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  • Publication . Research . 2010
    Open Access Dutch; Flemish
    Authors: 
    Hogenaar, A.Th.; Dijk, E.M.S.; de Vries, R.E.; Voorbij, H.J.;
    Publisher: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW)
    Country: Netherlands

    The NARCIS portal (www.narcis.nl) in the Netherlands provides access to research information information (information about research; researchers; research institutions) and scholarly information ((full-text) publications and datasets). The usage figures for the portal are high, namely 1.2 million users on an annual basis (2008). In order to gain more insight into those users and their ideas and wishes with regard to NARCIS, the Research Information Department of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) took the initiative in 2009 to conduct a user survey that consists of three components: two online surveys and a series of interviews. The report consists of two parts: the results of the research and the appendices containing, among other things, the questionnaires and the interview script.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Dieleman, Bas;
    Publisher: SSRN e-library
    Country: Netherlands

    For the purpose of this research, pension cuts are defined as a decrease in retirement benefits currently paid to retired citizens and (2) a decrease in accumulated pension rights related to past years of service. This paper focusses on such pension cuts in public pensions and employer sponsored private pensions in all Member States and the U.K. (hereafter the Member States) Similar to pension cuts is the adjustment of pensions to inflation or wage increase. As a result, such adjustments are included in the research. The research also includes many recent pension reforms in the Member States.

  • Restricted English
    Authors: 
    Bekker, Sonja; van der Meer, Marc; Muffels, R.J.A.; Wilthagen, Ton;
    Publisher: CROME, University of Brighton, Brighton.
    Country: Netherlands
  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Dorotic, Matilda;
    Publisher: University of Groningen, SOM research school
    Country: Netherlands
  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Sinha Roy, Debdatta; Defryn, Christof; Golden, Bruce; Wasil, Edward;
    Publisher: Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics
    Country: Netherlands
  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Robert Chirinko; Harry Garretsen; Elmer Sterken;
    Country: Netherlands

    This paper exploits several unique institutional features in the Dutch system of corporate control to examine the relations among investor protections, concentrated ownership, and firm performance. Four conclusions emerge. First, controlling shareholders do not appear to ameliorate corporate governance problems to any great extent. Second, the identity of ownership matters; when a firm is controlled by a few large individual shareholders, firm performance suffers. Expropriation costs are very high for this type of investor. Third, and somewhat at odds with the bulk of the prevailing literature, performance is enhanced when the firm is freed of equity market constraints. These results are consistent with recent theoretical models emphasizing that too much oversight can be detrimental to performance by forcing firms to underinvest in physical or human capital. Fourth, we distinguish between voting rights providing the means for intervening in firm affairs and cash flow rights providing the required motivation. Considering both rights are important for the empirical results. Apart from its substantive contributions, the paper develops a new four-step estimation strategy to control for the reverse causation problem plaguing econometric studies of corporate control mechanisms and firm performance.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Citanna, A.; Cres, H.; Dreze, J.; Herings, P.J.J.; Villanacci, A.;
    Publisher: METEOR, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics
    Country: Netherlands
  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Bos, Iwan;
    Publisher: Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics
    Country: Netherlands

    Few today would doubt the need for competition rules in a free, marked-based society like the United States of America. From a free market philosophy perspective, however, there is something inherently paradoxical about the presence of competition policy. After all, the competition laws that are intended to combat restraints of trade are, in fact, themselves restraints of trade and their enforcement implies extensive government intervention. It is argued that competition policy is nevertheless compatible with the free market philosophy when the free market system would effectively disappear without it and it is shown that this possibility was considered real in the history of U.S. competition law enforcement. U.S. competition policy stimulates free market survival by shaping market structure and by promoting the free market spirit. Both make American competition policy consistent with the free market philosophy and consequently provide a moral justification for its presence.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Jacobs, Jan; Tassenaar, Vincent;
    Publisher: s.n.
    Country: Netherlands
    Project: NWO | Mapping the stability and... (30115)

    Recent contributions to growth theory stress the importance of localized innovation for the performance of more backward countries. In earlier papers, analyses by means of DEA techniques confirmed this intuition. In this paper, we extend this type of analysis by relaxing the macroeconomic viewpoint adopted until now. New databases on output, labor and capital input in the agricultural and manufacturing sector are developed for 40 countries. Using intertemporal DEA, it is found that changes in the global production frontier are localized at high levels of capital intensity. This result is stronger in agriculture than in manufacturing. Further, a decomposition of labor productivity growth in eight Asian countries for the period 1975-1992 into the effects of capital intensification, knowledge assimilation and innovation is made. The results suggest that there is a particular development path in which increases in capital intensity appear to be a prerequisite to benefit from international technology spillovers.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Wiegmans, Bart W.; Nijkamp, Peter;
    Publisher: FEWEB
    Country: Netherlands

    The main purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for existing- and newly proposedinter-modal freight terminals in their business planning process. This framework is importantfor constructing- and improving the central terminal service portfolio of handling (loading,discharging, and transhipping) and storage of containerised cargo. Supportive activities (e.g. administration, customs) are taken into account as well.In particular, its aim is to investigate whether business planning offers a good approach for terminal operators in order to construct and improve their terminal service portfolio. The specific problem addressed here is as follows: To what extent is Business Planning useful for terminal operators inorder to be able to construct and improve their intermodal freight terminal service portfolio?Questions that will be answered in this paper are: who is the principle agent in the combinedtransport channel? How can the terminal operator improve its market power in the combinedtransport chain? Should the terminal operator seek a take-over with a European logisticsservice provider? Should the terminal operator look for a merger with a physical transportcompany? Should the terminal operator look for acquisitions of other freight terminals? Theterminal operator should look for a take-over by a global player? The conclusion of this paper is that business planning offers an excellent opportunity to terminal operators to betterconstruct and operate their terminal service portfolio. The main conclusions are that:

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  • Publication . Research . 2010
    Open Access Dutch; Flemish
    Authors: 
    Hogenaar, A.Th.; Dijk, E.M.S.; de Vries, R.E.; Voorbij, H.J.;
    Publisher: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW)
    Country: Netherlands

    The NARCIS portal (www.narcis.nl) in the Netherlands provides access to research information information (information about research; researchers; research institutions) and scholarly information ((full-text) publications and datasets). The usage figures for the portal are high, namely 1.2 million users on an annual basis (2008). In order to gain more insight into those users and their ideas and wishes with regard to NARCIS, the Research Information Department of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) took the initiative in 2009 to conduct a user survey that consists of three components: two online surveys and a series of interviews. The report consists of two parts: the results of the research and the appendices containing, among other things, the questionnaires and the interview script.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Dieleman, Bas;
    Publisher: SSRN e-library
    Country: Netherlands

    For the purpose of this research, pension cuts are defined as a decrease in retirement benefits currently paid to retired citizens and (2) a decrease in accumulated pension rights related to past years of service. This paper focusses on such pension cuts in public pensions and employer sponsored private pensions in all Member States and the U.K. (hereafter the Member States) Similar to pension cuts is the adjustment of pensions to inflation or wage increase. As a result, such adjustments are included in the research. The research also includes many recent pension reforms in the Member States.

  • Restricted English
    Authors: 
    Bekker, Sonja; van der Meer, Marc; Muffels, R.J.A.; Wilthagen, Ton;
    Publisher: CROME, University of Brighton, Brighton.
    Country: Netherlands
  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Dorotic, Matilda;
    Publisher: University of Groningen, SOM research school
    Country: Netherlands
  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Sinha Roy, Debdatta; Defryn, Christof; Golden, Bruce; Wasil, Edward;
    Publisher: Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics
    Country: Netherlands
  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Robert Chirinko; Harry Garretsen; Elmer Sterken;
    Country: Netherlands

    This paper exploits several unique institutional features in the Dutch system of corporate control to examine the relations among investor protections, concentrated ownership, and firm performance. Four conclusions emerge. First, controlling shareholders do not appear to ameliorate corporate governance problems to any great extent. Second, the identity of ownership matters; when a firm is controlled by a few large individual shareholders, firm performance suffers. Expropriation costs are very high for this type of investor. Third, and somewhat at odds with the bulk of the prevailing literature, performance is enhanced when the firm is freed of equity market constraints. These results are consistent with recent theoretical models emphasizing that too much oversight can be detrimental to performance by forcing firms to underinvest in physical or human capital. Fourth, we distinguish between voting rights providing the means for intervening in firm affairs and cash flow rights providing the required motivation. Considering both rights are important for the empirical results. Apart from its substantive contributions, the paper develops a new four-step estimation strategy to control for the reverse causation problem plaguing econometric studies of corporate control mechanisms and firm performance.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Citanna, A.; Cres, H.; Dreze, J.; Herings, P.J.J.; Villanacci, A.;
    Publisher: METEOR, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics
    Country: Netherlands
  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Bos, Iwan;
    Publisher: Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics
    Country: Netherlands

    Few today would doubt the need for competition rules in a free, marked-based society like the United States of America. From a free market philosophy perspective, however, there is something inherently paradoxical about the presence of competition policy. After all, the competition laws that are intended to combat restraints of trade are, in fact, themselves restraints of trade and their enforcement implies extensive government intervention. It is argued that competition policy is nevertheless compatible with the free market philosophy when the free market system would effectively disappear without it and it is shown that this possibility was considered real in the history of U.S. competition law enforcement. U.S. competition policy stimulates free market survival by shaping market structure and by promoting the free market spirit. Both make American competition policy consistent with the free market philosophy and consequently provide a moral justification for its presence.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Jacobs, Jan; Tassenaar, Vincent;
    Publisher: s.n.
    Country: Netherlands
    Project: NWO | Mapping the stability and... (30115)

    Recent contributions to growth theory stress the importance of localized innovation for the performance of more backward countries. In earlier papers, analyses by means of DEA techniques confirmed this intuition. In this paper, we extend this type of analysis by relaxing the macroeconomic viewpoint adopted until now. New databases on output, labor and capital input in the agricultural and manufacturing sector are developed for 40 countries. Using intertemporal DEA, it is found that changes in the global production frontier are localized at high levels of capital intensity. This result is stronger in agriculture than in manufacturing. Further, a decomposition of labor productivity growth in eight Asian countries for the period 1975-1992 into the effects of capital intensification, knowledge assimilation and innovation is made. The results suggest that there is a particular development path in which increases in capital intensity appear to be a prerequisite to benefit from international technology spillovers.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Wiegmans, Bart W.; Nijkamp, Peter;
    Publisher: FEWEB
    Country: Netherlands

    The main purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for existing- and newly proposedinter-modal freight terminals in their business planning process. This framework is importantfor constructing- and improving the central terminal service portfolio of handling (loading,discharging, and transhipping) and storage of containerised cargo. Supportive activities (e.g. administration, customs) are taken into account as well.In particular, its aim is to investigate whether business planning offers a good approach for terminal operators in order to construct and improve their terminal service portfolio. The specific problem addressed here is as follows: To what extent is Business Planning useful for terminal operators inorder to be able to construct and improve their intermodal freight terminal service portfolio?Questions that will be answered in this paper are: who is the principle agent in the combinedtransport channel? How can the terminal operator improve its market power in the combinedtransport chain? Should the terminal operator seek a take-over with a European logisticsservice provider? Should the terminal operator look for a merger with a physical transportcompany? Should the terminal operator look for acquisitions of other freight terminals? Theterminal operator should look for a take-over by a global player? The conclusion of this paper is that business planning offers an excellent opportunity to terminal operators to betterconstruct and operate their terminal service portfolio. The main conclusions are that:

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