Lex Meijdam
1985 …2022

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Research interests

Lex Meijdam is professor of economics. His field is macroeconomics and public economics. His research interests are: the macroeconomic effects of ageing, intergenerational transfers (including pensions and government debt), fertility, migration, public capital, education.


Professional experience:

  • Professor of Economics, Tilburg University (1999 - present)
  • Professor of Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2001-2002, 0 fte)
  • Assistant professor, Department of Economics,Tilburg University (1990 - 1999)
  • Assistant professor, Institute of Economics, Nijmegen University (1986 - 1990)
  • Research assistant, Department of Econometrics, Tilburg University (1984 - 1986)
  • Student assistant, Department of Econometrics,Tilburg University (1981 - 1984)

Management experience:

  • Academic Lead Academic Collaborative Center Widespread Prosperity (2022-)
  • Interim Dean Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University (2021-2023)
  • Interim Dean Tilburg School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Tilburg University (2020-2021)
  • Academic Lead Academic Collaboratory Wellbeing (Brede Welvaart), Tilburg University (2020-present)
  • Academic Director BSc Economics and Business Administration, Tilburg University (2019-2020)
  • Member supervisory board Network for Studies of Pensions, Ageing and Retirement (2017-present)
  • Member superisory board specal chair:
    • Organization of health care chains Bert Meijboom (sponsor: Jeroen Bosch Hospital)
    • Economics and Environmental Policy Herman Vollebergh (sponsor: PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency)
    • Pension and Risk Management Theo Nijman (sponsor: Instituut GAK)
    • Economics of Collective Pension Plans Eduard Ponds (Sponsor: APG)
  • Member foundation board Network for Studis of Pensions, Ageing and Retirment (2016-2017)
  • Chairman Steering group Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (2016-2018)  
  • Dean Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University (2013-2019)
  • Member supervisory board CentER Data (2013-2018)
  • Member supervisory board Development Research Institute (IVO), Tilburg University (2013-2017) 
  • Director Research Programme on Innovation and Growth in Low Income Countries, financed by the Department for International Development (2013-2017)
  • Head of the department of Economics,  Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University (2006-2012)
  • Scientific Director Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing, and Retirement (Netspar)(2006-2009)
  • Vice Dean Education, Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University (2002-2006)
  • Chairman board Netherlands Network of Economics (NAKE) (2005-2010)
  • Director Netherlands Network of Economics (NAKE ) (1999-2002)
  • Chairman faculty Council Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University (2000-2002)
  • Founder and first director International Economics and Finance program, Tilburg University (1998-1999)
  • Member Program Committe CentER Graduate School of Economics, Tilburg University (1995-1999)

Other professional activities

  • Fellow Center for Economic Research (CentER), Tilburg University
  • Resreach fellow Network for Studies of Pensions, Ageing and Retirment (Netspar)
  • Member editorial review board Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences
  • Researcher Netspar topicality project NDC pensions: an alternative for the Netherlands? (2021-2022)
  • Researcher in CPB/Netspar project Low Interest Rates and Pensions, commisioned by the Minister of Soocial Affairs and Employment (2020)
  • Researcher Netspar research theme Multi-pillar pensions and macroeconomic performance (2009-2014).
  • Member AACSB initial accreditation peer review team: 
    • Turku School of Economics, Finland (2019)
    • Bilkent University, Turkey, (2006)
  • Mentor AACSB for the preparation of the initial accreditation John Cabot University, Rome (2019-2020)
  • Member advisory board Tilburg University Society (2011-2013)
  • Member NWO Evaluation Committee Free Competition Economics (2008, 2010)
  • Member Program Committee CentER Graduate School of Economics, Tilburg University, 1995-1999)
  • Member Council of the Faculty of Economics and Busines Administartion, Tilburg University (1993-1997) 
  • Referee for European Economic Review, International Economic Review, Journal of Economics and Control, Journal of Economics, Jounal of Public Economics, Journal of Population Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, Compuational Economics, Manchester School, Oxford Economic Papers, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Journal of pension Economics and Finance

Current courses

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PhD supervision

Supervision PhD students

  • Martijn van de Ven, thesis: Intergenerational Redistribution in Representative Democracies; defended at Tilburg University, 1996 (with Harrie Verbon).
  • Theo Leers, thesis: Public Pensions and Population Ageing: An Economic Analysis of Fertility, Migration and Social-security Policy; defended at Tilburg University, 2001 (with Harrie Verbon).
  • Bas van Groezen, thesis:The Wealth of Generations: Ageing, Pensions and Welfare from a Macroeconomic Perspective;defended at Tilburg University, 2003 (with Harrie Verbon).
  • Daniel Haile, thesis: Inequality, Redistribution, and Growth; defended at Tilburg University, 2005 (with Harrie Verbon).
  • Judith Lammers, thesis: HIV/AIDS, Risk and Intertemporal Choic. The HIV Anticipatory Saving Motive, defended at Tilburg University, 2008.
  • Yvonne Adema: thesis: The international spillover effects of ageing and pensions, defended at Tilburg University, 2008 (with Harrie Verbon)
  • David Hollanders, thesis: The effect of aging on pensions; defended at Tilburg University, 2012.
  • Igor Fedotenkov, thesis: Pensions and Ageing in a Globalizing World, defended at Tilburg University, 2012.
  • Jan Bonenkamp (CPB), thesis:  Risk, redistribution and retirement: the role of pension schemes, defended at Tilburg University, June 2013 (with Casper van Ewijk).
  • Peter van Oudheusden, thesis: Essays on Fiscal Policy, supervised by Jeny Ligthart, defended at Tilburg Unbiversity, 2013.
  • Maria Antonieta Sucre Reyes, thesis: Finance, Growth, and Social Fairness: evidence for latin America, defended at Tilburg University 2014 (with Henk van Gemert )
  • Emre Koc, thesis: Rationality, Decision Flexibility and Pensions, defended at Tilburg  University, 2015 (with Eline van der Heijden en Tobias Klein)
  • Marijke Bos, thesis: essays in Development Economics, supervised by Gonzague Vannoorenberghe, defended a Tilburg University, 2017.
  • Loes Verstegen, thesis: On fiscal and Monetary  Integration in Europe, defended at Tilburg University, 2017 (with Bas van Groezen)


(310148)   Seminar Generational Economics

External positions

Academic Partner (Centraal Planbureau)

1 Jan 20191 Jan 2021

Member supervisory board (Netspar)

2 Oct 2018 → …

Chairman of the board (Stichting Brede Scholen Boxtel)

15 Apr 2017 → …

Member Advice Council (OMO Scholengroep Boxtel)

1 Jan 2016 → …

Member (Instituut voor Ontwikkelingsvraagstukken (IVO))

14 Feb 20132 Oct 2018

Member supervisory board (Center Data)

1 Jan 201331 Dec 2018


  • Finance
  • Government Finance
  • Government Policy
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Finance
  • Ageing


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