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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.

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  • Since 2016 Professor Economics and Environmental Policy, Tilburg University
  • Since 2013 Network Research Fellow CESifo
  • Since 2010 Research Fellow Tilburg Sustainability Centre
  • Since 2010 Associated Fellow CentER, Tilburg School of Economics
  • Since 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

Rik Rozendaal (2020-2024)

Victor Mylonas (2022-2026)


Current courses

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External positions

Knowledge support (Ringland Academie)

30 Sept 20231 Sept 2024

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

1 May 201929 Feb 2024

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

1 Jan 20181 Sept 2025

Senior Research Fellow (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving)

1 Jan 201331 Dec 2025


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


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