Dear professor Thelen,
Thank you for your interview in the Dutch Volkskrant October 26.
It will be useful for you to know that there is censorship of economic science in Holland, namely by the directorate of the Dutch Central Planning Bureau (CPB) since 1990.
That censorship pertains to the very subject that you study. See my book DRGTPE (with PDF):
Economists in Holland don’t do anything about that censorship. Since 2004 I advise to a boycott of Holland till the issue is resolved. See:
The Vrije Universiteit that granted you your honorary doctorate is a hotbed in contributing to that censorship and its cover up. The CPB director who started the censorship is Gerrit Zalm, VU graduate who became later a professor there, who became minister of Finance and who now is CEO of ABN AMRO. His close VU colleague is Frank den Butter, now retired, but see here:
I advise you to return that honorary doctorate and keep some distance from those enemies of scientific freedom.
And I would welcome the idea that you would study DRGTPE and support my advice to boycott Holland till the censorship of science there is lifted.
Thomas Cool / Thomas Colignatus
Econometrician (Groningen 1982) and teacher of mathematics (Leiden 2008)
PS. For Dutch readers: this misleading article by Barbara Vis (VU).