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In the Media

Eric Pels on increasing air transport in the Netherlands on NH News TV of 18 January, 2017 (starting at 8:27).  

Erik Verhoef in radio programme BNR-Debate: 'A future without traffic jams' (13 January, 2017).

Research on the growing costs of soil subsidence (authored by among others Bart Kusse, Eric Koomen and Vasco Diogo) was discussed in the 8 o'clock newsemptyof 24 November 2016 (starting at 3:29). The report itself can be downloaded here.

Solutions for traffic jams - Erik Verhoef in the 8 o'clock news of 23 November, 2016 (starting at 9:15).

Eric Pels on the new strategy of Air France-KLM in the 8 o'clock news ('NOS journaal', 3 November, 2016, item starts at 17:00).

Why has road pricing ('rekeningrijden') still not been introduced in the Netherlands? Listen to Erik Verhoef in the radio programme Spitsuur (1 September, 2016).



The Department of Spatial Economics 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'.

The Department of Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit 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

No less than 8 professors from the Department are ranked by REPEC in the top 5% of Economics authors of the world, namely Raymond Florax, Henri de Groot, Peter Nijkamp, Rick van der Ploeg, Piet Rietveld (†), Richard Tol, Erik Verhoef and Cees Withagen.


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