Dr. ir. J.H. Ansink

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Erik Ansink is a researcher at the Deparment of Spatial Economics at VU University Amsterdam. He is also affiliated to the Department of Economic and Social History of Utrecht University, and he is the managing editor of Water Resources & Economics (an Elsevier journal).

His 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.

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Selected publications

River sharing and water trade, Oxford Economic Papers, accepted (2017), with Hans-Peter Weikard

The economics of violence in natural states, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 132, 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, 807-831 (2015), with Hans-Peter Weikard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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