I am an assistant 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


Screening green innovation through carbon pricing (with Lassi Ahlvik) [download]

Optimal fuel taxation with suboptimal health choices (with Simona Sulikova, Linus Mattauch and David Klenert) [download]

Closing wells: fossil exploration and abandonment in the energy transition (with Mauricio Rodriguez) [download]

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


van den Bijgaart, I., Cerruti, D., "The effect of information on market activity; evidence from vehicle recalls", forthcoming in Review of Economics and Statistics

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), 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., 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.

  • Recipient of the 2016 JEEM best paper award


Resources, Reserves and R&D (with Mauricio Rodriguez and Sjak Smulders)

Climate policy for coordination (with Åsa Löfgren)



2021- - Advanced Macroeconomics (PhD level)

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

2021- - Master thesis supervision

2022- - PhD thesis supervision of Tommaso Felici


2018-2021 - Mathematics (PhD level)

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

2017, 2020 - Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (MSc level)

2017-2021 - PhD thesis supervision of Ruijie Tian (successfully defended Sept 2021)

2017-2020 - Bachelor and Master thesis supervision