Department of Spatial Economics

In the Media
100 miljoen extra voor aanpak files (comments of Erik Verhoef in NOS 8 o'clock news, 17 March, 2018).
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, at the School of Business and Economics of VU Amsterdam, is engaged in economic problems in which space plays a prominent role. The Department of Spatial Economics offers insights and applications in urban, regional, transport and environmental challenges from a primarily economic perspective, often enriched through multi-disciplinary collaborations.

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 citations; the appearance of different staff members in editorial boards and as experts in the media and advisory boards; and the presence of various section members on the typically Dutch phenomenon of 'Economists Parade'.

According to RePEc (accessed in April 2018), the School ranks in the top 5% of institutions worldwide in the fields of Transport Economics, Urban and Real Estate Economics, Economic Geography, Environmental Economics and Energy Economics. Moreover, various current staff members make it to the top 5% in RePEc's general ranking of economists, or in the economists' rankings in the fields just mentioned: Erik Verhoef, Jos van Ommeren, Henri de Groot, Jan Rouwendal, Carolyn Fischer, Cees Withagen, Rik van der Ploeg and Richard Tol.