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Rick van der Ploeg is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre). Formerly, he was Professor of Economics at the European University Institute, Florence and he is affiliated with the VU University of Amsterdam, and the Tinbergen Institute.

He is a research fellow in international macroeconomics at the Centre for Economic Policy Research.  He directs the public sector economics programme, and is Chair of the Scientific Council of CESifo.

He is former Chief Financial Spokesperson in the Dutch Parliament, State Secretary of Education, Science and Culture of the Netherlands and Elected Member of the Unesco World Heritage Committee, and has been on the board of various commercial and non-profit organisations. Previous academic experience includes Cambridge, LSE, Tilburg and Amsterdam.


He has published extensively on macroeconomics, public finance, political economy and resource economics, and also has an interest in the economics of culture.

Publications include Foundations of Modern Macroeconomics with B.J. Heijdra (OUP, 2002), the edited Handbook of International Macroeconomics, and several other books.


The Advanced Investigator Grant of the European Research Council on 'Combating Climate Change: The Political Economy of Green Paradoxes' with Cees Withagen (2010-16) allowed him to research the economics of climate change.

Ancillary activities

  • Universiteit van Oxford | Oxford, U.K. | Hoogleraar Economie | 2011-05-01

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 1997 2019

Macro policy responses to natural resource windfalls and the crash in commodity prices

van der Ploeg, F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of International Money and Finance.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Commodity prices
Policy responses
Natural resources

Political economy of dynamic resource wars

van der Ploeg, F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

political economy
returns to scale
political conflict
political instability

Pricing Carbon and Adjusting Capital to Fend Off Climate Catastrophes

van der Ploeg, F. & de Zeeuw, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Environmental and Resource Economics. p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
pollution tax

The agnostic's response to climate deniers: Price carbon!

van der Ploeg, F. & Rezai, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : European Economic Review. 111, p. 70-84 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Carbon price
Discount rate
Carbon dioxide

Breakthrough renewables and the green paradox

Van Der Ploeg, F., 1 Mar 2018, In : FinanzArchiv. 74, 1, p. 52-70 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Editorial work

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (Journal)

van der Ploeg, F. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic


ERC avanced grant

C.A.A.M. Withagen (Recipient) & F. van der Ploeg (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic