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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

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Research Output 1997 2018

Non-cooperative and cooperative climate policies with anticipated breakthrough technology

Jaakkola, N. & van der Ploeg, F. 3 Apr 2018 In : Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 2018, p. 1-25 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

environmental policy
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Pricing Carbon and Adjusting Capital to Fend Off Climate Catastrophes

van der Ploeg, F. & de Zeeuw, A. 26 Feb 2018 In : Environmental and Resource Economics. 2018, p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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The simple arithmetic of carbon pricing and stranded assets

van der Ploeg, F. & Rezai, A. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Energy Efficiency. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Book review of 'Blood Oil - Tyrants, Violence and the Rules that run the World' by Leif Wenar

van der Ploeg, F. 2017 In : Economics and Philosophy. 33, 2, p. 320-325

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Cumulative emissions, unburnable fossil fuel, and the optimal carbon tax

van der Ploeg, F. & Rezai, A. 2017 In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 116, p. 216-222

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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