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Schiphol Amsterdam Airport: fewer flights or becoming more sustainable?

Environmental & noise measures, including a higher air passenger tax, are much better for the broad welfare than shrinking Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. Both options reduce emissions and noise, but the effects on emissions are larger in the environment & noise variant. These positive effects outweigh the direct costs for Dutch air passengers, airlines and Royal Schiphol Group.

Aviation Sustainability Cost-benefit analysis



Evaluation of the Private Seed Sector Development (PSSD) programme in Burundi

SEO and MDF were commissioned by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Burundi to assess the impact of its Private Seed Sector Development (PSSD) programme. The primary goal of the programme was to elevate and transform the private seed value chain in Burundi, ensuring that farmers gain improved access to high-quality, certified seeds, thereby significantly enhancing their productivity and incomes.

Economics of development



External Evaluation of the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development

At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), SEO conducted an external evaluation of the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD), in cooperation with our partner MDF.

Economics of development



The social contribution of family businesses in the Netherlands

Family businesses think in generations and strive for continuity, which leads to positive social outcomes.

Labour market



Strategic board decision-making. A pilot classroom experiment in executive compensation

Pay incentives affect group strategy discussions and decisions. Using a pilot classroom experiment with MBA students, we find that boards change their strategies based on incentives.

Financial markets Corporate Governance



Evaluation IFC’s Women in Work Program

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) commissioned SEO Amsterdam Economics (SEO) and the Kandy Consulting Group (KCG) to conduct an impact evaluation of its Women in Work (WiW) program in Sri Lanka. The evaluation showed that the program was relevant and effective and contributed to creating change towards gender equality at the level of individuals, firms, as well as at public institutions.

Labour market Development Cooperation Inequality

2023-104A + 2023-104B


Labor and social security in Sint Maarten

Labor and social security reforms in Sint Maarten: a balanced feasible and sustainable approach

Social security and pensions Labour market



Social security in Sint Maarten

Social security in Sint Maarten: towards a strengthened system

Social security and pensions



Impact students and alumni FEB-UvA

SEO conducted research on the impact of economics master's alumni at regional and national level. This is a brief overview of the results, obtained from research using CBS Microdata.

Labour market



Lifestyle and excess mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic

Excess mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic is higher among individuals with an unhealthy lifestyle. Half of the Dutch population is overweight, and within this group between 70 and 98 percent of excess mortality occurs.

Social security and pensions Healthcare