My view of the world in my line of work

© Frans de Vries


I am an economist working in the domain of environmental and resource economics. Current research is centered around the design and functioning of market-based policy mechanisms for pollution control and biodiversity conservation. Another focal point of my research relates to the interplay between environmental policy and technological innovation.

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Sep 2021   I have moved to the University of Aberdeen and as of 1 September am working at the Department of Economics in the University of Aberdeen Business School. You can reach me at my new e-mail address Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken..

June 2019   ESRC grant in support of project The Economics of Marine Plastic Pollution: What are the Benefits of International Cooperation? The project runs from 1 June 2019 until 30 September 2022, involving collaboration with the University of Glasgow and Plymouth Marine Laboratory in the UK and Clark University in the USA.



Research in progress   

Clear Skies: Multi-Pollutant Climate Policy in the Presence of Global Dimming (with Matthew McGinty), under journal review.

Investment Incentives in Tradable Emissions Markets with Price Floors (with Tim Cason & John Stranlund), under journal review.   [pdf]



Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (graduate), Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (co-taught with Nick Hanley)


Policy briefs and popular writings

"Terugdringen Stikstofemissies vereist Wortel en Stok" (with J. van der Meer-Kooistra, H. Folmer), Economisch Statistische Berichten 105(4791S), 48-51 (November 2020). [in Dutch]

"The Just Transition Challenge: Avoiding Carbon Leakage and Jobs Off-Shoring in Decarbonising International Supply Chains" (with K. Turner, A. Katris, L. Ragne), University of Strathclyde, Centre for Energy Policy (November 2018).

"Why Falling Oil Prices should not Undermine Investment in Green Energy" (with Isaac Tabner), The Conversation (12 May 2015).



Recent and selected publications

"Enhancing Spatial Coordination in Payment for Ecosystem Services Schemes with Non-Pecuniary Preferences" (with L. Kuhfuss, R. Préget, S. Thoyer & N. Hanley), Ecological Economics, forthcoming.

"Understanding the Performance of Biodiversity Offset Markets: Evidence from An Integrated Ecological-Economic Model" (with K. Needham, N. Hanley, M. Dallimer & P. Armsworth), Land Economics, forthcoming.

"Spatial Coordination and Joint Bidding in Conservation Auctions" (with S. Banerjee, T.N. Cason & N. Hanley), Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 8(5): 1013-1049 (2021).   [doi]  [pdf]

"Incentivising Biodiversity Net Gain with an Offset Market" (with K. Simpson, N. Hanley, P. Armsworth & M. Dallimer), Q Open 1(1): qoab004 (2021).  [doi

"Innovation Modelling and Multi-Factor Learning in Wind Energy Technology" (with N. Odam), Energy Economics 85: 104594 (2020).   [doi]  

"Dynamic Efficiency in Experimental Emissions Trading Markets with Investment Uncertainty" (with T.N. Cason), Environmental and Resource Economics 73(1): 1-31 (2019).   [doi]  [pdf]

"Designing Markets for Biodiversity Offsets: Lessons from Tradable Pollution Permits" (with K. Needham, P. Armsworth & N. Hanley), Journal of Applied Ecology 56: 1429-1435 (2019).   [doi]  [pdf]

"Transaction Costs, Communication and Spatial Coordination in Payment for Ecosystem Services Schemes" (with S. Banerjee, T.N. Cason & N. Hanley), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 83: 68-89 (2017).   [doi]

"Incentive-Based Policy Design for Pollution Control and Biodiversity Conservation: A Review" (with N. Hanley), Environmental and Resource Economics 63(4): 687-702 (2016).   [doi]  [pdf]

"Forest Carbon Offsets Revisited: Shedding Light on Darkwoods'' (with G.C. van Kooten & T. Bogle), Forest Science 61(2): 370-380 (2015).   [doi]  [pdf]

"The Impact of Information Provision on Agglomeration Bonus Performance: An Experimental Study on Local Networks" (with S. Banerjee, N. Hanley & D. van Soest), American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96(4): 1009-1029 (2014).   [doi]  [pdf]

"On Emissions Trading and Market Structure: Cap-and-Trade versus Intensity Standards" (with B. Dijkstra & M. McGinty), Environmental and Resource Economics 58(4): 665-682 (2014).   [doi]

"Inciting Protocols" (with T. Dekker, H. Vollebergh & C. Withagen), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 64(1): 45-67 (2012).   [doi]

"Carbon Trading Thickness and Market Efficiency" (with A. Montagnoli), Energy Economics 32(6): 1331-1336 (2010).   [doi]

"Environmental Taxes and Industry Monopolization" (with L. Schoonbeek), Journal of Regulatory Economics 36(1): 94-106 (2009).   [doi]  [pdf]

"Technology-Forcing through Environmental Regulation" (with A. Nentjes & D. Wiersma), European Journal of Political Economy 23(4): 903-916 (2007).   [doi]

"Location Choice by Households and Polluting Firms: An Evolutionary Approach" (with B. Dijkstra), European Economic Review 50(2): 425-446 (2006).   [doi]