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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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river Earth & Environmental Sciences
raindrop Earth & Environmental Sciences
crop yield Earth & Environmental Sciences
bargaining Earth & Environmental Sciences
river basin Earth & Environmental Sciences
market Earth & Environmental Sciences
resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
methodology Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2018

Legal Principles in Antitrust Enforcement

Houba, H., Motchenkova, E. & Wen, Q., Jul 2018, In : The Scandinavian Journal of Economics. 120, 3, p. 859-893 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Antitrust enforcement

Use of Satellite Information on Wetness and Temperature for Crop Yield Prediction and River Resource Planning

Basist, A., Dinar, A., Blankespoor, B., Bachiochi, D. & Houba, H., 2018, Climate Smart Agriculture: Building Resilience to Climate Change. Lipper, L., McCarthy, N., Zilberman, D., Asfaw, S. & Branca, G. (eds.). Springer, p. 77-104 28 p. (Natural Resource Management and Policy; vol. 52)

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

Open Access
crop yield
food aid

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 JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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 paperProfessional

Spelen topsporters Nash?

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

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Activities 2001 2014

Legal Principles in Antitrust Enforcement

Houba, H. E. D. (Speaker), Motchenkova, E. I. (Speaker)
15 Mar 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

9th Tinbergen Institute Conference

Houba, H. E. D. (Organiser), G. van der Laan (Organiser), Estevez Fernandez, M. A. (Organiser)
25 Jun 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Tinbergen Workshop on Economic Theory and Game Theory, Tinbergen Institute and VU University Amsterdam

van den Brink, J. R. (Organiser), Houba, H. E. D. (Organiser), Estevez Fernandez, M. A. (Organiser), Lindner, I. D. (Organiser)
4 Mar 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Costless Delay in Negotiations

Houba, H. E. D. (Speaker)
28 Jun 2011

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The Condercet Paradox Revisited

Houba, H. E. D. (Speaker)
24 Aug 2010

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


NWO Incidentele Steun

H.E.D. Houba (Recipient), G. van der Laan (Recipient) & M.A. Estevez Fernandez (Recipient), 25 Jun 2014

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic