University of Oxford

Rick van der Ploeg

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Current positions

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford (2008-..).

Research Director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (2008-..).

Education

1977-81: Ph.D. Engineering, University of Cambridge and King’s College, Cambridge.

1974-77: B.Sc., First Class Honours, University of Sussex.

Awards and honours

Member of the Academia Europaea (2014).

Co-Investigator, Advanced Grant for ‘Combating Climate Change: The Political Economy of Green Paradoxes’, European Research Council (2011-16). With C. Withagen.

Corresponding Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) (2010).

Member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (2009).

Fellow of European Economic Association (2004).

Mr. N.G. Pierson Penning for Contributions to Economics (2003).

Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau, Netherlands  (2002).

Cosmic Lifetime Achievement Award for promotion of cultural diversity in the Netherlands (2002).

Other appointments and professional activities

Director Laboratory for Economic Performance and the Environment, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia (2015-..).

Adjunct Professor VU University Amsterdam (2011-..).

Chair CES Scientific Council  (2009-…), University of Munich.

Director Public Sector Programme (2003-..), Research Fellow, CESifo, Munich (1995-..).

Research Fellow, International Macroeconomics Programme, CEPR (1986‑98 and 2003-2020).

Research Fellow Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam-Rotterdam (2008-17).

Board Member 3D Printing Academy (2014-…).

Adviser and Shareholder, Aurora Energy Research, Oxford (2013-..).

Senior Research Fellow, New College and Associate Member, Nuffield College, Oxford (2008-..).

Senior Research Fellow, New College, Oxford (2008-..).

Past appointments

2008-11: Faculty Associate, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford.

2003-07 and 1988: Professor of Economics, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

2003-07: Elected Member and Chair Dutch Delegation, UNESCO World Heritage Committee and Vice Chairman of the World Heritage Convention, Vilnius.

2002-2010: Professor of Political Economy, University of Amsterdam.

1998-2002: State Secretary of Education, Culture and Sciences, The Netherlands.

1994-98: Member of Parliament (member of management team of parliamentary fraction, first spokesman general financial affairs, EMU, European budget, competition policy, small and medium enterprises, direct taxes including income, wealth, corporate and environmental taxes, and student grants/loans).

1991-98: Research Fellow, CentER, Tilburg University.

1991-98: Professor of Economics, University of Amsterdam.

1986-89: Founding Director, Dutch Ph.D. Network for Quanti­tat­ive Econ­omics (NQE).

1985-91: Research Professor of Quantitative Economics, Tilburg University.

1984-90: Senior Member Centre for Labour Economics, LSE, University of London.

1983-88: University Lecturer and Reader-Elect in Economics, LSE, University of London.

1983-84: Fellow Darwin College, Cambridge.

1979-83: Junior Research Officer, Cambridge Growth Project, Cambridge University, UK.

Visiting positions

Visiting Professor of Complex Systems, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utrecht (2016-17).

Lecturer Natural Resources and FDI, Oxford University Business Economics Programme (2008-12).

Lecturer, Kiel Institute Summer School on Economic Policy, Reforming the Welfare State – Balancing Efficiency and Equity, The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (July 2007).

Visiting Professor, Lectures on the Political Economy of Welfare States, Maastricht Summer School in Governance and Social Protection, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (2006).

Visitor, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission, Brussels (March 2006).

Visiting Professor, Catania University (2003-6).

Visiting Professor, EPRU, University of Copenhagen (November 2004).

Visiting Professor, Schumpeter Lectures, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany (December 2002).

Visiting Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K. (Fall 2002).

Visiting Professor, CESifo, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany (September 2002).

Visiting Professor, Université Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France (Spring 1993).

Visiting Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria (Fall 1993).

Visitor, Centre for Planning and Economic Research, Athens, Greece (Fall 1993).

Visiting Lecturer on International Economics, International School of Economic Research, Siena, Italy (Summer 1992).

Visiting Professor of Economics, Pittsburg University at CERGE, Charles University, Prague (Spring 1992-94).

Visiting Professor of Economics, Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S. (Spring 1990).

Research Fellow, SEO, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (1982).

Recent Keynote Lectures

‘Challenges in Fighting Global Warming – Procrastination, Free Riding, Green Paradoxes and Tipping’, Official Opening of the Complexity Laboratorium Utrecht (CLUe), 4 November 2016.

‘Climate Policy with Declining Discount Rates in a Non-Cooperative World’, 18th Annual Conference on Environmental Economics, Policy and International Environmental Relations, Prague, 3-4 November 2016.

‘Drivers of Resource Discoveries’, ICABE 2016 Conference, EconomiX, Nanterre University, Paris, 1-2 September 2016.

‘Managing Resource Revenues after the Crash in Commodity Prices’, Closing conference of the BIS CCA research network on the Commodity Cycle: macroeconomic and financial stability considerations’, Mexico City, 18-19 August 2016.

‘The Macroeconomics of Climate Policy’, CGBCR Conference, University of Manchester, 7-8 July 2016.

‘Climate Policy and the Risk of Stranded Assets: A Second-Best Perspective’, 7th Atlantic Workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics, Toxa, Spain 27-28 June 2016.

‘Second best and political economy constraints on climate policy’, Netwerk Groene Economie, Den Haag, 10 March 2016.

Theoretical and Political Assessment of the Green Paradox’, Ifo-PIK Workshop on the Green Paradox and Fossil Fuel Markets, Munich, 2-3 July 2015.

‘Optimal Climate Policy with Gradual Damages and Tipping Points’, 22nd Ulvon Conference on Environmental Economics, Sweden, 16-18 June 2015.

‘Pricing Carbon and Subsidizing Renewable Energy’, International Conference Energy Prices – Macroeconomic and Financial Impacts, EconomiX, University Paris Ouest, Nanterre, Paris, 4-5 June 2015.

‘Political Economy of Natural Resources and Economic Development’, CERDI conference, Clermon-Ferrand, 9-10 October 2014.

‘Natural Resources and Economic Development’, GREThA conference on Economic Development and the State: The New Frontiers of Economic Action, Bordeaux, 19-20 June 2014.

‘Resource Wars and Confiscation Risk’, conference on Cooperation or Conflict?, Wageningen, 30-31 May 2013.

‘Back to Humboldt’, Munich Economic Forum, Munich, 3-4 May 2012.

‘Absorption and Capital Scarcity in Open Economies’, ASSET 2012 Mural Sertel Lecture, Cyprus, 1-3 November 2012.

‘Political Economy of Natural Resource Windfalls’, World Public Choice Society, Miami, 10-13 March 2012.

‘Maritime History and International Trade’, Maritime Museums: Connecting with the Future, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C. & The Mariners’ Museum, Newport Mews, Virginia, 9-15 October 2011.

‘A Macro Perspective on Public Finance’, International Institute of Public Finance Annual Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7-11 August 2011.

The Van Slingelandt Lecture, ‘Politics is not for Scary People. Who is the boss: independent authority, citizens or politicians?’, Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde, Walloon Church, The Hague, 14 October 2010.

Third Evert Vermeer Lecture on ‘The Polar Bear, Oil, Popcorn and the Pennies – Global Crises and International Cooperation: a Crucial Challenge for the Social Democracy’, De Duif, Amsterdam, 14 December 2009.

‘Climate Change, Scramble for Natural Resources, Financial Crisis and Sustainable Development’, Beyond Economics; Building Collective Responsibility for Sustainable Livelihoods, Society for International Development and HIVOS, Theatre Discordia, The Hague, December 2009.

The David Pearce Lecture on ‘Global Financial Crisis and Natural Resources: A Developing Country Perspective’, 17th European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Amsterdam, 24-27 June 2009.

The Schuman Lecture on ‘The Political Economy of Reinventing Europe’, University of Maastricht and Municipality of Maastricht, 7 May 2009.

Keynote Lecture ‘Volatility, Financial Development and the Natural Resource Curse’, The Tenth Annual Global Development Conference, Kuwait, 3-5 February 2009. Also, at 10th INFER Conference, Evora, 18-20 September 2008.

Keynote Lecture ‘Political Economy of Public Investment’, European Economics and Finance Society, Sofia, 31 May-2 June 2007.

Editorial and jury duties

Co-Editor of Special Issues of Climate Economics and the Green Paradox, European Economic Review (2016). With Cees Withagen.

Co-Editor of Special Issues of Climate Policy and the Green Paradox, Environmental and Resource Economics (2016). With Gerard van der Meijden and Cees Withagen.

Assessor European Research Council 2015 Advanced Instigator and Consolidator Grants, European Commission, Brussels (2015-16).

Member Editorial Boards Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2011-..), International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics (2010-..), Journal of Natural Resources Policy (2014 – ..), Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions (2010-..), Environmental Economics and Policy Studies (2010-20), Oxford Economic Papers (2007-..), FinanzArchiv (2013-2019), Journal of Common Market Studies (2010-2017), Journal of Financial Economic Policy (2008-9), Journal of Financial Policy (2009-..), Journal of Cultural Economics (2006-..), Journal of Economics (2004-..), mejudice.nl (2008-..) and De Economist (2011-..).

Member of Committee for allocating Advanced Instigator Grants, European Research Council, European Commission, Brussels (2015-16).

Member of the Programme Committee of the Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Prague (2012) and Toulouse (2013), Istanbul (2014), Helsinki (2015), Zurich (2016) and Athens (2017).

Co-Editor of Special Issue of the Journal of International Money and Finance on the financialization of commodities (2014). With Rabah Arezki and Anthony J. Venables.

Member Scientific Council, J.W. Brouwerfonds, Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen, Haarlem (2009-2013).

Co-Editor CESifo Economic Studies (2005-11). Co-Editor Special Issues Higher Reform in Europe (2008) and Reinventing Europe (2009).

Co-Editor of Special Issue on Resource Rich Economies  Oxford Economic Papers (2009).

Member Programme Committee 22nd EEA Annual Congress, Budapest, 27-31 August (2007), 23rd EEA Annual Congress, Milan, 27-31 August (2008), 24th EEA Annual Congress Barcelona, 23-27 August (2009), 25th EEA Annual Congress Glasgow, 22-26 August (2010).

Selection Panel for Lecturers and Assistant Professors, University of Cyprus (2008 and 2009).

Chairperson and Member Editorial Board NETSPAR Reference Papers on Saving, Pensions and Health Care in Ageing Societies, Tilburg University (2006-7; 2007-).

Chairperson Jury ‘The Battle of the Universities’, NRC Handelsblad, KNAW, NWO (2005-).

Member international evaluation committee of the Dutch Central Planbureau (2003).

Programme committee, Fourth Meeting of the Association for Public Economic Theory, Duke University, North Carolina, 12-15 June (2003).

Member Editorial Board New Economy, Academic Press (1993-98).

Member Juries Parool Thesis Prize (1993) and Audax Columnist Prize (1996).

Member Editorial Board NEXUS, Academic Journal for Culture, Philosophy and Science (1991‑98).

Associate Editor Computer Science in Economics and Management (1987‑92), Computational Economics (1992-98).

Member Panel Economic Policy – A European Forum (1993-95).

Member Advisory Council, Amsterdam University Press (1992-95).

Managing Editor (1990‑94) and Member Editorial Board (1989-90) European Journal of Political Economy.

Member ECOZOEK‑committee general economics, Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (1989‑93).

Member Faculty Profile and Restructuring of Departments Committee (1992-93) and Committee for the Medium-Term Direction of the University of Amsterdam (1993).

Editor Economica (1986-88).

Media activities

Weekly newspaper columnist, De Telegraaf, the Netherlands (2012-..). With W. Vermeend.

Fortnightly newspaper columnist, Het Financieele Dagblad, the Netherlands (2003-07).

Contributor of syndicated columns to Project Syndicate (2005-..).

Presenter of the Annual National Science Quiz, VPRO television and NWO (2005).

Newspaper columnist De Volkskrant (1989‑90), Elsevier‑Carriere (1990‑91), De Krant op Zondag (1991-92), Algemeen Dagblad (1996-98) and Het Financieele Dagblad (2003-07).

Presenter and producer, international television co-production “The Global Economy”, TELEAC Broadcasting Corporation (1992-95).

Consultancy and committee activities

Consultant to WIDER, Helsinki on policy for resource-rich economies after the crash in commodity prices (2016).

Consultant on the management of resource-rich Caribbean economies, The World Bank, Washington, D.C. (2015-16).

Consultant on the Heritage Fund for Alberta, The School of Public Policy, Alberta (2014). With T.S. van den Bremer.

Member of the Committee Balanced Budget Rule, Prime Minister’s Office, Aruba (2013).

Consultant on fiscal and macro aspects of natural resource revenue management, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C. (2012-13). With A.J. Venables.

Consultant on Harnessing oil revenues in Ghana, the International Growth Centre, London (2011). With A.J. Venables and S. Wills.

Consultant on oil management and the Iraq economy, the World Bank, Washington, D.C. (2011-12). With A.J. Venables and S. Wills.

Consultant on Managing Resource Revenues in the CAREC region and on Regional and Monetary Integration in the CAREC Region, Asian Development Bank, Manilla (2008-9). With K. Kuralbayeva and A.J. Venables.

Consultant on Prudent Budgetary Policy, Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, Stockholm (2007-8).

Consultant on Africa and Natural Resources, African Development Bank, Tunis (2007).

Consultant on public investment and debt, European Commission, Brussels (2006).

Adviser Hoogstad Architects, Rotterdam (2004-6).

Consultant `Fiscal Policies and Government Debt’, OECD, Paris (1993).

Member Government Committee Positioning of Care by General Practioners, Medical Specialists and Hospitals (1993-94).

Member Labour Party Commis­sion Future of the Welfare State (1991-92), Contributor Labour Party Election Manifestos (1994, 1998, 2002).

Consultant environmental policy in agriculture, VROM (Ministry of Housing, Urban Planning and the Environment) (1990‑91).

Back‑up Consultant Improvement of National Account Statistics and Economic Planning for Pakistan, Institute of Development Studies, Tilburg, Netherlands (1989‑93).

Advisor macroeconomic and monetary policy coordination in Europe, Nether­lands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), The Hague, Netherlands (1988‑89) and Commission of the European Communities (1989-90).

Consultant optimal economic policy formulation to Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Mexican government (SEPAFIN) and national accounts to the Mexican government (SEPAFIN) and NEDO (1981-82).

Board duties

Member of the Scientific Board/Policy Board of EU 7th Framework project “Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe” (2012-16).

Member of the Board of Trustees, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Munich (2010-..).

Advisory Board, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin (2010-..).

Member Supervisory Board, Gerrit Rietveld Academy for Visual Arts and Design, Amsterdam (2010- ..).

Chairman Foundation Arnold Heertje Library, antiquarian library for moral philosophy (2004-..).

Chairman Board of De Appel, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Amsterdam (2003-..).

Member Board DenUyllezing, Netherlands (2006-..).

Member Advisory Council Alfa-beta-gamma Programme of Lorentz Institute/NIAS, Leiden and Wassenaar (2006-..).

Member Board Mr. N.G. Pierson Foundation, Amsterdam (2006-..).

Member Advisory Council, Houses of Art – Amsterdam, Marbella and Moscow (2005-7).

Director European Forum ‘Growth Agenda for Europe’, Robert Schuman Centre, EUI, Florence (2005-6).

Chairman of Child in Motion: education underprivileged and abused children in Asia (2004-2008).

Member Founding Board European Santa Fé Institute, Doesburg (2004-..).

Member Scientific Committee, CRISS, Universities of Sienna, Rome “La Sapienza” and Bocconi-Milan (2003-..).

Member Scientific Council, CentER, Tilburg University, Netherlands (2003-..).

Chairman NTU, Dutch Language Union (2002).

Advisory board economics research institute (SOM), University of Groningen (2002-..).

Chairman Infodrome, ICT thinktank of the Dutch government (1999-2002).

Member Advisory Council, Foundation for Economic Research, University of Amsterdam (1996-98).

Member Board Stichting Beleggingsinstellingen and member Advisory Committee Investment Fund, Algemene Spaarbank Nederland (1994-1998).

Member Council European Economic Association (1994-98).

Member Supervisory Board Directors of Koninklijke Pakhoed N.V., Rotterdam (1996-98).

Member of the Board Academic Advisers, International Center for Economic Growth (1995-98).

Member Advisory Scientific Committee, EPRU, Copenhagen Business School (1992-98).

Member Board theatre group Mug Met de Gouden Tand (1995-98).

Member Presidium of Mandaat, Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders (1994-96).

Board of Direc­tors, Tinbergen Institute (1992-94).

Member General Executive Dutch Parliamentary Labour Party (1992-94).

Advisory Board, Russian Management Foundation (1992).

Curator Wiardi Beckman Foundation (1991-98).

Board of Directors, CentER, Tilburg University, The Netherlands (1988-91).

Member Board Cambridge Econometrics Ltd. (1980‑91).