Department of Spatial Economics

Erik Verhoef appointed Adjunct Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University

New Minor: Real Estate Economics and Finance

IN MEMORIAM: Raymond J.G.M. Florax (1956 - 2017)

Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics awarded Top Rated Programme Distinction!

Top Rated Programme Distinction for our Master

In the Media

Experiments with tradeable mobility permits in order to find a solution for congestion - within the framework of U-SMILE, a joint research project of Spatial Economics VU, TU Delft, Groningen University and the Univerisyt of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam - have received a lot of attention in the media recently. Project leader Erik Verhoef was interviewed on several occassions:

Experimenten met spitsrechten om files tegen te gaan (RTL Nieuws, 4 September)

Nieuw experiment in strijd tegen files (BNR Nieuwsradio, 29 August)

Wat als je stadsbewoners een verzilverbaar 'parkeerrecht' geeft (Trouw, 30 August)

Jij woensdag de parkeerplaats in ruil voor de donderdag (NOS News item, 30 August)

VU start proef met verhandelbare parkeervergunning (NOS Radio 1 Journaal, 30 August)

VU onderzoekt verhandelbare parkeerrechten (Het Parool, 30 August)

Nederland slibt dicht (NOS Nieuwsuur article, 29 July)


Hans Koster: The influence of windmills on house prices (Algemeen Dagblad, 7 June, 2017)

More luggage - longer queues at Schiphol: Eric Pels in De Volkskrant, 17 May, 2017, p. 28.


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 (†).