Wouter Vermeulen

Wouter Vermeulen works for the Health & Social Policy unit of SEO Amsterdam Economics since 2020 and heads this unit as of January 1, 2022. He has previously worked for almost twenty years for CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, in several capacities. Wouter is a motivated researcher with a broad scope and a strong scientific background, who connects well with policy and practice.

At SEO, Wouter managed several research projects in the domain of healthcare and social security, for instance on the distribution of municipal funds for social assistance and on risk adjustment for health insurers. As program manager Health at CPB, he was involved in spending projections and in the costing of policy proposals. As program manager Decentral governments, he was involved in local public finance and municipal policy in the social domain. Furthermore, he has broad expertise in the domain of urban economics and the housing market.

Alongside his career at CPB, Wouter was assistant professor at VU University, where he wrote a thesis on housing supply, land use regulation and regional labour markets, and he was affiliated to the Spatial Economics Research Centre, London School of Economics. His work appeared in prominent scientific outlets, such as Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Economica and International Tax and Public Finance.


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