Who we are & what we do
Who we are
More than 70 years of experience
SEO Amsterdam Economics was founded in 1949, by the Economic Faculty of the University of Amsterdam, to encourage applied research. This makes SEO one of the Netherlands’ oldest economic research agencies. SEO Amsterdam Economics was transformed into a foundation independent from the University in the nineteen-eighties, although it retains close links with the academic community.
Our clients are many and varied: we work for ministries, companies and institutions in the non-profit sector, both nationally and internationally. SEO Amsterdam Economics is an independent organisation: as we are not linked to specific interests or parties, we are often requested to carry research into ‘open questions’. In general, SEO reports are made public to guarantee our autonomy and scientific quality.
SEO Amsterdam Economics is a medium-sized, horizontal organisation. We have a scientific staff of about 40, the majority of whom are economists or econometricians. As the occasion arises our staff carry out research in cooperation with scientists from other disciplines.
Science at SEO Amsterdam Economics
SEO aims to be a niche player in the market for contract research, which distinguishes itself by the high quality of its research. This niche position can only be maintained and strengthened by monitoring and improving the scientific quality of the research and of the staff.
There are two tracks to boosting quality and guaranteeing the scientific nature of our work:
- commissioned reports and
- publications by SEO staff in scientific journals.
In SEO reports insights from scientific economic literature are translated into and used in practical solutions for issues in government and business. SEO applies economic science to practical questions that the government and business want answered. The answers to these questions, the conclusions from our research, help clients when making important decisions.
In order to continually improve the scientific quality of SEO publications SEO undertakes scientific activities at a high level. Firstly, these involve the writing of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and secondly, our scientific research is presented at scientific conferences.
SEO spends a substantial budget to the scientific activities of SEO staff. This way, SEO aims to achieve a good synergy between contract research and its own scientific research, with the aim of guaranteeing the quality and scientific character of our organisation.