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Research interests

The main research topics include climate economics, sustainability, exhaustible resources,  environmental policy and trade, technological change and costs of environmental policy. Gerlagh is also involved in academic policy discussions.

Research is both theoretical (formal), as empirical (econometric), as applied (simulations). Theory papers include studies on the exhaustible resource market (strategic resource dependence), studies on the relation between the market for fossil fuels and climate change policy (the green paradox), and studies on climate policies, preferences, risk, demography. Empirical research considers the effect of energy policy on the location of energy-intensive industries, the effect of vehicle regiistration policies on verhicle purchases, the effect of natural resources on growth. An example of applied research calculates the cost reductions that can be reached through learning effects for renewable energy sources in climate change policy (here), the effect of myopic preferences on credible climate targets, and a simple formula for the social costs of carbon.


In 1999 Reyer Gerlagh received his PhD in economics. In 2001, he received the Vernieuwingsimpuls, a prestigious grant of ? 650,000 by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his innovative research. He has published in many international journals, and as a co-promotor he has guided his PhD students to various published papers. For January-June 2006, he has been invited by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to Oslo to come to the Centre of Advanced Studies to join a research group on the interaction between environmental policy and technology. Between September 2006 and 2009, he held the chair in Environmental Economics at Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. Reyer Gerlagh is now Professor at Tilburg University and associate editor of ERE and Energy Economics, and member of the editorial board of JEEM

Current courses

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  • Energy Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics
  • Climate Change

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Research Output 1996 2019

Can the social cost of carbon be calculated? Yes.

Gerlagh, R. & Heijmans, R. J. R. K., Dec 2019, Contemporary Climate Change Debates: A Student Primer. Hulme, M. (ed.). 1st ed. Abingdon: Routledge, p. 65-70

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Climate-conscious consumers and the buy, bank, burn program

Gerlagh, R. & Heijmans, R. J. R. K., Jun 2019, In : Nature Climate Change. 9, p. 428-432

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
emissions trading
European Union

Economic freedom, internal motivation, and corporate environmental responsibility of SMEs

Graafland, J. & Gerlagh, R., Nov 2019, In : Environmental and Resource Economics. 74, 3, p. 1101-1123

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
small and medium-sized enterprise

Economics of Installing a CO2 Tax in the Dutch Tax System

Gerlagh, R., van Tilburg, R., Withagen, C., van Wijnbergen, S. & Carton, L., Apr 2019, Tilburg. 22 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Open Access
tax system

Endogenous Emission Caps Always Induce a Green Paradox

Gerlagh, R., Heijmans, R. J. R. K. & Rodendahl, K. E., 7 Oct 2019, CESifo Working Papers, 39 p. (CESifo Working Paper; vol. 7862).

Research output: Working paperOther research output

Emissions trading
Trading systems
Demand shocks

Activities 2004 2012

  • 4 Editorial activity

Environmental and Resource Economics (Journal)

R. Gerlagh (Editorial board member)
2012 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Environmental and Resource Economics (Journal)

R. Gerlagh (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Journal of Economics (Journal)

R. Gerlagh (Editor)
Jan 2005 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Energy Economics (Journal)

R. Gerlagh (Editor)
2004 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Projects 2010 2013

Essays in environmental economics

Michielsen, T. O. & Gerlagh, R.


Project: Research project