Brexit and Dutch Exports: Fewer glasshouses, more glass towers as agri-food shrinks and finance gains.

by Donal Smith, OECD Trade Directorate and Economics Department The Netherlands is likely to be one of the European countries that is going to be significantly affected by the United Kingdom’s planned departure from the European Union (Brexit). As an open economy with strong trade and investment links to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands is … More Brexit and Dutch Exports: Fewer glasshouses, more glass towers as agri-food shrinks and finance gains.

The rise of self-employment in the Netherlands: is the “polder model” at risk?

By Mark Baker, Netherlands Desk, OECD Economics Department The Netherlands has experienced a large rise in the number of individuals working as self-employed with the share in total employment rising rapidly over the past decade. This is the largest rise in the OECD countries. This contrasts with trends in most other OECD countries where the … More The rise of self-employment in the Netherlands: is the “polder model” at risk?

The refugee crisis: a challenge but also an opportunity for improving policies to integrate immigrants into the Dutch labour market

By Gabor Fulop, Analyst, & Rafal Kierzenkowski, Senior Economist The Netherlands Desk,  Country Studies, OECD Economics Department The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe has particularly affected the Netherlands. Asylum requests surged in 2015 to nearly 60 000 (Panel A), more than three times the yearly average of 2010-14. This is a significant challenge for the … More The refugee crisis: a challenge but also an opportunity for improving policies to integrate immigrants into the Dutch labour market