Economics of the Welfare State

Coordinator: prof. dr. P. Koning

Lecturers: prof. dr. P. Koning

 

  • Pierre Koning
    Pierre Koning
Pierre Koning

Email: p.w.c.koning@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Labor, health

Pierre Koning (1971) is part-time professor of Labor Economics at the VU University Amsterdam and associate professor of economics at Leiden University. Until December 2015, Pierre was employed as a Chief Science Officer at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands. Pierre obtained his PhD at the VU University of Amsterdam – with his thesis focusing on job search models for the labor market. His special interest lies in the field of welfare-to-work services and disability insurance – here most of his international publications are also focused on. Pierre also is affiliated with IZA, Tinbergen Institute and Talma Instute for Work, Care and Welfare.

Research interests:

labor economics, health and work, public sector performance and incentives

Courses:

Labour Economics (Msc) and Economics of the Welfare State (BSc)
Curriculum.

Website at Leiden University

Selected publications:

Koning, Pierre and Maarten Lindeboom, 2015, The Rise and Fall of Disability Enrolment in the Netherlands, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 29(2), 151-172.

Koning, Pierre and Arthur van de Meerendonk, 2014, The Impact of Scoring Weights on Price and Quality Outcomes: An Application to the Procurement of Welfare-to-Work Contracts, European Economic Review, 71, 1-14.

Koning, Pierre and Karen van der Wiel, 2013, Ranking the Schools: How School-Quality Information Affects School Choice in the Netherlands, Journal of the European Economic Association, 11(2), 466-493.

Webbink, Dinand, Pierre Koning, Suncica Vujić and Nicholas Martin, 2013, Why are criminals less educated than non-criminals?, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 29(1), 115-144.

Koning, Pierre and Michiel van Leuvensteijn, 2004, The effects of home ownership on labour mobility in the Netherlands, Journal of Urban Economics, 55(3), 580-596.

Course objective

The design of the different programs of the welfare state (such as unemployment insurance, disability insurance and health care) an enormous impact on the individual well being and individual behavior.
The design of social insurances is complicated by a trade- off between providing a decent coverage to the population and the existence of moral hazard and adverse selection problems. Together with economic and demographic changes such as aging this provides challenges for policy makers. In this course, we will consider the contribution economists can make to the design of equitable and efficient social policies in the presence of such challenges.

After following this course, you:

– Have an overview of the different welfare state models that exist in the modern world
– Understand the consequences of the welfare state for individual behavior and individual well- being
– Are able to use economic arguments for government intervention in different parts of the welfare state
– Are able to evaluate welfare state programs and to apply economic arguments to advise (policymakers) on how to improve welfare state programs that face economic and demographic challenges.

Course content

This course discusses the Welfare State and social insurances and policies in the field of unemployment, disability, pensions, sickness and the provision of health care. The design of social insurances is complicated by a trade- off between providing a decent coverage to the population and the existence of moral hazard and adverse selection problems. Together with economic and demographic changes such as aging his provides challenges for policy makers. There exist marked differences in institutions of the Welfare Systems across OECD countries and these differences may be of relevance in explaining across country variation in relevant social outcomes. In this course, we will consider the contribution economists can make to the design of equitable and efficient social policies in the presence of such challenges.

Course reading

To be announced.

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