Frederick "Rick" van der Ploeg (born 28 April 1956, Rotterdam) is a Dutch economist. After having obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge, he held professorships in economics at the University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, and the London School of Economics. After having served as an MP for the Dutch Labour Party from 1994 until 1998, he became State Secretary for Culture and Media in the Netherlands (1998-2002). He is currently a professor of economics at the University of Oxford and the VU University Amsterdam, and the research director at the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies. In 2010 he became a correspondent of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.