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  • Warandelaan 2, Tias Building, room T 718

    5037 AB Tilburg


1985 …2018
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Personal profile

Research interests

Lex Meijdam is professor of economics an dean of the School of Economics and Management. 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:

  • Dean Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM)
  • Director Research Programme on Innovation and Growth in Low Income Countries, financed by the Department for International Development
  • 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)
  • Associate Dean Educational Programs, 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)
  • Member Faculty Council Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University, Tilburg University (1993-1997)


(310148)   Seminar Generational Economics

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, to be defended at Tilburg University, June 2013 ((with Casper van Ewijk).
  • Maria Antonieta Sucre Reyes (Universidad Mayor San Simon, Bolivia) thesis subject: Finance, competitiveness and economic growth in Bolivia (with Henk van Gemert and Wim Pelupessy)

External positions

Member of the board (Stichting Breda Scholen Boxtel)

15 Apr 2017 → …

Member Advice Council (OMO Scholengroep Boxtel)

1 Jan 20161 Jan 2019

Academic Partner (Centraal Planbureau)

1 Jan 20161 Jan 2017

Member (Instituut voor Ontwikkelingsvraagstukken (IVO))

14 Feb 2013 → …

Member (Center Data)

1 Jan 2013 → …


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

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Research Output 1985 2018

Does retirement flexibility provide a hedge against macroeconomics risks?

Adema, Y., Bonenkamp, J. & Meijdam, L. Jan 2018 In : Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. 17, 1, p. 1-22

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Capital markets

Ageing-driven pension reforms

Bonenkamp, J., Meijdam, L., Ponds, E. & Westerhout, E. Jul 2017 In : Journal of Population Economics. 30, 3, p. 953-976

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

pension reform
Population aging

Benefits of EMU Participation: Estimates using the Synthetic Control Method

Verstegen, L., van Groezen, B. & Meijdam, L. 28 Aug 2017 Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research, 66 p.(CentER Discussion Paper; vol. 2017-032)

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperOther research output

Real GDP
GDP per capita

Essays in development economics

Bos, M. 2017 Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research. 210 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access
Development economics
Product innovation
Developing countries

Het profijt van deelname aan de Euro

Verstegen, L., van Groezen, B. & Meijdam, L. 3 Oct 2017 In : Economisch Statistische Berichten. 102, 4754S, p. 33-37

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issueProfessional

Open Access

Activities 1997 1997

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course etc.
  • 1 Oral presentation

Economische effecten van infrastructuur

Meijdam, L. (Participant)
3 Jul 1997

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific

Workshop: Multidimensionale duurzaamheidstoets Stichting Natuur en Milieu

Meijdam, L. (Speaker)
17 Feb 1997

Activity: Oral presentationScientific


Meijdam, L. (Participant)
10 Jun 1997

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific

Aging and public pensions

Meijdam, L. (Speaker)
27 May 1997

Activity: Invited talkScientific

Conference/Workshop:Hoeveel ruimte geeft Nederland aan de luchtvaart?

Meijdam, L. (Speaker)
17 Sep 1997

Activity: Invited talkScientific

Projects 1998 2012

Experimental Macroeconomics

Pfajfar, D. & Meijdam, L.


Project: Research projectPersonal grants

The effect of aging on pensions

Hollanders, D. & Meijdam, L.


Project: Research projectDissertation research

Essays on fiscal policy

van Oudheusden, P., Meijdam, L. & Ligthart, J.


Project: Research projectDissertation research

Macroeconomics of pension reform

Fedotenkov, I. & Meijdam, L.


Project: Research projectDissertation research

The international spillover effects of ageing and pensions

Adema, Y. & Meijdam, L.


Project: Research projectDissertation research