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The Department of Spatial Economics at the VU University Amsterdam is engaged in many economic problems in which space plays a prominent role. The department of Spatial Economics offers insights and applications from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

 

The 60 staff members are involved in both fundamental research, as well as in national and international commissioned research. With this research, the department has gained national and international recognition, as shown by the large number of international publications and awards, the appearance of different staff members as experts in the media and the presence of various section members on the typically Dutch phenomenon of 'Economists Parade'.

 

Programs and Degrees in Regional Science

 

faculty VU   tinbergen institute

 VU Graduate School of Economics and Business

 

MSc program STREEM: Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics

The Tinbergen Institute: graduate school and research institute in economics of Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam

 

Thesis on Regional Science in the last five years

2016

Bakens, Jessie – Ph.D. – Economic impacts of immigrants and ethnic diversity on cities

H.L.F. de Groot, R.J.G.M. Florax & P. Mulder

Dimitropoulos, Alexandros – Ph.D. - Low emission vehicles: Consumer demand and fiscal policy

J.N. van Ommeren

Husby, Trond – Ph.D. – Economic impacts of behavioural responses to flood risk - Exloring general equilibrium using micro-level insights

M.W. Hofkes & H.L.F. de Groot

Jacobs-Crisioni, Chris – Ph.D. – Spatial data analyses of urban land use and accessibility

H.J. Scholten & E. Koomen

Kagan, Mark – Ph.D. – Issues in climate change economics: Uncertainty renewable energy innovation and fossil fuel scarcity

C.A.A.M. Withagen & F. van der Ploeg

Mouwen, Arnoud – Ph.D. – The impact of public transport reform: An assessment of deregulation policies

J.N. van Ommeren & C.C. Koopmans

Ryszka, Karolina – Ph.D. - Resource extraction and the green paradox: Accounting for political economy issues and climate policies in a heterogeneous world.

C.A.A.M. Withagen & G.C. van der Meijden

Wang, Zhiling. People on the move: Barriers of culture, networks and language

P. Nijkamp, T. de Graaff & B.R. Chiswick

2015

Caragliu, Andrea – Ph.D. – The economics of proximity: regional growth, beyond geographic proximity

P. Nijkamp & R. Capello

Dijk, Justin – Ph.D. – On the efficiency and effectiveness of policy instruments for the procurement of environmental services

D.P. van Soest & J.H. Ansink

Estrada Porrua, Francisco – Ph.D. – (2015, April 01). A contribution to the study of the economic causes and consequences of climate change: An interdisciplinary approach

R.S.J. Tol, E. Papyrakis & P. Perron

Gheasi, Masood – Ph.D. – Social economic aspects of the diaspora world

P. Nijkamp & P. Rietveld

Gosens, Tom – Ph.D. – The value of recreational areas in urban regions

P. Rietveld & J. Rouwendal

Gubins, Sergejs – Ph.D. –Information technologies and travel

E.T. Verhoef & dr. T. de Graaff

Kobus, Martijn – Ph.D. – Economic studies on public facility use

P. Rietveld & J.N. van Ommeren

Ridderstaat, Jorge – Ph.D. – Studies on determinants of tourism demand dynamics in a small island destination

P. Nijkamp & R.R. Croes

Silva Montalva, Hugo – Ph.D. – Airport pricing policies. Airline conduct, price discrimination, dynamic congestion and network effects

E.T. Verhoef & V.A.C. van den Berg

Vries, Jacob J. de – Ph.D. – Estimation of Alonso's theory of movements for commuting

J.N. van Ommeren & P. Rietveld

Weijde, Harry van der – Ph.D. – The industrial organization of transport markets. modeling, pricing, investment and regulation in rail and road networks

E.T. Verhoef & V.A.C. van den Berg

2014

Gerritse, Michiel – Ph.D. –  Policy competition and the spatial economy

H.L.F. de Groot & E.T. Verhoef

Loon, Ruben van – Ph.D. – Tourism and the economic valuation of cultural heritage

P. Rietveld & J. Rouwendal

2013

Behrens, Christian – Ph.D. – Product differentiation in aviation passenger markets. The impact of demand heterogeneity on competition

E.T. Verhoef, E. Pels & M.G. Lijesen

Duijn, Mark van – Ph.D. – Location choice, cultural heritage and house prices

P. Rietveld & J. Rouwendal

Groot, Stefan – Ph.D. – Agglomeration, globalization and regional labor markets

H.L.F. de Groot & P. Rietveld

Koster, Hans – Ph.D. – The internal structure of cities
P. Rietveld & J.N. van Ommeren

Mohlmann, Jan – Ph.D. – Globalization and productivity

H.L.F. de Groot & P. Rietveld

Ozgen, Ceren – Ph.D. – Impacts of immigration and cultural diversity on innovation and economic growth

P. Nijkamp & H.J. Poot

Peer, Stefanie – Ph.D. – The economics of trip scheduling, travel time variability and traffic information E.T. Verhoef & C.C. Koopmans

Steenbruggen, John – Ph.D. – Road traffic incident management and situational awareness

P. Rietveld, H.J. Scholten & A.J. van der Vlist

 

Awards in Regional Science in the last ten years

 

NARSC Graduate-Student-Led Paper Competition

 NARSC prijs klein tcm97-243603

 2011 - Sergej Gubins - Teleworking and Congestion: A Dynamic Bottleneck Analysis, co-authored by Erik Verhoef

 

 2011 - Hans Koster - Upscale Neighbourhoods: Historic Amenities, Income and Spatial Sorting of Households, co-authored by Jos van Ommeren en Piet Rietveld

 

EPAINOS prize

2010 - Michiel Gerritse - Commuting and solvable agglomeration

 

2008 - Eveline van Leeuwen - The Effects of Future Retail Developments on the Local Economy - Combining Micro and Macro Approaches

 

2000 - Thomas de Graaff - Estimating the Effect of Labor Market Absorption of Ethnic Minorities

 

1996 - Erik Verhoef - The Implementation of Marginal External Cost Pricing in Road Transport

 

Regional Science Scholars’ 

 

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Henri L.F. de Groot

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Frank R. Bruinsma

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Eric Koomen

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Erik Verhoef

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Peter Nijkamp

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Jos Van Ommeren

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Eric Pels

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Jan Rouwendal

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Thomas de Graaff

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Peter Mulder 

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Paul R. Koster

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Eveline van Leeuwen

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Hans Koster

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Martin Adler

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Christian Behrens

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Vasco Diogo

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REPEC Ranking

 

The Department of Spatial Economics at VU University Amsterdam is a world player in the domains of Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics. REPEC ranks the Department in the top 5% of the world in the following domains: Transport Economics, Tourism Economics, Economic Geography  Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, and Urban and Real Estate economics. For the Transport Economics field it even achieves position 4 worldwide (May 2013).

 

No less than 7 professors from the Department are ranked by REPEC in the top 5% of Economics authors of the world, namely Peter Nijkamp, Richard Tol, Piet Rietveld, Rick van der Ploeg, Cees Withagen, Erik Verhoef and Henri de Groot.  

 

 

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