Dutch professors in economics

Supposedly, a Dutch professor in economics would be appalled when confronted with censorship of science at the Dutch Central Planning Bureau. There would be a protest, and there would be a discussion amongst professors resulting in more protests.

This however is not the case in Holland. Does this mean that there is no censorship ? No, as explained earlier, there is. Does this mean that there are no economics professors in Holland ? Apparently it does imply that. They are labelled and paid as “professor” but logic causes the observation that they must be ostriches who do not know what science is.

In the February 23 ranking of downloads for Dutch economists at LogEc, Peter Nijkamp is first with 73,500 downloads, I am 80th with 7,800 and Georges Hübner is 200th with 4,000. It doesn’t mean much but it helps to identify some Dutch professors and check their websites.

Professor Nijkamp‘s webpage does not show any protest against the censorship. Runner up Thorsten Beck’s webpage doesn’t either. Well, and so on. A bit interesting would be the webpage of Jakob de Haan (22,400 downloads) who teaches political economy, yet who doesn’t mention the censorship. A bit curious is the position of professor Sweder van Wijnbergen (12,400 downloads), who was Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs that oversees the Central Planning Bureau. His webpage explains that he had that position but doesn’t explain that the minister dismissed him for interfering into politics. My criticism is that he didn’t properly oversee the CPB. As an SG he spoke up while he should have been silent, while I as a scientist at CPB was speaking up as I should but was silenced. Professor Van Wijnbergen seem very confused in this issue. Interesting too is Mirjam van Praag (10,600 downloads) who is member of the Central Planning Committee (jointly with Paul de Grauwe from Belgium) which CPC has an advisory role for CPB. Van Praag‘s webpage doesn’t mention the censorship either.

Arjo Klamer is not in this top 200 but is famous again for a 1990 book on the (mis-) education of economists. His webpage does not mention the censorship. He advises: “’A monetary union without political union is impossible to maintain,’ economist Arjo Klamer said 20 years ago. And as Europe struggles to deal with the euro crisis, the EU countries are still too different to politically unite, Klamer told RT.” Well, my book DRGTPE explains that when each member state adopts an Economic Supreme Court then there is scope for a monetary union without a strong political union. But Klamer neglects the censorship and the argument in DRGTPE.

There is the internationally less known parttime professor Raymond Gradus, also head of the scientific bureau of the Christian Democratic party (CDA). Unfortunately, his webpage does not express his concern about the censorship of science in Dutch government.

There is the internationally well-known Rick van der Ploeg , Dutch / British, now in Oxford, who has been a member of Dutch government and a member of a review committee on the CPB, who does not mention the censorship.

In this Dutch text I explain that Dutch professors in economics better be dismissed for their lack of understanding of what censorship and integrity of science mean. Holland is better served by real scientists.

Foreign professors in economics who support the advice to boycott Holland till the censorship is resolved might perhaps greatly qualify to replace them. This would also support a greater use of English in academic education. Yet the fragmentation in languages in Europe isn’t as easily solved as censorship, we should, at least, hope.


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