Department of Spatial Economics

In the Media

Duitse tolheffing tot zeker 2020 uitgesteld. 'Dat had je kunnen zien aankomen' (interview with Erik Verhoef on BRN Nieuwsradio, 9 March, 2018)
Eerste experiment met filehandel veelbelovend (article on the results of research within the project U-SMILE, Algemeen Dagblad, 8 March, 2018)
Eerste experiment met verhandelbare verkeersrechten veelbelovend (press release on the results of research within U-SMILE on, with factsheet attached, beginning of March, 2018)
Erik Verhoef on traffic peak hours (Het Financieele Dagblad, 10 February, 2018, p. 6-8)
Erik Verhoef: The introduction of road pricing is just a matter of time (Nederlands Dagblad, 6 January, 2018)
Erik Verhoef on the costs of a snow day (NOS Nieuwsuur, 11 December, 2017, from 6:13)
Interview with Erik Verhoef on smart measures to solve congestion (SURF, 1 December, 2017)
Erik Verhoef on congestion (Goedemorgen Nederland, 30 November, 2017, from 15:00)
Jos van Ommeren: Almere should grow - but not as commuter town only (Interview in FD, repost from Verdus, 17 October, 2017)
Eric Pels on the trouble in airline industries (AD, 4 October, 2017)


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 Henri de Groot, Peter Nijkamp, Rick van der Ploeg, Richard Tol, Erik Verhoef, Cees Withagen, Raymond Florax (†) and Piet Rietveld (†).