Elbert Dijkgraaf is professor at the Erasmus School of Economics where he holds the chair "Empirical economics of the public sector". He is also fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. Elbert is also professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Finally, Elbert is owner of Dijkgraaf Strategisch Advies. Elbert was Member of Parliament for the SGP between 2010 and 2018.
His research is organized around empirical economics, public sector economics, industrial organization, competition policy, regulation, and environmental policy. The focus of his research is in network sectors (the waste market, the water market, the energy market and the care market), agricultural economics, education and environmental issues. He worked for the European Commission, Dutch ministries (Education, Environment, Economic Affairs, Care, Finance), provincial and local governments, private companies (waste, energy, water) and sector organizations (water, waste, notaries, environment). Dijkgraaf published 29 articles in international scientific journals and more than a hundred other professional publications (national journals, policy reports, scientific papers and newspaper articles).