion of Job protection legislation and productivity growth in OECD countries by Andrea Bassanini, Luca Nunziata and Danielle Venn, Economic Policy 24 (April), 349--402.
  • Jan Boone and Jacob K. Goeree, 2009, 'Optimal privatisation using qualifying auctions', Economic Journal, Vol. 119, pp. 277--297.
  • Jan Boone, 2008, 'Competition: Theoretical Parameterizations and Empirical Measures', Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics , 164(4), 587--611.
  • Jan Boone, 2008, Discussion of Declining Discount Rates by C. Gollier, P. Koundouri and T. Pantelidis, Economic Policy 23 (October), 757--795.
  • Jan Boone, 2008, 'A new way to measure competition', Economic Journal, Vol. 118, pp. 1245-1261.Example data set (in openoffice format) and in pdf.
  • Michèle Belot, Jan Boone and Jan van Ours, 2007, 'Welfare effects of employment protection', Economica, Vol. 74, pp. 381--396.
  • Jan Boone, Peter Fredriksson, Bertil Holmlund and Jan van Ours, 2007, 'Optimal unemployment insurance with monitoring and sanctions', Economic Journal, Vol. 117, pp. 399--421.
  • Jan Boone and Lans Bovenberg, 2007,'The simple economics of bunching: Optimal taxation with quasi-linear preferences', Journal of Public Economic Theory, 9 (1), 89--105. Version with Technical Appendix.
  • Jan Boone and Jan van Ours, 2006, 'Are recessions good for workplace safety?', Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 25, 1069--1093.
  • Jan Boone and Jan Potters, 2006, 'Transparency, prices, and welfare with imperfect substitutes', Economic Letters , Vol. 93, 398--404.
  • Jan Boone and Jan van Ours, 2006, 'Modeling financial incentives to get unemployed back to work', Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Vol. 162 (2), 227--252. Version with Technical Appendix.
  • Jan Boone and Lans Bovenberg, 2006, 'Unemployment vs. In-work Benefits with Search Unemployment and Observable Abilities', Journal of Economic Theory, Vol. 126, 165--193.
  • Jan Boone and Lans Bovenberg, 2004, 'The optimal taxation of unskilled labour with job search and social assistance', Journal of Public Economics Vol. 88, No. 11, 2004, 2227--2258.
  • Jan Boone, 2004, 'Unemployment insurance and workers' mobility', Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 160(2), 275--293.
  • Jan Boone and Ruud de Mooij, 2003, 'Tax policy in a matching model with training', Oxford Economic Papers Vol. 55: 121--147.
  • Jan Boone and Lans Bovenberg, 2002, 'Optimal labour taxation and search', Journal of Public Economics Vol. 85: 53--97.
  • Jan Boone, 2001, 'Intensity of Competition and the Incentive to Innovate', International Journal of Industrial Organization Vol. 19: 705--726.
  • Jan Boone, 2000, 'Competitive Pressure: The Effects on Investments in Product and Process Innovation', RAND Journal of Economics Vol. 31, No. 3: 549--569.
  • Jan Boone, 2000, 'Technological Progress, Downsizing and Unemployment', Economic Journal 110 (July): 581--600.

Dutch journals:

  • Jan Boone, Rein Halbersma and Wolf Sauter, 2014, 'Risicoverevening en staatssteun in het Nederlandse zorgstelsel', Markt en Mededinging, Juni (3), 87--97.
  • Rudy Douven en Jan Boone 'Efficientie, concurrentie en globale budgetten in de zorg', TPEdigitaal 2014 jaargang 8(2): 82-97
  • Jan Boone, Jan van Ours and Henry van der Wiel, 2013, 'When is the price cost margin a safe way to measure changes in competition?', De Economist, 161: 45-67.
  • Jan Boone and Jan van Ours, 2012, 'Why is there a spike in the job finding rate at benefit exhaustion?', De Economist, 160: 413-438.
  • Erik Schut, Jan Boone and Rudy Douven, 2012, 'Een passende markt voor gepaste zorg', ESB-dossier Gepaste Zorg, Jaargang 97 (4644S) 5 oktober 2012: 18-23.
  • Jan Boone, Rudy Douven and Ilaria Mosca, 2010, 'Collectiviteiten en doelmatige zorginkoop', ESB 15-10-2010: 614-617.
  • Jan Boone en Rudy Douven, 2010, 'Macrorisico en efficiëntie van zorgverzekeraars', ESB 5-2-2010: 84-87.
  • Jan Boone and Jan C. van Ours, 2009, 'Bringing Unemployed Back to Work: Effective Active Labor Market Policies', De Economist 157(3), Page 293--313.
  • Jan Boone, 2001, 'De vragen die mdw niet stelt', ESB 27-9-2001: D7 (ESB dossier: Effecten en toekomst van mdw).
  • Jan Boone en Jan van Ours, 2000, 'Harder straffen doet minder pijn', ESB 26-5-2000: 440-443.
  • F. van Oers, R. de Mooij, J. Graafland and Jan Boone, 2000, 'An Earned Income Tax Credit in the Netherlands: simulations with the MIMIC model', De Economist 148 (1):19-43.
  • Jan Boone en Jan Brinkhuis, 2000, 'Dynamic optimization and models of search in the labor market', Medium Econometrische Toepassingen, Jaargang 8, nummer 2.
  • Ate Nieuwenhuis and Jan Boone, 1999, 'Tax Policy and the labour market: a sensitivity analysis with an AGE model', CPB report: 1999:3 , pp. 34-37.
  • Jan Boone and Theon van Dijk, 1998, 'Competition and Innovation', De Economist 146 (3): 445-461.
  • Boone, J., 1997, 'Competition and Welfare', CPB Report 1997-4.

Chapters in Books:

  • Jan Boone and Rudy Douven, 'Budgetten en marktwerking in de zorg: waarom en hoe?', in Een economisch gezonde gezondheidszorg, Koninklijke Vereniging voor de Staathuishoudkunde Preadviezen 2012, Onder redactie van Prof. Dr. F.T. Schut en Dr. M. Varkevisser.
  • Jan Boone, 'Moeten fusies in de "nieuwe economie" anders behandeld worden?', in Ontwikkelingen mededingingsrecht 2008, Elsevier Congressen, Onder redactie van Weijer VerLoren van Themaat.
  • Jan Boone and Eric van Damme, 'Marktstructuur en Innovatie', in Innovatie in Nederland: De markt draalt en de overheid faalt, Koninklijke Vereniging voor de Staathuishoudkunde Preadviezen 2004, Onder redactie van Dr. B. Jacobs en prof. dr. J. J. M. Theeuwes.
  • Jan Boone, 'Does competition make firms enterprising or defensive?', in The Monopolistic Competition Revolution in Retrospect, 2004, edited by S. Brakman and B. Heijdra, Cambridge Univerisity Press.
  • Exercises for the chapters on Competition and Unemployment in Aghion, P. and P. Howitt (1998), Endogenous Growth Theory, MIT Press.
  • 'Transition: trade off between rents and competition to achieve efficiency' in Conference Volume of China, Choice of Public Policies Towards the 21st Century, Beijing 1998 (Organized by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Ford Foundation)

Working papers


Coverage in popular press:

  • New Scientist vol 176 issue 2373 - 14 December 2002, page 14, 'Safety suffers in a slump' on the paper with Jan van Ours 'Cyclical Fluctuations in Workplace Accidents'.
  • Elsevier, 20 April 2002, one of the 50 most promising young talents in the Netherlands as selected by the Elsevier weekly magazine.
  • Staatscourant Interview on competition and innovation.
  • Independent on Sunday, 30 July 2000, on the Downsizing paper in the Economic Journal (2000).
  • Volkskrant, 9 December 2000, 'Het spel en de knikkers' on a new way to measure competition (in Dutch)

Prizes and honours:

  • Vici grant (2008-2013) "Competition in health care markets".
  • Proposal joint with Erik Brouwer and Henry van der Wiel "Market Structure, Innovation and Productivity: An Empirical Approach" was granted a subsidy by NWO/EZ in the program "Innovation Dynamics".
  • Winner together with Lans Bovenberg of the IEF educational prize 2002 for our course 'Institutions and Incentives'
  • Vernieuwings Impuls grant (2002-2006)
  • Ruigrok Prijs (2001)
  • Royal Economic Society Junior Fellowship (1996-1997)
  • Rhodes European Scholarship (1993-1996)
  • Erasmus prize for the best thesis in economics (1993)

Other activities:

  • Member of committee Don on risk adjustment in the Netherlands
  • Academic advisor CPB
  • Member of NWO Rubicon committee (2006) allocating grants to post-docs to spend up to two years abroad
  • Member of the NWO VENI committee which allocates grants to post-docs at Dutch universities (2003-2005)
  • Expert committee WRR
  • Member of Scientific Council Encore
  • Member of advisory group for the ministry of economic affairs on the research programme 'Perceptions of competition'
  • Report for CPB, EZ and NMa on a new way to measure competition (done as employee of CPB)
  • OECD workshop on competition, Paris, 21 January 2002: member of panel of experts
  • Ideeën voor vernieuwing van het innovatiebeleid, Bijdrage aan de workshop "vernieuwing innovatiebeleid" georganiseerd door het Ministerie van Economische Zaken, 17 juni 2002 (joint work with Eric van Damme and Sjak Smulders)

Managerial duties:

  • Coordinator of the NZa/Tilec research cooperation on competition and regulation in health care markets.
  • Research coordinator Micro Economics (2007-present)
  • Member of the job market committee 2005 for the department of economics
  • Organizing seminars for the Micro research group (2004)
  • Member of education committee Economics (1999-2001)
  • Presided over committee Algemene Economie in Basisfase which looked at the question how to make Economics more attractive for first year students


  • Oxford University (Nuffield College): MPhil and DPhil in Economics (1993-1997)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam: MSc in Economics (Dutch 'drs.' title) (1987-1993)

Current and Previous positions:

  • Professor of Industrial Economics at Tilburg University (2004-present)
  • Associate professor at Tilburg University (2002-2004)
  • Assistant professor at Tilburg University (1997-2002)
  • Researcher at CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (1997-2000)