Erik Ansink

I work at the Department of Spatial Economics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I am a visiting fellow at the Department of Economic and Social History of Utrecht University and Tinbergen Institute. I am also the managing editor of Water Resources & Economics (an Elsevier journal).

My research focuses on economic issues related to coalition formation, institutions, and conflict, using a variety of research methods including tools and models from game theory, political economy, and experimental economics. Most of my work is applied to the management of water, nature conservation and transboundary rivers.

Please contact me at or if you do not have access to any of the papers below. See also my publication list or my Google Scholar page for a complete overview of my publications.

Last update: May 2017

Selected Publications

River coalitions and water trade, Oxford Economic Papers 69(2), 453-469 (2017) - with Michael Gengenbach and Hans-Peter Weikard

The economics of violence in natural states, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 132(A), 139-156 (2016) - with Bram van Besouw and Bas van Bavel

Sustainable agreements on stochastic river flow, Resource and Energy Economics 44, 92-117 (2016) - with Harold Houba

Composition properties in the river claims problem, Social Choice and Welfare 44(4), 807-831 (2015) - with Hans-Peter Weikard

The influence of legitimacy perceptions on cooperation: A framed field experiment, World Development 57(1), 127-137 (2014) - with Jetske Bouma, K.J. Joy and Suhas Paranjape

Market power in water markets, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 64(2), 237-252 (2012) - with Harold Houba

Sequential sharing rules for river sharing problems, Social Choice and Welfare 38(2), 187-210 (2012) - with Hans-Peter Weikard

The Arctic scramble: Introducing claims in a contest model, European Journal of Political Economy 27(4), 693-707 (2011)

Refuting two claims about virtual water trade, Ecological Economics 69(10), 2027-2032 (2010)

Contested water rights, European Journal of Political Economy 25(2), 247-260 (2009) - with Hans-Peter Weikard

Climate change and the stability of water allocation agreements, Environmental and Resource Economics 41(2), 249-266 (2008) - with Arjan Ruijs


Working Papers

Buyouts and agglomeration bonuses in wildlife corridor auctions, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 17/036 - with Justin Dijk and Daan van Soest

Crowd-funding conservation (and other public goods) - with Jetske Bouma, Dominic Hauck, Mark Koetse and Daan van Soest

International environmental agreements with support (an updated version of Members, joiners, free-riders, supporters, CESifo Working Paper 5802) - with Hans-Peter Weikard and Cees Withagen

Cooperation in watershed management: A field experiment on location, trust, and enforcement - with Abonesh Tesfaye, Jetske Bouma and Roy Brouwer

Green consumerism with network effects, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 14/150 - with Dominic Hauck, Jetske Bouma and Daan van Soest

Strategic behavior and the endowment effect in repeated procurement auctions - with Justin Dijk and Daan van Soest

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