Dr O.J. Kuik

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faculteit der aard- en levenswetenschappen ( dep. environmental economics )
Senior researcher


Onno Kuik is a senior economist with more than 25 years of experience in the environmental economics domain. His main field of expertise is the use of computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling to assess the economic and environmental impacts of energy and climate change mitigation and adaptation policies. Examples include the assessment of mitigation policies with a focus on ‘leakage’ of carbon emissions from regulated to non-regulated countries, the economic consequences of climate change impacts on agriculture, and fresh water resources in Europe and Africa. Over the years, Onno has worked in numerous research projects for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, Dutch Parliament, European Parliament, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Europe and abroad.

His current research focuses on the economics of adaptation in Europe (http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/project/econadapt). He coordinates the work package on the international context of future EU climate change mitigation policies in the EU FP7 project CECILIA2050 (http://cecilia2050.eu/).

PhD students

Onno currently supervises the PhD students Jason Levin-Koopman, Tewodros Kahsay, and Acel Jardón. Jason studies the wider economic impacts of climate change-induced droughts in the Rhine and Meuse river basins in the Dutch Knowledge for Climate research programme (http://www.climateresearchnetherlands.nl/) Tewodros focuses on the international impacts of climate change and transboundary water allocation agreements in the Blue Nile river basin in a joint Nuffic funded research project together with UNESCO-IHE in Delft. Acel studies the relationship between economic growth and the environment within a spatial framework.
He welcomes new PhD students who are interested in doing climate change-related CGE modelling.


CGE modelling, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, international trade and the environment, the economics of renewable energy.

Selected publications

Link to full publication list at IVM since 1997

Selected publications since 2000:

Climate change – Mitigation policies

Kalfagianni, A. & Kuik, O. (2016). Seeking optimality in climate change agri-food policies: stakeholder perspectives from Western Europe. Climate Policy, DOI:10.1080/14693062.2016.1244508.

Antimiani, A., Costantini, V., Kuik, O. & Paglialunga, E. (2016). Mitigation of adverse effects on competitiveness and leakage of unilateral EU climate policy: an assessment of policy instruments. Ecological Economics,128, 246–59.

Gerlagh, R. & Kuik, O.J. (2014). Spill or leak? Carbon leakage with international technology spillovers: A CGE analysis. Energy Economics, 45, 381–388. 

Kuik, O. (2014). REDD and international leakage via food and timber markets: a CGE analysis. Mitigation and Adaption Strategies for Global Change, 19(6), 641–655.

Kuik, O.J. & Hofkes, M. (2010). Border adjustment for European emissions trading: competitiveness and carbon leakage. Energy Policy, 38(4), 1741–1784.

Kuik, O.J., Brander, L. & Tol, R.S.J. (2009). Marginal abatement costs of greenhouse gas emissions: a meta-analysis. Energy Policy, 37(4), 1395–1403.

Kuik, O.J., Aerts, J., Berkhout, F., Biermann, F., Bruggink, J., Gupta, J. & Tol, R.S.J. (2008). Post-2012 climate change policy dilemmas: a review of proposals. Climate Policy, 8(3), 317–336.

Kuik, O.J. & Mulder, M. (2004). Emissions trading and competitiveness: pros and cons of relative and absolute schemes. Energy Policy, 32(6), 737–745.

Kuik, O.J. & Gerlagh, R. (2003). Trade liberalization and carbon leakage. The Energy Journal, 24, 97–120.

Kuik, O.J. (2003). Climate change policies, energy security and carbon dependency: trade-offs for the European Union in the longer term. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 3, 221–242.

Climate change – Impacts and adaptation

Koopman, J.L., Kuik, O., Tol, R.S.J. & Brouwer, R.(2015). The potential of water markets to allocate water between industry, agriculture and public water utilities as an adaptation mechanism to climate change. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Climate Change, DOI: 10.1007/s11027-015-9662-z.

Koopman, J.L., Kuik, O., Tol, R.S.J. & Brouwer, R.(2015). Water scarcity from climate change and adaptation response in an international river basin context. Climate Change Economics, 6(1). 1550004. http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S2010007815500049.

Brander, L.M., Bräuer, I., Gerdes, H., Ghermandi, A., Kuik, O., Markandya, A., Navrud, S., Nunes, P.A.L.D., Schaafsma, M., Vos, H. & Wagtendonk, A. (2012). Using meta-analysis and GIS for value transfer and scaling up: valuing climate change induced losses of European wetlands. Environmental and Resource Economics, 52(3), 395–413.

Kuik, O.J., Buchner, B., Catenacci, M., Goria, A., Karakaya, E. & Tol R.S.J. (2008). Methodological aspects of recent climate change damage cost studies. The Integrated Assessment Journal, 8(1), 19–40.

Tol, R.S.J., Downing, Th.E., Kuik, O.J. & Smith, J.B. (2004). Distributional aspects of climate change impacts. Global Environmental Change, 14(3), 259–272.

Kuik, O.J., Helming, J.F.M., Dorland, C. & Spaninks, F.A. (2000). The economic benefits to agriculture of a reduction of low-level ozone pollution in the Netherlands. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 27(1), 75–90.


Kahsay, T.N., Kuik, O., Brouwer, R. & van der Zaag, P. (2015). Estimation of the  transboundary economic impacts of the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis. Water Resources Economics, 10, 14–30. doi: 10.1016/j.wre.2015.02.003.

Kuik, O., Bastos Lima, M. & Gupta, J. (2011). Energy security in a developing world. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 2(4), 627–634.

Musall, F.D. & Kuik, O.J. (2011). Local acceptance of renewable energy – a case study from southeast Germany. Energy Policy, 39, 3252–3260.

Gupta, J., van Asselt, H., Kuik, O.J. & Evans, Ch. (2007). Exogenous promotion of sustainable electricity policies in India: Opportunities and challenges. Energy & Environment, 18(3-4), 403–420.

Lise, W., Linderhof, V., Kuik, O.J., Kemfert, C., Östling, R. & Heinzov, Th. (2006). Northwestern European electricity market – What are the effects of market power on prices and the environment? Energy Policy, 34(15), 2123–2136.


Bouma, J.A., Kuik, O. & Dekker, A.G. (2011). Assessing the value of Earth Observation for managing coral reefs: an example from the Great Barrier Reef. Science of the Total Environment, 409,  4497–4503.

Bouma, J.A., van der Woerd, H. & Kuik, O.J. (2009). Assessing the value of information for water quality management in the North Sea. Journal of Environmental Management, 90(2), 1280–1288.

Kuik, O.J. (2005). Fair trade and ethical labeling in the clothing, textile and footwear sector: the case of blue jeans. ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, 11(3), 619–635 (also in Spanish: 799–817). 

Ancillary activities

Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017