Coen Teulings


Coen Teulings (1958) is professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge and part-time Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam. He served 7 years as president of CPB, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, the influential ‘Financial Thinktank of the Dutch Government’ that decides on what is affordable in The Hague or not and that does the evaluation of platforms of political parties prior to general elections. Previously, he was CEO of SEO Economic Research in Amsterdam from 2004 until 2006, Professor of Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and director of the Tinbergen Institute from 1998 until 2004.

He became Master of Economics cum laude at the University of Amsterdam in 1985 and in 1990 he got his PhD. His main publications are in the field of labour economics (minimum wages, returns to education and income inequality, job search, marriage markets in cities, and recently on returns to seniority in Econometrica).

Beside his main job, he was a member of the REA, an independent Council of Economic Advisors for the House of Commons and he chaired several committees, e.g. the committee that framed the new examination high school program economics. He is member of a number of supervisory boards and he recently joined the Advisory Panel of the OBR.

He writes a bi-weekly column in the NRC Handelsblad.


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Transition to Slower Population Growth: Demography and its Effect on Real Interest Rates

Paper Conference paper | | Dec 2017

The past 30 years has witnessed a worldwide decrease in real interest rates. We demonstrate that a large part of the fall in interest rates can be explained by changes in demography, which are as the result of a sudden fall in fertility rates across all of the advanced economies in the early 1970s.

Secular stagnation, bubbles and the legacy of the contraceptive pill

Article | Oct 28, 2016

Oral contraception created a population that, today, is disproportionately inclined to save, resulting in low to negative real interest rates. Excess eurozone savings can only be accomodated by raising sovereign debt levels

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Is Slow Growth the “New Normal”?

If So, What Are the Policy Solutions?

Event Conference | Hosted by Secular Stagnation | Dec 15, 2017

Distinguished Scholars Including Larry Summers and Adair Turner Present Evidence of the Trend and Policy Solutions