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"Announcing Climate Policy: Can a Green Paradox Arise without Scarcity? " CESifo working paper 3307 (co-authors: Yacov Tsur and Amos Zemel).

"Uncertain Climate Policy and the Green Paradox" The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Center for Agricultural Economic Research. Discussion paper 1.10. (co-authors: Yacov Tsur and Amos Zemel).

"Absolute Abundance and Relative Scarcity: Announced Policy, Resource Extraction, and Carbon Emissions" FEEM discussion paper 92.2008 (co-authors: Corrado Di Maria and Edwin van der Werf).

"How discounting and growth can be good for the environment" (presentation in Toulouse, May 2007) .

Economic Growth

"Varieties and the Terms of Trade" CPB discussion paper 2009-127 (co-author: Free Huizinga).

"Bonding and Bridging Social Capital and Economic Growth" CentER discussion paper 2009-27 (co-author: Sjoerd Beugelsdijk).

"Technological Distance, Growth and Scale Effects", Economic Journal, July 2002 (revised version of CentER DP 9802), co-author: Pietro Peretto.

"Monopolistic Competition and Economic growth " (with Theo van de Klundert), Forthcoming in: S. Brakman and B.J. Heijdra, Eds. The Monopolistic Competition Revolution in Retrospect. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

"Convergence and the Welfare Gains of Capital Mobility in a Dynamic Dixit-Stiglitz World", Revision December 2001, forthcoming in: S. Brakman and B.J. Heijdra, Eds. The Monopolistic Competition Revolution in Retrospect. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

"The Skill Premium, Technological Change and Appropriability", Journal of Economic Growth 7, 137-156, co-author: Richard Nahuis.

"Loss of Technological Leadership of Rentier Economies" Journal of International Economics 54, May 2001, 211-231, co-author: Theo van de Klundert.

"Groei vraagt om historisch besef" ESB 23-3-2001

"Groei en Vriendschap" (Growth and Friendship, with summary in English), in: Henk Klok, Ton van Schaik and Sjak Smulders (eds) "Economologues, liber amicorum voor Theo van de Klundert", Tilburg, 2001.

"Growth Theory in Historical Perspective", Contents


  • Tilburg University, PhD, Economics, 1994
  • Brabants Conservatorium, BA music (organ), 1991
  • Tilburg University, Drs. (cf. MA), Economics, 1990


  • Present Full Professor of Economics Tilburg University, since April 2006 (on leave  2006-2008)
  • Ajunct Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Calgary, since December 2008.  
  • Full Professor of Economics and Svare Chair of Energy Systems Analysis, Department of Economics and Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and the Economy, University of Calgary, 2006-2008
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Tilburg University, April 2001 to April 2006 (tenured as of May 2002).
  • Fellow Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), April 1999 to March 2004
  • Fellow Netherlands Network of Economics (NAKE), 1998 to present.
  • Fellow CentER Graduate School, Tilburg University, September 1994 to present.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, Stanford University, USA, September 1995 to June 1996
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Tilburg University, May 1994 to March 2001


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External accreditation

Research grants

  • "Academie-onderzoeker" Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), April 1999 to March 2004 (5 years full salary).
  • "persoonsgerichte post-doc subsidie" NWO (Dutch Scientific Research) research grant, July 1996 - June 1998 (2 years full salary).

Research supervision

Thesis supervision

  • Gerard van der Meijden. ?The Macroeconomic Dynamics of Trade Liberalization, Resource Exploitation, and Backstop Technologies? Tilburg University, PhD Defence May 15, 2013. (Jenny Ligthart? was original promotor; Gerard is currently at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Christian Bogmans. ?Essays on International Trade and the Environment.? Tilburg University, PhD defence June 1, 2011. (currently at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  •  Armando Zavaleta ?Government, Lobbies, International Cooperation and the Environment?, University of Calgary December 2011 (co-supervisor; Joanne Roberts supervisor)

  • Itzi Lazkano. University of Calgary, ??Intergenerational externalities, Economic Growth and the Environment?. June 2011 ((co-supervisor; Francisco Gonzales supervisor; Itzi is currently at Department of Economics at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee).

  • Piotr Stryszowski. ?Essays on Growth and Migration? Tilburg University. PhD Defence December 2009. (currently at OECD, Paris).

  • Juan Moreno-Cruz. ?Essays on the economics of Geoengineering? Defended at University of Calgary, December 2009. (currently at Georgia Tech)

  • Edwin van der Werf ?Climate change policy and endogenous technological change?. PhD defence December 5, 2008. (currently at Wageningen Research University)

  • Corrado Di Maria ?Choosing the direction: Essays on Directed Technical Change, Trade and the Environment?. PhD defence October 27, 2006. (currently at University of East Anglia)

  • Martin Kahanec ?Essays on Social Interaction and Earnings Inequality?. Defended February 2006. (currently at Central European University, Budapest)

Member Ph.D. dissertation committees

  • Augustin Pérez-Barahona, "Economic growth and the use of non-renewable energy resources", CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve, October 2006
  • Alexandra Leitao, Universidade Nova Lisboa, May 2006
  • Bas Straathof, Maastricht University, April 2005
  • Frédéric Tournemaine "Capital humain, financement de la recherche, fécondité et croissance économique" Université de Toulouse 1, March 2004
  • Bas van Groezen "The Wealth of Generations; Ageing, Pensions, and Welfare from a Macroeconomic Perspective" Tilburg University 2003
  • David Vávra "Essays in International Economics" CERGE-EI Prague, 2003.
  • Luc Rougé "Ressources Non-renouvelables, Pollution et Croissance", Université de Toulouse I, 2002
  • Sangeeta Bansal "Environmental Regulation in the Presence of Environmnetally Conscious Consumers", Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, 2002
  • Richard Nahuis "Knowledge and Economic Growth", Tilburg University, 2000
  • Poul Schou "Endogenous Growth, Nonrenewable Resources and Environmental Problems", Copenhagen University, 1999
  • Rob Aalbers "On the Implications of Thresholds for Economic Science and Environmental Policy", Tilburg University, 1999
  • Erik Canton ""Economic Growth and Business Cycles", Tilburg University, 1997


Conferences organized

  • Co-chair Scientific Program Committee, 4th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, Montreal June/July 2010.
  • International Conference "Sustainable resource use and Economic Dynamics" Ascona, Switzerland, June 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, in collaboration with ETH Zuerich.
  • Symposium "Waarden en Normen in de economie", Tilburg, 23 March 2001.
  • International conference "Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade, IV", Tilburg University, in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School, July 1999. Symposium "Groei en Instituties", Tilburg, February 1997.

Invited lectures, conference and workshop presentations

  • "Sustainability and Wealth Accounting" Invited lecture at WIFO, Vienna, November 2013.

  •  New Industrial Revolution conference, The RSA, London October 1, 2013, invited lecture.

  •  Grantham Research Institute/Global Green Growth Institute Green Growth, macroeconomics workshop, London September 30, 2013, invited lecture.

  •  SEEK Workshop Dublin, September 2013, invited lecture.

  •  20th Annual conference EAERE, Toulouse, June 2013.

  • Growth and Macroeconomics Workshop, Sophia Antipolis, June 2013, invited lecture.

  •  Staff Seminar, Institute for the World Economy, Kiel, March 2013, invited lecture.

  • Oxcarre seminar, Oxford University, February 2013, invited lecture.

  • Research seminar, University of Cologne, November 2012, invited lecture.

  • Final conference of the PAKT project ?Economics of an integrated and long-term climate and energy policy? Potsdam, November 2012. Keynote lecture.

  • SEEK Workshop ZEW Mannheim, September 2012.

  • 19th Annual conference EAERE, Prague, June 2012.

  • Paris Environmental and Energy Economics Seminar, March 2012, invited lecture.

  • Worldbank conference on Green Growth, Mexico City, January 2012, invited lecture.

  • Research seminar Department of Economics, University of Birmingham, November 2011, invited.

  • Research seminar IIES Stockholm, October 2011, invited.

  • 2011 Environmental Economics and Climate Change (EECC) Workshop at University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, September 2011, invited lecture.

  • 18th Annual conference EAERE, Rome, June 2011.

  • Research seminar, University Siegen, Germany, June 2011, invited lecture.

  • Conference ?Macro Economics and the Environment: Climate Change, Policy Design, and Sustainability?. Arizona State University, May 2011, invited lecture.

  • OECD-WB Conference ?Challenges and policies for promoting inclusive growth?, Paris March 2011, invited lecture.

  • ZEW/PIK Workshop Modeling Economic Growth in Integrated Assessment, Potsdam December 2010, invited lecture.

  • Area Conference on Energy and Climate Economics, CES-Ifo, Munich October 2010.



Undergraduate level

Tilburg University

  • Gowth and Development, 2004, fourth year Economics students
  • Growth and Technology, 2005-2001, third year Economics students (before 2005 in Dutch)
  • Environmental Economics 2009, 2005, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, third year Economics students
  • Macroeconomics, Nov-Dec 1999, April-May 1999, for exchange students in development economics program
  • Macroeconomics, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, third year Economics students (in Dutch)
  • "Society, Culture and Economy" 2008 Liberal Arts program
  • Economic Growth, 1996, UCME students
  • Microeconomics, 1994, UCME students
  • Econ 101 (writing focus course on environmental economics), voorjaar 1996, Stanford University, seniors.
  • Econ 52 (intermediate macroeconomics), winter 1995, herfst 1995, Stanford University, mainly juniors and seniors.

Graduate level

  • Macroeconomics, 2009, 2005, 2001, CentER Graduate School core course.
  • Dynamic Macroeconomics, 2006, 2004: NAKE* field course
  • Endogenous Growth Theory, 1998, 2002: NAKE* topics course. Awarded best NAKE* teacher of the year and best NAKE*-course of the year (2002).
  • International Trade, Growth and the Environment 2001, 2004, NAKE* topics course. Awarded best NAKE* course of the year 2001.
  • Environmental Policy and Problems, 1999, 1998, NAKE* topics course.
  • *NAKE: Netherlands Network of Economics, Dutch national graduate program in Economics and Econometrics in the Netherlands. This network is a joint initiative of the six Economics Faculties in the Netherlands and is responsible for most Dutch field and topics courses at Graduate level in The Netherlands.


Thesis supervision

  • Bachelor theses
  • Master theses
  • PhD theses.

J.A. Smulders teaches the following subjects:

Teaching activities elsewhere

Undergraduate level

  • Theory and Policy of Economic Development (Econ 537): University of Calgary
  • Econ 101 (writing focus course on environmental economics), spring 1996, Stanford University, mainly seniors
  • Econ 52 (intermediate macroeconomics), winter 1995, autumn 1995, Stanford University, mainly juniors en seniors.

Graduate and Post-graduate (invited lecturing, in English)

  • Seminar Environmental Economics (Econ 677): University of Calgary Field course
  • Three lectures, University of Calgary, April 2005 (PhD students)
  • EAERE/FEEM/VIU European Summer School in resource and environmental economics, Venice July 2004 (30 PhD students).Awarded best teacher of the summer school
  • 1st Atlantic Workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics "Economic Modelling of Climate Change Policies" A Toxa, Spain, September 2004, Invited Lecture (4 hours, 40 PhD students/Professors)
  • International Summerschool "Innovation for Sustainable Development", Seeon, Germany, September 2002 (20 PhD students)
  • Five Lectures, Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics, Heidelberg, Germany, January 14-24, 2001 (25 PhD students)
  • Workshop on Growth and the Environment, Wuerzburg, Germany, November 2001 (15 PhD students)
  • Two lectures, Delhi, Delhi School of Economics, February 2000 (25 students/Professors)

Other University Service

  • Student Activity Subsidy committee (August 2004-present).
  • Recruitment committee "Arie Kapteyn chair" (March 2004-present).
  • Coordinator Education Macro, CentER Graduate school (July 1999-present).
  • Organising Economics seminars and workshops (July 1999-April 2004).
  • Co-editor CentER discussion paper series 1997-2002.
  • Member "Interim Coordination Group" Expertise Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development (1996-1997).

Other activities

Research Visits

  • University of Kiel, February 2009.
  • University of Calgary, April 2005.
  • Université I de Toulouse, October 2003; March 2004, October 2005.
  • ETH, Zurich, April-May 2003.
  • Department of Economics, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 2001.
  • Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics, Heidelberg, Germany, January 2001.
  • Delhi School of Economics (DSE) and Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi, and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai (Bombay), India, February-March 2000.
  • University of Greifswald, Germany, November 1999.
  • Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: January 1995.
Professional Activities
  • CPB Academic partner 2008-2009.
  • Managing editor Resource and Energy Economics, as of September 2005 (together with Jason Shogren).
  • Associate editor Environmental and Resource Economics, October 2003 August 2006 (70 papers handled).
  • Member, Editorial Council of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (January 2000- September 2001; January 2004-present)
  • Associate editor, Journal of Economics, as of January 2005
  • Ad hoc reviewer: American Economic Review, BE press Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, De Economist, Ecological Economics, Econometrica, Economic Journal, Energy Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environment and Development Economics, European Economic Review, European Journal of Political Economy, Finanz Archiv, German Economic Review, Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of economic Studies, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Health Economics, Labour Economics, Macroeconomic dynamics, Optimal Control Application and Methods, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Review of Economic Studies, Environment and Development Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics, Oxford Economic Papers, RAND Journal of Industrial Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, Review of International Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Southern Economic Journal.
  • Book proposals reviewer: Kluwer, Princeton University Press.
  • Project proposals reviewer: NAKE, METEOR, ECIS, NWO, Institute of Advanced Studies Vienna, FWF
Contribution to scholarly or professional associations
  • Member of the Council of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) (2006-2009)
  • Membership Scientific Committees:
  • Member, Scientific Committee Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006-2009.
  • Member, Program Committee European Economic Association (EEA) annual congress, 2000, 2002.
  • Member, Scientific Committee, World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2002, 2006.
  • Atlantic Workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics, rede (University of Vigo) and the Spanish Association for Energy Economics (AEEE), September 2004

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