prof. dr. P. Rietveld (1952 - 2013)

Brief résumé

Piet Rietveld studied econometrics at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (cum laude degree) and received his PhD in economics at VU University Amsterdam. He worked at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Austria) and was research co-ordinator at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana in Salatiga, Indonesia. Since 1990 he has been professor in Transport Economics at the Faculty of Economics, VU University Amsterdam. He was a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute, RSAI and KiM. Further he was a member of KNAW Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of Academia Europaea.

Piet Rietveld passed away on November 1, 2013 (In Memoriam).

Research activities

  • Transport and regional development
  • Valuing quality of transport services
  • Economics of public transport
  • Pricing in transport
  • Modelling land use
  • Methods for Policy Analysis (Cost Benefit Analysis, Multi Criteria Analysis)

Educational activities

Piet Rietveld gives courses in transport economics and network & information economics.

Selected list of Publications

Rietveld, P. and F. Bruinsma, Is transport infrastructure effective? Transport infrastructure and accessibility: impacts on the space economy, Springer, Berlin, 1998.

Emmerink, R., E. Verhoef, P. Nijkamp and P. Rietveld, Information policy in road transport with elastic demand, European Economic Review, vol. 42, 1998, pp. 71-95.

Rietveld, P., F. Bruinsma, D. van Vuuren, Coping with unreliability in public transport chains: a case study for Netherlands, Transportation Research A, vol. 35, 2001, pp. 539-559.

Zhu, X., Ommeren, J.N. van & Rietveld, P. (2009). Indirect benefits of infrastructure improvement in the case of an imperfect labor market. Transportation Research Part B, 43, pp. 57-72. 

Jonkeren, O.E., Demirel, E., Ommeren, J.N. van & Rietveld, P. (2010). Endogenous transport prices and   trade imbalances. Journal of Economic Geography, pp. 1-19.

Tseng, Y., Rietveld, P. & Verhoef, E.T. (2012). Unreliable trains and induced rescheduling; implications  for cost-benefit analysis. Transportation, 2012 Volume 39, pp. 387-407.

Overview of Publications

Recent publications
Older publications 


  • Land use models and GIS
  • The market for information services in transport
  • Valuation of reliability by travellers 
  • ICT and transport
  • Railway stations and urban dynamics