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prof. dr. R. Gerlagh

Full Professor 

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Economics

Papers in progress

Global demographic change and climate policy, CESifo Working Paper No. 6617. (Theory)

Resource-Richness and Economic Growth in Contemporary U.S. forthcoming as CESifo Working Paper (Empirical)

Climate policy commitment devices, JEEM WP 49.2017 (Experiment)

Cake eating with private information, CESifo Working Paper series 5050 (Theory)

Going green, framing effects in a dynamic coordination game, Center Discussion Paper Series 2015-054 (Experiment).



The main research topics include climate economics, sustainability, exhaustible resources,  environmental policy and trade, technological change and costs of environmental policy. Gerlagh is also involved in academic policy discussions.

Research is both theoretical (formal), as empirical (econometric), as applied (simulations). Theory papers include studies on the exhaustible resource market (strategic resource dependence), studies on the relation between the market for fossil fuels and climate change policy (the green paradox), and studies on climate policies, preferences, risk, demography. Empirical research considers the effect of energy policy on the location of energy-intensive industries, the effect of vehicle regiistration policies on verhicle purchases, the effect of natural resources on growth. An example of applied research calculates the cost reductions that can be reached through learning effects for renewable energy sources in climate change policy (here), the effect of myopic preferences on credible climate targets, and a simple formula for the social costs of carbon.


Principal publications

  • R. Gerlagh and M. Liski (2016), Consistent Climate Policies. Accepted for publication in Journal of the European Economic Association. WP: CESifo 3855.
  • R. Gerlagh and M. Liski (2016), Carbon prices for the next hundred years. Accepted for publication in the Economic Journal. WP: CESifo 4671.
  • van den Bijgaart, I., R. Gerlagh and M. Liski (2016) A simple formula for the Social Cost of Carbon, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 77:75-94.    
  • Victor, D.G., R. Gerlagh, and G. Baiocchi (2014), Getting serious about categorizing countries, Science 345: 34-36.
  • Gerlagh R. and M. Liski (2011), Strategic Resource Dependence. Journal of Economic Theory: 146:699-727.  

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Last amended: 04 December 2017