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- Associate Professor
Raymond J.G.M. Florax (1956) holds degrees in economics and sociology, and is professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, in the US. He has a part-time association with the Department of Spatial Economics at the VU University Amsterdam. He formerly directed the department’s MASTER-point research group engaged in research on meta-analysis in spatial, transport, and environmental economics. Currently, he directs the "Space, Health and Population Economics" (SHaPE) program at Purdue University. His research deals with spatial data analysis, spatial and environmental modeling, and meta-analysis. He has published widely, and has extensive experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching. He has served a ten-year tenure as editor-in-chief of the journal “Papers in Regional Science,” and is a fellow of the Spatial Econometrics Association.
Research activitiesHis main research areas include spatial econometrics, spatial data analysis, spatial and environmental economics, and meta-analysis.
Educational activitiesHe has extensive experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, and is advisor of numerous Master and PhD students. Recently taught classes include classes on spatial econometrics, urban and regional economics, and meta-analysis.
This project comprises several PhD trajectories in which students focus on applying meta-analysis to diverse areas in the realm of spatial and environmental economics. Topics include economic growth, international trade, investment behavior, valuation, and spatial risk. The project also facilitates the development of new meta-analysis methods for non-experimental sciences, and the investigation of existing methods by means of Monte Carlo simulation techniques.
This project is being carried out under the umbrella of the NWO-SenterNovem energy research program. It focuses on investment in energy efficient technologies by small and medium sized firms. The project is part of a larger program in which also the University of Utrecht, Tilburg University, and the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) participate.