Research Master in Social Sciences (cum laude), University of Amsterdam

Bachelor in Sociology, Utrecht University and Lund University (Erasmus exchange)


English (fluent), Dutch (native), Swedish (fluent), Polish (intermediate), French (intermediate), Spanish (intermediate).

Machteld Bergstra


Machteld Bergstra is an Economist at CASE. She finished a research master in Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and holds a bachelor in Sociology from Utrecht University. She completed part of her education at Lund University and the University of Mannheim and undertook research internships at the Social Science Research Council in New York City and the Bureau of Research and Statistics at the City of Amsterdam as part of her master’s degree.

Prior to joining CASE, Machteld worked as a senior policy advisor at the Directorate-General for Tax & Customs Policy and Legislation at the Dutch Ministry of Finance. In that role, she took part in OECD negotiations concerning new rules on the sharing of tax information of gig economy workers, evaluated the effectiveness of the Dutch system of housing, health care and childcare subsidies and drafted new tax legislation in response to the Panama Papers. Machteld previously worked at the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service, Office for Serious Fraud, Environmental Crime and Asset Confiscation as a policy advisor, where she evaluated the effectiveness of penalties in environmental criminal cases and represented the Netherlands Prosecution Service in the OECD Working Group on Bribery. Immediately after finishing her degree, Machteld was a tutor and researcher at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

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