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Roland Iwan Luttens (PhD Ghent University) is currently Associate Professor of Economics and Coordinator of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before he worked as lecturer in Economics at Amsterdam University College and as post-doctoral researcher for the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (FWO).


Luttens is interested in normative economic theory, including theories of individual, strategic, social or public choice, in institutional economics and in the history of economic thought.

Current research themes include:

- the introduction of liberal-egalitarian principles of justice in the axiomatic design of redistribution mechanisms,

- the adjudication of conflicting claims in bankruptcy situations,

- welfare comparisons between Hobbesian jungle and Walrasian market economies,

- Hayekian spontaneous order, Lewis conventions, rule following

- the game-theoretical foundations of social contract theory


BSc: Economic Challenges; Foundations of Microeconomics; Institutional Economics.

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income Social Sciences
redistribution Social Sciences
egalitarianism Social Sciences
taxation Social Sciences
responsibility Social Sciences
solidarity Social Sciences
labor Social Sciences
income tax Social Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2017

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

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Pareto efficiency
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Gradual collective wage bargaining

Dobbelaere, S. & Luttens, R. I. 2016 Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 16 p.(TI Discussion Paper; no. 16-004/V)

Research output: Working paper

Gradual collective wage bargaining

Dobbelaere, S. & Luttens, R. I. 2016 In : Labour Economics. 40, June, p. 37-42

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wage bargaining
Employment contracts
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Demand lotteries, abandonment options and the decision to start R&D

Dobbelaere, S., Luttens, R. I. & Peters, B. 2015 In : Management revue. 26, 1, p. 25-51

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pareto Efficiency in the Jungle

Houba, H. E. D., Luttens, R. I. & Weikard, H. P. 2014 Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 15 p.(TI Discussion Paper; no. 14-144/II)

Research output: Working paper