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Cees Withagen (1950) got his master’s degree at Tilburg University in 1974 in Econometrics with a specialisation in mathematical economics. In 1984 he got his PhD degree at Tilburg University (cum laude). Currently, he is professor of environmental economics at VU University Amsterdam, Department of Spatial Economics in the School of Business and Economics. He is also fellow of Tinbergen Institute and CentER (Tilburg University).


Resource economics, environmental economics and international trade, sustainability, green income accounting, backstop technologies, Porter's hypothesis, evolutionary economics.


Environmental economics (classes and thesis supervision)


ERC Advanced Grant for "Combating Climate Change: The Political Economy of Green Paradoxes", 2011

ERC GP Research Proposal

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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