Bas Jacobs is the Sijbren Cnossen professor of public economics at the Erasmus School of Economics of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and CESifo. Jacobs' research crosses the borders of public finance, optimal taxation, welfare economics, macroeconomics, human capital theory and labor economics. He has been a tax policy consultant for the IMF and the World Bank. He regularly writes opeds and essays in main Dutch newspapers and magazines and he blogs on economics and politics.