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prof. dr. J.A. (Sjak) Smulders

Full Professor 

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Economics


Smulders' research examines the impact of environmental and energy policies on economic growth as well as the sources of economic growth in a variety of contexts. He has analysed under what conditions economic growth can be sustained without deteriorating environmental quality. Recent work has focused on the question whether the stimulation of technological change can reduce the cost of environmental policies in general and the cost of climate change and energy conservation policies in particular. Ongoing projects study the role of consumption and habits for growth and environment. Most of the work is based on small analytical models in the endogenous growth tradition. Other interests include public economics, economic history, and international trade.


Principal publications

  • Fueling growth when oil peaks: directed technological change and the limits to efficiency. European Economic Review 169, 18-39 (2014, with Francisco Andre Garcia).  
  • Growth theory and 'green growth'. Oxford Review of Economic Policy 30, 423-446 (2014, with Michael Toman and Cees Withagen).
  • Announcing climate policy: Can a Green Paradox arise without scarcity? Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 64, 364-376 (2012, with Yacov Tsur and Amos Zemel).  
  • A Paler Shade of Green? Environmental Policy under Induced Technical Change. Forthcoming in European Economic Review (2017, with Corrado Di Maria).  
  • Carbon Lock-in: the role of Expectations. Forthcoming in International Economic Review (November 2017, with Gerard van der Meijden).    

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Last amended: 01 November 2017