I am an associate professor at the Utrecht University School of Economics. I am interested in questions relating to climate policy and the transition towards net zero.

From Sep 2016-Nov 2021 I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Gothenburg. I obtained by PhD in 2016 at Tilburg University.

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Email:        i.m.vandenbijgaart [at] uu[dot] nl

Online:      Utrecht University web page


Firm heterogeneity and technology adoption in the green transition (with Mauricio Rodriguez) 

Climate policy for coordination (with Åsa Löfgren)


Ahlvik, L., and van den Bijgaart, I. (2024). Screening green innovation through carbon pricing. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 124, 102932. 

van den Bijgaart, I., and Cerruti, D. (2024). The effect of information on market activity: Evidence from vehicle recalls. Review of Economics and Statistics, 106(1), 230-245. 

van den Bijgaart, I., Klenert, D., Mattauch, L., & Sulikova, S. (2024). Healthy climate, healthy bodies: Optimal fuel taxation and physical activity. Economica, 91(361), 93-122. 

van den Bijgaart, I., Rodriguez, M., (2023) "Closing wells: fossil development and abandonment in the energy transition"Resource and Energy Economics, 74

Funke, F., Mattauch, van den Bijgaart, I. , M., Godfray, C.,  Hepburn,  C., Klenert, D., Springmann M., and Treich N., (2022) "Toward Optimal Meat Pricing: Is It Time to Tax Meat Consumption?" Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 16(2), pp 219-240

Sterner, T., Barbier, E.B., Bateman, I., van den Bijgaart, I., Crépin, A-S., Edenhofer, O., Fischer, C., et al. (2019) "Policy design for the Anthropocene." Nature Sustainability, Vol. 2, pp 14-21.

Hamann, M., Berry, K., Chaigneau, T., Curry, T., Heilmayr, R., Henriksson, P., Hentati-Sundberg, J., Jina, A., Lindkvist, E., Lopez-Maldonado, Y., Nieminen, E., Piaggio, M., Qiu, J., Rocha, J.C., Schill, C., Shepon, A., Tilman, A., van den Bijgaart, I., Wu, T. (2018) “Inequality and the Biosphere”, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 43, pp 61-83

van den Bijgaart, I.M., and Smulders, J.A., (2018) "Does a recession call for less stringent environmental policy? A partial-equilibrium second-best analysis", Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 70, pp 807-834

Gerlagh R., van den Bijgaart, I.M., Michielsen T., and Nijland, N., (2018) "Fiscal policy and CO2 emissions of new passenger cars in the EU", Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 69, pp 103-134

van den Bijgaart, I.M. (2017) "The unilateral implementation of a sustainable growth path with directed technical change", European Economic Review, Vol. 91, pp. 305-327

van den Bijgaart, I.M., Gerlagh R., and Liski M. (2016) “A simple formula for the social cost of carbon”, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol. 77, pp. 75–94. 


Too slow a change? Deep habits, consumption shifts and transitory tax policy [download] 



2024 - Environmental Economics and Policy (MSc)

2023 - Intermediate Macroeconomics: Growth and Sustainability  (BSc)

2021- - Advanced Macroeconomics (Research master)

2021-2023 - Macroeconomics 2B: International Money (BSc)

2021- - Research Master thesis supervision

PhD thesis supervision: Tommaso Felici (2022- ) and Laura Egelmeers (2023- )


2018-2021 - Mathematics (PhD level)

2017-2020 - Macroeconomics I; Economic Growth (PhD level)

2017, 2020 - Advanced Macroeconomic Theory  (MSc level)

2017-2020 - Bachelor and Master thesis supervision

PhD thesis supervision: Ruijie Tian (2017-2021)