Prof. Dr J.C.J.M. van den Bergh

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Jeroen van den Bergh teaches and does research on the interface of economics, environmental science and innovation studies. His current interest is the application of evolutionary and innovation economics to stimulate a transition to a sustainable energy system, and the economics of climate change and policy. Since September 2007 he is ICREA research professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and (distinguished/“bijzonder”) professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at VU University Amsterdam. From 1997 to 2007 he was professor of Environmental Economics at VU University Amsterdam. He is an elected fellow of the Tinbergen Institute Research School and the Netherlands Network of Economics (NAKE), and was a member of the Energy Council of the Netherlands, of the advisory council of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, and of the Committee Genetic Modification (COGEM), as well as an elected member of The Board of Directors of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). He was chairman of various committees of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in the fields of social sciences, climate change and environmental sciences. He is a member of the scientific board of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) in Vienna, a member of the editorial board of six international journals, and editor of the book series “Advances in Ecological Economics” for Edward Elgar Publishers, UK. He was awarded the Royal/Shell Prize 2002 for research on “Sustainable Development, Environment and Resources”. He has supervised 21 finished PhD theses and has published more than 160 articles in international journals as well as 16 books.


Academic training

1991PhD in economics, VU University, Amsterdam
1988Master degree in Econometrics (specialization in Operations Research), University of Tilburg, the Netherlands

Professional employment history

2007-presentICREA professor, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology & Department of Economics and Economic History, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
2007-presentProfessor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Institute for Environmental Studies & Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, VU University Amsterdam
2002-2007Full professor in Nature, Water and Space, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University, Amsterdam
1997-2007Full professor in Environmental Economics, Faculty of Economics & Business Administration, VU University, Amsterdam
1988-1997Subsequently NWO PhD student, USF post-doc, Senior researcher

Selected publications

A. Gagern and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2013). A critical review of fishing agreements with tropical developing countries. Marine Policy 38: 375-386.

J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2013). Environmental and climate innovation:  Limitations, policies and prices. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 80(1):11-23.

J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2013). Policies to enhance economic feasibility of a sustainable energy transition. PNAS 110(7): 2436-2437.

Antal, M., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2013). Macroeconomics, financial crisis and the environment: Strategies for a sustainability transition. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 6: 47-66.

K. Safarzynska and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2013). An evolutionary model of energy transitions with interactive innovation-selection dynamics. Journal of Evolutionary Economics 23: 271-293.

E. Gsottbauer and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2013). Bounded rationality and social interaction in negotiating a climate agreement. International Environmental Agreements 13: 225-249.

J.C.J.M. van den Bergh and G. Kallis(2013). A survey of evolutionary policy: normative and positive dimensions: Journal of Bioeconomics  15(3): 281-303.

Ayres, R.U., J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, D. Lindenberger and B. Warr (2013). The underestimated contribution of energy to economic growth. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics 27: 79-88.

Logar, I., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2013). The impact of peak oil on tourism in Spain: an input-output analysis of price, demand and economy-wide effects, Energy 54: 155-166.

A. Gagern and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2013). Trade-based estimation of Bluefin tuna catches in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, 2005-2011. PLoS one 8(7): e69959.

Sekulova, F. and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2013).  Income, climate and happiness: An empirical study for Barcelona. Global Environmental Change 23(6): 1467-1475.

Antal, M., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Re-spending rebound: A macro-level assessment for OECD countries and emerging economies. Energy Policy 68: 585-590.

J. van den Bergh and W. Botzen (2014), A lower bound to the social cost of CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change 4(April): 253-258.

Logar, I., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2014). Economic valuation of preventing beach erosion: Comparing existing and non-existing beach markets with stated and revealed preferences. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy 3(1): 46-66.

Kreibich, H., J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, L.M. Bouwer, P. Bubeck, P. Ciavola, C. Green, S. Hallegatte, I. Logar,V. Meyer, R. Schwarze, and A.H. Thieken (2014). Costing natural hazards. Nature Climate Change 4(May):303-306.

Botzen, W. Aerts, J. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2013). Individual preferences for reducing flood risk to near zero through elevation. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 80(2), 329-350.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2013). Environmental and climate innovation: limitations, policies and prices. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(1), 11-23.

Rodrigues, L., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. & Ghermandi, A. (2013). Socio-economic impacts of ocean acidification in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Policy, 38, 447-456.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2012). Effective climate-energy solutions, escape routes and peak oil. Energy Policy, 46, 530–536.

Maestre, S., Calvet Calvet, L., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., Ring, I. & Verburg, P. (2012). Ineffective biodiversity policy due to five rebound effects. Ecosystem Services, 1, 101-110.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2012). EIST one year: Something to celebrate? (Editorial). Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 4, 1-6.

Safarzynska, K., Frenken, K. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2012). Evolutionary theorizing and modelling of sustainability transitions. Research Policy, 41, 1011-1024.

Botzen, W.J.W. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2012). Monetary valuation of insurance against flood risk under climate change. International Economic Review, 53(3), 1005-1025.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2011). Energy conservation more effective with rebound policy. Environmental and Resource Economics, 48(1), 43-58.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2011). Environment versus growth – a criticism of “degrowth” and a plea for “a-growth”. Ecological Economics, 70(5), 881-890.

Ghermandi, A., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., Brander, L.M., de Groot, H.L.F. & Nunes, P.A.L.D. (2011). The values of natural and human-made wetlands: a meta-analysis. Water Resources Research. VOL. 46, W12516, 12 PP., 2010

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2011). Environment versus growth - a criticism of "degrowth" and a plea for "a-growth". Ecological Economics, 70(5), 881-890.

Zeppini, P., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2011). Competing recombinant technologies for environmental innovation: extending Arthur's model of lock-in. Industry and Innovation, 18(3), 317-334.

Gsottbauer, E. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2011). Environmental policy theory given bounded rationality and other-regarding preferences. Environmental & Resource Economics, 49(2), 263-304.

Safarzynska, K., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2011). Beyond replicator dynamics: Innovation-selection dynamics and optimal diversity. Journal Of Economic Behavior & Organization, 78(3), 229-245.

Garcia, J. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2011). Evolution of parochial altruism by multilevel selection. Evolution And Human Behavior, 32(4), 277-287.

Safarzynska, K. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2011). Industry evolution, rational agents and the transition to sustainable electricity production. Energy Policy, 39(10), 6440-6452.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., Truffer, B. & Kallis, G. (2011). Environmental innovation and societal transitions: introduction and overview. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 1(1), 1-23.

Safarzynska, K. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Evolving power and environmental policy: Explaining institutional change with group selection. Ecological Economics, 69, 743-752.

Nannen, V. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Policy instruments for evolution of bounded rationality: Application to climate-energy problems. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 77, 67-93.

Safarzynska, K. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Demand-supply coevolution with multiple increasing returns: Policy analysis for unlocking and system transitions. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 77, 297-317.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Safe climate policy is affordable – 12 reasons. Climatic Change, 101(3): 339–385.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Relax about GDP growth: Implications for climate and crisis policies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 18, 540-543.

Botzen, W.J.W., Bouwer, L. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Climate change and hailstorm damage: empirical evidence and implications for agriculture and insurance. Resource and Energy Economics, 32(3), 341-362.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). An assessment of Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist and the ensuing debate. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 7(1), 23-52.

Safarzynska, K. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Evolutionary models in economics: a survey of methods and building blocks. Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 20(3), 329-373.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. & Grazi, F. (2010). On the policy relevance of ecological footprints. Environmental Science and Technology, 44(13), 4843–4844.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Externality or sustainability economics?. Ecological Economics. 69(11), 2047-2052.

Pillarisetti, R. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Sustainable nations: What do aggregate indexes tell us? . Environment, Development and Sustainability, 12(1), 49-62.

Botzen, W.J.W., Bouwer, L. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2010). Climate change and increased risk for the insurance sector: A global perspective and an assessment for the Netherlands. Natural Hazards, 52(3), 577-598.

Botzen, W.J.W. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2009). Managing natural disaster risks in a changing climate. Environmental Hazards, 8, 209-225.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2009). The GDP Paradox. Journal of Economic Psychology, 30(2),

Botzen, W.J.W., J. Aerts and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2009). Willingness of homeowners to mitigate climate risk through insurance. Ecological Economics. 68(8-9): 2265-2277

Nunes, P.A.L.D., de Blaeij, A.T. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2009). Decomposition of warm glow for multiple stakeholders: stated choice valuation of shellfishery policy. Land Economics, 85(3), 485-499.

Noailly, J., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. & Withagen, C. (2009). Local and global interactions in an evolutionary resource game. Computational Economics, 33(2), 155-173.

van den Heuvel, S.T.A. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2009). Multilevel assessment of diversity, innovation and selection in the solar photovoltaic industry. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 20(1), 50-60.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. & Gowdy, J.M. (2009). A group selection perspective on economic behavior, institutions and organizations. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 72(1), 1-20.

Botzen, W.J.W. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M (2009). Bounded rationality, climate risks and insurance: Is there a market for natural disasters? Land Economics, 85(2), 266-279.

Botzen, W.J.W., Aerts, J.C.J.H. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2009). Dependence of flood risk perceptions on socio-economic and objective risk factors. Water Resources Research, 45, 1-15.

van Beers, C.  & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2009). Environmental Harm of Hidden Subsidies: Global Warming and Acidification. AMBIO, 38(6), 339-341.

Grazi, F. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2008). Spatial organization, transport, and climate change: comparing instruments of spatial planning and policy. Ecological Economics, 67(4), 630-639.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2008). Environmental regulation of households: an empirical review of economic and psychological factors. Ecological Economics, 66, 559-574.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2008). Optimal diversity: Increasing returns versus recombinant innovation. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 68(3-4), 565-580.

Botzen, W.J.W., Gowdy, J.M. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2008). Cumulative CO2 emissions: shifting international responsibilities for climate debt. Climate Policy, 8, 569–576.

Grazi, F., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. & van Ommeren, J.N. (2008). An empirical analysis of urban form, transport, and global warming. The Energy Journal, 29(4), 97-122.

Botzen, W. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2008). Insurance against climate change and flooding in the Netherlands: present, future and comparison with other countries. Risk Analysis, 28(2), 413-426.

Eppink, F.V., Rietveld, P., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., Vermaat, J.E., Wassen, M.J. & Hilferink, M. (2008). Internalising the costs of nutrient deposition and fragmentation in a decision support tool for spatial planning: an application to the Netherlands. Land Use Policy, 25, 563-578.

van der Heide, C.M., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., Nunes, P. & van Ierland, E.C. (2008). Economic valuation of habitat defragmentation: a study of the Veluwe, the Netherlands. Ecological Economics, 67, 205-216.

de Blaeij, A.T., Nunes, P.A.L.D. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2007). 'No-choice' options within a nested logit model: One model is insufficient. Applied Economics, 39(10), 1245-1252.

Noailly, J., Withagen, C. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2007). Evolution of social norms in a common-pool resource game. Environmental and Resource Economics, 36(1), 113-141.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., van Leeuwen, E.S., Oosterhuis, F.H., Rietveld, P. & Verhoef, E.T. (2007). Social learning by doing in sustainable transport innovations: ex-post analysis of common factors behind successes and failures. Research Policy, 36, 247-259.

Grazi, F., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. & Rietveld, P. (2007). Welfare economics versus ecological footprint: modeling agglomeration, externalities and trade. Environmental and Resource Economics, 38(1), 135-153.

van Beers, C., van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., de Moor, A. & Oosterhuis, F.H. (2007). Determining the environmental effects of indirect subsidies: Integrated method and application to the Netherlands. Applied Economics, 39, 2465-2482.


van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., Faber, A., Idenburg, A.M. & Oosterhuis, F.H. (2007). Evolutionary economics and environmental policy: survival of the greenest. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publ.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., Barendregt, A. & Gilbert, A. (2004). Spatial ecological-economic analysis for wetland management: modelling and scenario evaluation of land use, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. & Janssen, M.A. (Eds.) (2004). Economics of industrial ecology: use of materials, structural change and spatial scales. Cambridge, MA, USA: The MIT Press.

van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (Ed.) (1999). Handbook of environmental and resource economics. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publ.


Ancillary activities

ICREA - Unknown Barcelona, Spanje, 01 september 2007
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona - Professor associat Barcelona, Spanje, 01 oktober 2007
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 06 februari 2017