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    5037 AB Tilburg


1993 …2019
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Personal profile

Research interests

Daan van Soest is an environmental economist who focuses on using behavioral insights and (field-) experimental methods to assess and improve the effectiveness of environmental policy making – in developed countries, and also in developing countries. 



  • Since September 2013: Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Tilburg Sustainability Center;
  • January 2009 - August 2013: Professor of Environmental Economics at VU University Amsterdam (0.6 fte);
  • June 2006 - August 2013: Associate Professor, Tilburg University (0.4 fte from Jan. 1, 2009, onwards);
  • July 1998 - May 2006: Assistant Professor at Tilburg University (tenured since Jan. 1, 2004);
  • October 1997 - June 1998:Economic Advisor to the General Secretary of ATIBT, Association Technique des Bois Tropicaux, Paris. Coordination of sustainable forest management projects in tropical rainforests;
  • September 1993 - September 1997: Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Economics at Groningen University (The Netherlands).

Current courses

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PhD supervision


(Co)supervisor of PhD theses:

- Rahel Kitessa (with E.C.M. van der Heijden; May 22, 2018);

- Justin Dijk (with J.H. Ansink; July 2, 2015);

- Haki Pamuk (with E,H. Bulte; September 9, 2014);

- Jan Stoop (with Ch. Noussair; March 16, 2011);

- Andries Richter (with J. Grasman; March 4, 2011);

- Jetske Bouma (with A.J. de Zeeuw and E.H. Bulte; February 1, 2008)


  • Environmental Economics
  • Social Dilemmas
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Development
  • Experimental Economics
  • Social Innovation

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gadoid fishery Earth & Environmental Sciences
asymmetric information Earth & Environmental Sciences
community resource management Earth & Environmental Sciences
complementarity Earth & Environmental Sciences
social capital Earth & Environmental Sciences
natural resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
ecosystem service Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1993 2019

On the role of group size in tournaments: Theory and evidence from lab and field experiments

List, J. A., van Soest, D., Stoop, J. T. R. & Zhou, H., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Management Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Tournament theory
Lab experiment
Field experiment
Group size
Incentive schemes

Toward an understanding of the welfare effects of nudges: Evidence from a field experiment in the workplace

Bulte, E. H., List, J. A. & van Soest, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Economic Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Transparency and Financial Inclusion: Experimental Evidence from Mobile Money (revision of CentER DP 2018-042)

Dalton, P., Pamuk, H., Ramrattan, R., van Soest, D. & Uras, B., 6 Nov 2019, Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research, 73 p. (CentER Discussion Paper; vol. 2019-032).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperOther research output

Financial inclusion
Payment instruments


van Soest, D., Gerlagh, R. & Smulders, S., 1 Nov 2018, Klimaatbeleid: Kosten, Kansen en Keuzes. van Soest, D. P., Smulders, J. A. & Gerlagh, R. (eds.). Koninklijke Vereniging voor de Staatshuishoudkunde, Vol. Preadviezen 2018. p. 6-7 (Preadviezen van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Staathuishoudkunde).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Klimaatbeleid: Kosten, Kansen en Keuzes: Preadviezen 2018

Translated title of the contribution: Climate Policies: Costs, Opportunities and Choicesvan Soest, D. (ed.), Smulders, S. (ed.) & Gerlagh, R. (ed.), 1 Nov 2018, Den Haag: Koninklijke Vereniging voor de Staatshuishoudkunde. 178 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook editing

Projects 2001 2015

The co-evolution of renewable natural resources and informal institutions, and the implications for government policy design

van Soest, D., Noussair, C. N., Stoop, J. T. R. & Vyrastekova, J.


Project: Research project

Biodiversity and economics for conservation

Bulte, E. H., Bargiacchi, R., van Soest, D. & Vyrastekova, J.


Project: Research project