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Research interests

Herman Vollebergh is professor of Economics and Environmental Policy at Tilburg University (Department of Economics, Tilburg Sustainability Centre and CentER) and Senior Research Fellow at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. He is also CESifo Research Fellow in München. His teaching, research and consulting interests are in the area of environmental and public economics. His current research covers a broad range of topics including the design and effects of market based incentive mechanisms, like taxation, subsidies and tradeable permits in the energy or waste market, (environmental) cost-benefit analysis, long run relationship between emissions and income, and the effect of environmental policy on technological change. Finally, he has always been strongly involved in applying his academic work to the policy community including the OECD, European Union and the Dutch government. Recently he completed studies on energy investment credits, energy and resource taxation in the Netherlands, reform proposals for EU ETS, and the use of standards to spur eco-innovation.

For my research publications see: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1782710  or https://ideas.repec.org/e/pvo45.html#details


2016-      Professor Economics and Environmental Policy, Tilburg University

2013-      Network Research Fellow CESifo

2010-      Research Fellow Tilburg Sustainability Centre 

2010-      Associated Fellow CentER, Tilburg School of Economics 

2007-     Senior Research Fellow PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Institute 

2005-2009  Research Fellow Tinbergen Institute  Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

1989-2007  Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, EUR

1992-2004  Research Fellow, Research Center for Economic Policy (OCFEB), EUR

1995-1997  Visiting Assistant Professor Environmental Economics, Tilburg University

1986-1989  University Teacher, Department of Social Sciences, EUR

PhD supervision

Member of PhD Committees at: 

Ecole des Mines Paris (A. Dechezlepêtre, 2009),

Erasmus University (S. Dominguez Martinez, 2007),

KU Leuven (S. de Jager, 2011; M. Dubois, 2013),

Tilburg University (S. Sen, 2014 and I. van den Bijgaart, 2016) 

VU University (A. Dimitropoulos, 2016 en J. Jansen, 2019),

Universiteit Delft (D. Diaz Arias 2018)

Universiteit Groningen (T. Jong 2018)


External positions

Contribution to report on Green Taxation in the Netherlands (Vereniging voor Belastingwetenschap)

1 May 20191 Sep 2020

Member Policy Outreach Committee (Association of Environmental and Resource Economics)

1 Jan 20181 May 2024

Lectures Environmental Economics Bachelor (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)

1 Jan 20071 Jan 2024


  • Environmental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Economics Of Innovation
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Energy Economics
  • Environmental Taxation
  • Renewable Energy


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