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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 2018

Fairness in Bankruptcies: An Experimental Study

Cappelen, A. W., Luttens, R. I., Sorensen, E. O. & Tungodden, B., 2018, In : Management Science.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Experimental study
Bankruptcy problems
Proportional rule

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

Gradual collective wage bargaining

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

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Wage bargaining
Employment contracts
Search frictions

Voting for redistribution under desert-sensitive altruism

Luttens, R. I. & Valfort, M. A., 2012, In : The Scandinavian Journal of Economics. 114, 3, p. 881-907

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Empirical evidence
Voting model

Is it fair to 'make work pay'?

Luttens, R. I. & Ooghe, E., 2007, In : Economica. 74, 296, p. 599-626 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Shared resources
Progressive taxes
Fair allocation