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Harold Houba is associate professor of Economic Theory at the department of Econometrics and OR. He obtained his PhD at Tilburg University in 1994. Since 1992 Harold has been affiliated with the department of Econometrics and OR for most of the time with some exceptions. Autumn 1992, he was an Exchange Visitor at the Economics Department of Harvard University on the invitation of Prof.Dr. E.S. Maskin. And 2001 marked a four year window when he was affiliated with the Centre for World Food Studies. Harold is active as the SBE Honours Programme Coordinator.


Harold Houba has a broad research interest focussed around economic applications of Game Theory. Sometimes, this requires addressing deep methodological issues and making methodological contributions. Among his major research themes are methods in Bargaining Theory, Market Power and Economic Policy, International Environmental Agreements with applications to cooperation and conflict in the Mekong River basin and the water economics of international rivers. Within a one-year time window, he managed to publish book chapters in a prestigious volume for practioners of Competition Policy and the prestigious Handbook of Water Economics. In 2014, he co-organized the 9th Tinbergen Institute Conference: 70 Years Theory of Games and Economic Behavior.


Harold has very broad teaching experiences on many topics in Economic Theory such as Auction Theory, Bargaining Theory, Differential Games, Game Theory, Evolutionary Game Theory, Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Behavioral Economics, Neuroeconomics and Behavioural Game Theory. Students evaluate his courses well and often say to be inspired by Harold’s enthusiasm. Courses taught are at the bachelor and master level, and include courses for the Tinbergen Institute and the former Netherlands Network for Economics (NAKE).

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  • HB Economic Theory
  • Bargaining Theory; Game Theory; Competition Policy; International Environmental Agreements

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Research Output 1996 2018

Legal Principles in Antitrust

Houba, H. E. D., Motchenkova, E. I. & Wen, Q. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : The Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Pareto efficiency in the jungle

Houba, H., Luttens, R. I. & Weikard, H. P. 2017 In : Review of Economic Design. 21, 3, p. 153-161 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pareto efficiency
Gift giving

Damming Trans-boundary Rivers: A Welfare Analysis of Conflict and Cooperation

Zeng, Y., Houba, H. E. D., Dinar, A. & Marence, M. 2016 Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 41 p.(TI Discussion Paper; no. 16-090/II)

Research output: Working paper

Spelen topsporters Nash?

Houba, H. E. D. 2016 In : STAtOR. 17, 2, p. 23-25

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sustainable Agreements on Stochastic River Flow

Ansink, E. & Houba, H. E. D. 2016 In : Resource and Energy Economics. 44, p. 92-117

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sequential game
River basin
Subgame perfect equilibrium