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Liberalisation of the Dutch notary profession; reviewing its scope and impact


  • Nicole Kuijpers

    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Joëlle Noailly

    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Ben Vollaard

    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)


This study provides an overview of the policy of liberalisation that transformed the Dutch notary profession into one of the least regulated in Europe. We discuss the changes brought with the new Notary Act of 1999, the political debates and lobbying preceding the introduction of the Act, and its impact on the profession. We go into the likely effects on key indicators, including entry, notary fees and the (perceived) quality of service. We place the Dutch experiences in an international context by comparing the Dutch notary profession to the organisation and regulation of the profession in other countries, including the US, Quebec, Germany and Belgium.

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  • Nicole Kuijpers & Joëlle Noailly & Ben Vollaard, 2005. "Liberalisation of the Dutch notary profession; reviewing its scope and impact," CPB Document 93, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpb:docmnt:93

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    Cited by:

    1. Arruñada, Benito, 2017. "Property as sequential exchange: the forgotten limits of private contract," Journal of Institutional Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 13(04), pages 753-783, December.
    2. Richard Nahuis & Joëlle Noailly, 2005. "Competition and quality in the notary profession," CPB Document 94, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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    • K23 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Regulated Industries and Administrative Law

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