Name: Reyer Gerlagh
Position: Professor of Environmental Economics
Year of birth: 1969
Place of birth: (Surinam)
Affiliation: Tilburg University
Research interests include the International Dimension of Environmental Policy, Climate Economics with a focus on energy transitions, Concepts of Sustainability, Natural Resources, Corruption and Economic Growth, and Endogenous Technological Change and Environmental Policy.
In 1999 Reyer Gerlagh received his PhD in economics. His research won him a prestigious scholarship, the “Vernieuwingsimpuls”, a grant of € 650,000 by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He visited Oslo, January-June 2006, by invitation from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to work at the Centre of Advanced Studies on the interaction between environmental policy and technology. From 2006 to 2009, he held a chair in Environmental Economics at Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. Reyer Gerlagh is now Professor at Tilburg University, associate editor of ERE and Energy Economics, and coordinating lead author of the fifth assessment report of the IPCC, WG III. He has published many articles on climate change policy, technological change, sustainability, natural resources, and the green paradox.
777 citations in ISI Web of Science internal database of international refereed journals, per Sep 2014
h-index = 19 in ISI Web of Science internal database of international refereed journals (Sep 2014)
Entering top 40 in various ranking lists in J.C. van Ours and F. Vermeulen, 2007, “Ranking Dutch Economists”, in De Economist 155: 469-487.
Theory and Environment Workshop: "Cake eating with private information", 3 March 2016, University of Oslo
Value Added in Motion Seminar: "CO2 embedded in trade: trends and drivers", 14 May 2015, University of Milan
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Seminar: "A simple formula predicts the SCC remarkably well", Oct 2013, Potsdam
Toulouse Tiger Forum: "Carbon prices for the next thousand years", 5-7 June 2013, Toulouse
Grantham Research Institute (LSE) Seminar: "A simple formula predicts the SCC remarkably well", 13 March 2013, London
Invited panellist at Discussion Round Table: Can We Afford Green Policies During an Economic Downturn?, 27 June 2012, Prague
Oxcarre Seminar Series (Oxford University), "Carbon prices for the next thousand years", 14 Feb 2012
Oslo University Seminar Series, “Public investment as commitment”, 19 September 2011.
Toulouse University Economics Department Seminar Series, “Public investment as commitment”, 11 April 2011, Toulouse
Paris Environmental and Energy Economics Seminar, “Energy abundance and industry location”, 17 March 2011, Paris
5th Energy Economics Policy Seminar on Innovation and Environmental Policy, The Hague: “Scarcity Creates Innovations; Uncertainty Breeds Evasions” , 17 June 2010.
FEEM-IEFE seminar (Bocconi University), Milan: “Energy Abundance and Industry Location” , 10 June, 2010.
Invited chair at special session on discounting, EAERE annual conference, Amsterdam, 24-27 June 2009
Keynote speech at St Andrews Economic Forum, 3 May 2008: “When oil crisis meets climate change”
Seminar Series Economics Department University of Birmingham. "Strategic Oil Dependence", 12 Feb 2008
Lab4energy, "Climate Change", introductary first lecture in web-course for secondary school students, 19 March 2013, Internet
L.S.V. Minerva (students' corps), "Lekker Warm?" (in Dutch), 26 June 2012, Leiden
Energie Event Brabant, "De Toekomstige Brabantse Energievoorziening" (in Dutch), 30 May 2012, 'sHertogenbosch
Jonge Democraten (regional youth department of political party D66), "De Toekomstige Nederlandse Energievoorziening" (in Dutch), 23 April 2012, Breda
Theresialyceum (secondary school), "Duurzame economische groei, wat is dat?" (in Dutch), 8 Feb 2012, Tilburg
Econometrics Assets (alumni corps), "Climate change policy as commitment", 8 Nov 2011, Tilburg
Inaugural address (in Dutch), “Waar eindigt duurzame groei?”, 26 november 2010, Tilburg
Kinderuniversiteit, “Lekker warm” (in Dutch), presentation for primary school children, 8 November 2010, Tilburg University.
1986 6th Prize Dutch Mathematics Olympiad
1987 Bronze Medal International Mathematics Olympiad, Cuba
1987 1st Prize Dutch Physics Olympiad
1988 Silver Medal International Physics Olympiad, Austria
2001-2005 Vernieuwingsimpuls; 5 year grant for innovative research (650,000 EUR)
2003 The Energy Journal's Best Paper Award, jointly with Onno Kuik for paper on "Trade Liberalisation and Carbon Leakage"
2006 Research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo, of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Research group: "Environmental Economics: Policy Instruments, Technology Development, and International Cooperation".
2007 SENSE PhD Award (€ 1.000) for Elissaios Papyrakis, PhD student I supervised
2003 Guest editor (jointly with C. Carraro and B.C.C. van der Zwaan) for Special issue on "Economic Modelling of Environmental Policy and Endogenous Technological Change", Resource and Energy Economics 25, Issue 1.
2004-present Associate Editor Energy Economics
2006 Co-promotor E. Papyrakis on The Political Economy of King Midas: Resource Abundance and Economic Growth (pdf file, 1500kb), 15 June 2006 (SENSE PhD Award 2007, € 1.000)
2006 Invited guest lecturer at the EAERE summer school, Computable General Equilibrium Modeling in Environmental and Resource Economics, 25-30 June 2006, Venice.
2006-2009 Member Scientific Board TranSust.Scan project (EU)
2007-2009 Member of Editorial Board Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.
2007-2011 Associate Editor Environment and Resource Economics
2008 Promotor L. Pellegrini on Corruption, Development and the Environment (most-recent version: pdf-file, 660kb)
2008 Economic and Social Research Council Climate Change Fellowship Panel member
2008 Sustainable Consumption Institute Theme Leader<>
2010 Coordinator Benelux Mathematical Olympiad
2010-2013 Coordinating Lead Author Ch5, WG III, IPCC AR5
2011 Coordinator EAERE summer school, jointly with Matti Liski on Developments in Resources Economics
2011 Coordinator International Mathematical Olympiad, Amsterdam
2012 Principal lecturer Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies, 23-27 July.
2013-2014 Extended Core Writing Team (EWT) member of the Synthesis Report (SYR) of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).
2014 Promotor T. Michielsen
2014 Promotor I. van den Bijgaart
2017 Guest lecturer at the Rosario University Summer school, Climate and Macroeconomics, 2017, Bogota.
2018 Invited guest lecturer at the EAERE summer school, Sustainability and Climate Change, 2018, Venice.
1988-1992 Masters degree Econometrics cum laude, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1988-1993 Masters degree Mathematics cum laude, Vrije Universtiteit Amsterdam
1993-1998: Doctoral degree (PhD) Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (supervisors: Prof. dr. M.A. Keyzer and Prof. dr. H. Verbruggen)
1990-1992 Student-assistent of Prof. dr. G. van der Laan, Economics department, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
1993-2000 Junior Researcher, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
1999-2000 Deputy Programme Manager Modelling and Economic Analysis, IVM
2000-2006 Associate Professor Environmental Economics, IVM
2000-2005 Programme Manager International Environmental Economics, IVM
2005-2006 Deputy department head Economics and Technology, IVM
2006-2009 Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Manchester, Economics, UK
2009- Professor of Environmental Economics, Tilburg University, Economics, The Netherlands
DEMETER model version 1 (zip-file,3.739k). This zipfile contains 4 papers in international journals plus the versions of the model that have been used for the calculations of the graphs in the papers
A new version of the DEMETER model, with Carbon Capturing and Sequestration (CCS) (zip-file,1.695k). This zipfile contains the paper published in The Energy Journal (vol 27) (pdf), a technical model description (pdf), and the GAMS source codes plus Excell files with results.
A further update of DEMETER (zip-file,1.408k) with a bell-shaped leakage from CCS. Used for publication in Climatic Change 2009.
The DICE-OLG model is an extended version of the DICE model with an OLG structure. It is used for the publication in Energy Economics 29: 126-131. The zip file contains the paper + GAMS source code of the model + Excell file with figures.
The DICE-CCS model is an extension of the DICE2007 model by Nordhaus with a simple Carbon Capture and Storage representation with leakage. The zip file also contains an Excel file. Interesting question: how much leakage is allowed for CCS still to be valuable? It depends on the discounting you use. If interested, contact me.
Cake eating with private information, jointly with Matti Liski. CESifo Working paper series 5050
Public Investment as Commitment, jointly with Matti Liski. CESifo Working Paper No. 3330, Munich. Available through SSRN.
Precious metals. Jointly with Elissaios Papyrakis. (pdf-file, 144k) Early version available as FEEM Working Paper No. 131.2005. Early version also available through SSRN.
Gerlagh R. and M. Liski (2016), Consistent Climate Policies, accepted for JEEA. WP version: Carbon prices for the next thousand years
Gerlagh R. and M. Liski (2016), Carbon prices for the next hundred years, accepted for publication in the Economic Journal, available as CESifo Working paper series 4671
Victor, D.G., R. Gerlagh, and G. Baiocchi (2014), Getting serious about categorizing countries, Science 345: 34-36.
Gerlagh R. and M. Liski (2011), Strategic Resource Dependence. Journal of Economic Theory: 146:699-727.
Papyrakis, E. and R. Gerlagh(2007), “Resource-Abundance and Economic Growth in the U.S.”, European Economic Review, 51:1011-1039. (pdf-file, 420k)
Gerlagh R. and M.A. Keyzer (2003) "Efficiency of conservationist measures; an optimist viewpoint", Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 46:310-333. (first 4 pages as pdf-file, 120k)
Gerlagh R. and B.C.C. van der Zwaan (2002) "Long-term substitutability between environmental and man-made goods", Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 44:329-345. (first 4 pages as pdf-file, 133k)
Gerlagh R. and M.A. Keyzer (2001) "Sustainability and the intergenerational distribution of natural resource entitlements" Journal of Public Economics 79(2): 315-341.(first 4 pages as pdf-file, 40k) (journal link to pdf-file, 187k)
Gerlagh, R. and O. Kuik (2014), Spill or leak? Carbon leakage with international technology spillovers: A CGE analysis., Energy Economics 45:381-388.
Gerlagh R. (2011), Too Much Oil. CESifo Economic Studies 57: 79-102.
Papyrakis,E. and R. Gerlagh (2004), “The resource curse hypothesis and its transmissions channels”, Journal of Comparative Economics 32:181-193.(first 10 pages, pdf-file, 180k)
Pellegrini,L. and R. Gerlagh (2004), “Corruption’s effect on growth and its transmission channels”, Kyklos 57: 433-462.(intro, pdf-file, 216k)
C. Carraro, B.C.C. van der Zwaan, and Gerlagh R. (2003), "Endogenous Technological Change in Economy-Environment Modeling, an Introduction", Guest Editors for Special Issue in Resource and Energy Economics, 25:1-10. (first 4 pages as pdf-file, 65k)
Gerlagh R., and B.C.C. van der Zwaan (2003), "Gross World Product and Consumption in a Global Warming Model with Endogenous Technological Change", Resource and Energy Economics, 25:35-57. (first 4 pages as pdf-file, 65k) Model used available through (zipped GAMS model, 104 k)
Gerlagh, R., van den Bijgaart, I., H. Nijland, and T. Michielsen (2016), Fiscal policy and CO2 emissions of new passenger cars in the EU, forthcoming in Environmental and Resource Economics.
van den Bijgaart, I., R. Gerlagh and M. Liski (2016) A simple formula for the Social Cost of Carbon,Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 77:75-94.
van der Zwaan, B.C.C., and R. Gerlagh (2016) Offshore CCS and ocean acidification: a global long-term probabilistic cost-benefit analysis of climate change mitigation, Climatic Change 137:157-170.
Gerlagh, R. and T.O. Michielsen (2015), Moving targets - cost-effective climate policy under scientific uncertainty, Climatic Change 132:519-529.
Gerlagh, R., N.A. Mathys, and T.O. Michielsen (2015), Energy abundance, trade and industry specialization”, The Energy Journal 37:27-37.
Gerlagh, R. S. Kverndokk, and K.E. Rosendahl (2014), The optimal time path of clean energy r&d policy when patents have finite lifetime, J. of Environmental Economics and Management 67: 2-19.
Gerlagh, R. (2014), Calculating the Social Costs of Carbon without knowing preferences Comment on “A rapid assessment model for understanding the social cost of carbon”, Climate Change Economics 5:1450004 [7 pages] DOI: 10.1142/S2010007814500043.
Gerlagh R. and T. Sterner (2013), Rio+20: Looking Back at 20 Years of Environmental and Resource Economics. Environmental and Resource Economics 54: 155-159.
Gerlagh, R. and T.O. Michielsen (2012), "The Green Paradox", entry 158 in "Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resource, and Environmental Economics", edited by De Zeeuw et al., forthcoming by Elseviers.
Van Heerden, J.H., R. Tol, R. Gerlagh, J.N. Blignaut, S. Hess, M. Horridge, M. Mabugu, R. Mabugu, M. de Wit and T. Letsoalo (2012), "Double Dividends of Additional Water Charges in South Africa", pages 254-267 in "Nature's Wealth", edited by Pieter van Beukering, forthcoming by Cambridge University Press, UK.
Gerlagh R. and B.C.C. van der Zwaan (2012), Evaluating Uncertain CO2 Abatement over the Very Long Term. Environmental Modeling and Assessment 17: 137-148.
Mulatu A., R. Gerlagh, D. Rigby, and A. Wossink (2010), Environmental Regulation and Industry Location in Europe, Environmental and Resource Economics 45: 459-479.
Gerlagh R., S. Kverndokk and K.E. Rosendahl (2009),”Optimal Timing of Climate Change Policy; Interaction between Carbon Taxes and Innovation Externalities”. Environmental and Resource Economics 43:369-390.
Van der Zwaan, B. and R. Gerlagh (2009), The economics of geological CO2 storage and leakage. Climatic Change 93:285-309. DEMETER Model code and output files available (zipfile, 1.1MB). See also comment on our paper in same issue.
Pellegrini L. and R. Gerlagh, (2008), “Causes of Corruption: a survey of Cross-Country analyses and extended results”, Economics of Governance, 9:245–263.
Gerlagh R., (2008), “A Climate-Change Policy Induced Shift from Innovations in Carbon-Energy Production to Carbon-Energy Savings”, Energy Economics, 30: 425-448.
Gerlagh R., (2007), “ The level and distribution of costs and benefits over generations of an emission stabilization program”, Energy Economics 29: 126-131. Click here (257k) for the paper + GAMS source code of the model + Excell file with figures.
Gerlagh, R., (2007), “Measuring the value of induced technical change”, Energy Policy 35: 5287-5297.
Pellegrini L. and R. Gerlagh, (2006), “Corruption, Democracy and Environmental Policy: an Empirical Contribution to the Debate”, Journal of Environment and Development, 15 (3): 332-354. (pdf-file, 107k)
Papyrakis, E. and R. Gerlagh (2006), “Resource Windfalls, Investment, and Long-Term Income”, Resources Policy 31: 117-128, (pdf-file, 268k).
Gerlagh R. and B.C.C. van der Zwaan (2006), Options and Instruments for a Deep Cut in CO2 Emissions: Carbon Capture or Renewables, Taxes or Subsidies?, The Energy Journal, 27:25-48.(pdf-file, 248k)
Van der Zwaan, B.C.C. and R. Gerlagh (2006), “Climate Sensitivity Uncertainty and the Necessity to Transform Global Energy Supply Energy”, Energy 31: 2235-2251. (pdf-file, 283k)
Pellegrini L. and R. Gerlagh, (2006), Corruption and environmental policies: what are the implications for the enlarged EU?, European Environment 16:139-154.(pdf-file, 359k)
Van Heerden, J.H., R. Gerlagh , J. Blignaut, M. Horridge , S. Hess, R. Mabugu, and M. Mabugu (2006), "Searching for triple dividends in South Africa: Fighting CO2 pollution and poverty while promoting growth", The Energy Journal, 27(2): 113-141. (pdf-file, 313kb
Gerlagh R., (2006), “ITC in a Global Growth-Climate Model with CCS. The Value of Induced Technical Change for Climate Stabilization”,The Energy Journal, Special issue on Induced Technological Change and Climate Change, 55-72. (pdf-file 1.270k)
Van Heerden, J., J. Blignaut, M. Mabugu, R. Gerlagh, S. Hess, R.S.J. Tol, M. Horridge, R. Mabugu, M. de Wit and T. Letsoalo (2006), ‘Redistributing Environmental Tax Revenue to Reduce Poverty in South Africa: The Cases of Energy and Water’, South African Journal of Economic and Management Science, 9 (4), 537-552. (paper, pdf-file, 376k)
Gerlagh R., and W. Lise (2005), Carbon taxes: a drop in the ocean, or a drop that erodes the stone? The effect of carbon taxes on technological change, Ecological Economics 54: 241-260. (paper, pdf-file, 266k)
Gerlagh R. and M.A. Keyzer (2004) "Path dependence in a Ramsey model with resource amenities and limited regeneration", Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 28: 1159-1184. (pdf-file, 382k)
Gerlagh R., B.C.C. van der Zwaan, M.W. Hofkes, and G. Klaassen (2004), “Impacts of CO2 taxes when there are niche markets and learning by doing”, Environmental and Resource Economics 28:37-394. (intro + concl, pdf-file, 120k)
Gerlagh R., and B.C.C. van der Zwaan (2004), “A sensitivity analysis on timing and costs of greenhouse gas abatement, calculations with DEMETER”, Climatic Change 65:39-71.(intro + concl, pdf-file, 246k)
Kuik O., and R. Gerlagh (2003), "The effect of trade liberalization on carbon leakage under the Kyoto Protocol", The Energy Journal 24(3):97-120. (first 4 pages as pdf-file, 24k)
Gerlagh R. and E. Papyrakis (2003) "Are the economic costs of (non-)stabilising the atmosphere prohibitive? A comment", Ecological Economics 46:325-327. pdf-file (161 k) (extracted pages, 145k)
Gerlagh R., R. Dellink, M.W. Hofkes, and H. Verbruggen (2002), "A Measure of Sustainable National Income for the Netherlands", Ecological Economics 41: 157-174. (first 4 pages as pdf-file, 75k)
van der Zwaan B.C.C., R. Gerlagh, G. Klaassen, and L. Schrattenholzer (2002), Endogenous technological change in climate change modeling, Energy Economics, 24:1-19, 2002. (first 4 pages as pdf-file, 56k) Model used available through (zipped GAMS model, 333 k)
Gerlagh R. and B.C.C. van der Zwaan (2001) "The effects of ageing and an environmental trust fund in an OLG model on carbon emission reductions", Ecological Economics 36(2): 311-326.(first 4 pages as pdf-file, 72k)
Gerlagh R. and M.A. Keyzer (2001) "Limits to growth theory", Ch. 13, pp 219-232 in Coordination and Growth, Essays in Honour of Simon Kuipers, eds. G. H. Kuper, E. Sterken and E. Wester, Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht. (pdf-file, 161k)
Verbruggen H., R.B. Dellink, R. Gerlagh, M.W.Hofkes, and H.M.A. Jansen (2001) "Alternative calculations of a sustainable national income according to Hueting" in Economic Growth and Valuation of the Environment,edited by E.C.van Ierland, J.van der. Straaten, and H.R.J. Vollebergh. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.
Gerlagh R. and B.C.C. van der Zwaan (2000), "Overlapping Generations versus Infinitely-Lived Agent; The Case of Global Warming", pages 301-327 in The long-term economics of climate change, Volume 3, edited by Richard Howarth and Darwin Hall, JAI Press, Stamford, Connecticut. (pdf-file, 250k)
Gerlagh R. (2000), "Discounting and sustainability in applied IAMs", pages 315-326 in Efficiency and Equity of Climate Change Policy, edited by Carlo Carraro, Kluwer, Dordrecht. (pdf-file, 46k)
Gerlagh R (1998), The efficient and sustainable use of environmental resource systems, Thela Thesis, Amsterdam. (thesis: English summary / Dutch summary)
Alcamo, J., G.J.J. Kreileman, J.C. Bollen, G.J. van den Born, R. Gerlagh, M.S. Krol, A.M.C. Toet, H.J.M. Vries (1996), "Baseline scenarios of global environmental change" in Global Environmental Change 6: 261-303.
Islam, S. M. N.: Optimal growth economics - an investigation of the contemporary issues and the prospect for sustainable growth, 510 pp., Elseviers Science BV, Amsterdam, 2001. Reviewed by R. Gerlagh and L. Pellegrini (2003), Journal of Economics 79(2): 199-201. (pdf-file, 84k)
Swedish Research Council, Norwegian Research Council, Canadian Research Council, Federal Services for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs (OSTC, Belgium), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), member of ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellowship Commissioning Panel (UK).
"Integrated Assessment of Sustainable Waste Management", 6 October 1998, Bangalore, India. Main organisation by R. Gerlagh, jointly with local institutes, ISEC, Institute for Social and Economic Change, and IIFM, Indian Institute of Forest Management.
"Economic Modelling of Environmental Policy and Endogenous Technological Change", 16-17 november 2000, Trippenhuis, Amsterdam. : Zwaan B.C.C. van der, R. Gerlagh, C. Carraro, G. Klaassen.
EAERE summer school on Developments in Resource Economics, 3-9 July, 2011.