Ben Vollaard (Ph.D. RAND Graduate School) is associate professor at the Economics Department of Tilburg University, where he has been on the faculty since 2008. As of 2019, he leads the Fraud Detection and Prevention Lab.


My research revolves around the question how to prevent illegal behavior, corporate fraud in particular, in a (cost)effective manner. When studying this question, I focus on how situational factors affect behavior. For instance, an analysis of the universe of Coast Guard surveillance flights shows that if shipping crews discharge oily substances into the sea, they do so after sunset - when they are sure not to be convicted in court even when caught. In a completely different context, and based on a long-running field experiment at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, I show that people are less likely to soil the street when exposed to light. 


Recent publications

  1. Salience of law enforcement

    Dur, R., & Vollaard, B. (2019). Salience of law enforcement. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 93, 208-220.
  2. Temporal displacement of environmental crime - Evidence from marine o…

    Vollaard, B. (2017). Temporal displacement of environmental crime: Evidence from marine oil pollution. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 82, 168-180.
  3. The engine immobiliser - A non-starter for car thieves

    van Ours, J. C., & Vollaard, B. A. (2016). The engine immobiliser: A non-starter for car thieves. Economic Journal, 126(593), 1264-1291.
  4. De gevangenisstraf is ondergewaardeerd

    Vollaard, B. (2016). De gevangenisstraf is ondergewaardeerd. Me Judice.
  5. Paternalisme als reden voor overheidsingrijpen in een cursus welvaart…

    Vollaard, B. (2016). Paternalisme als reden voor overheidsingrijpen in een cursus welvaartseconomie. TPE Digitaal, 10(4), 5-12.

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