Department of Spatial Economics

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

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.

Road pricing and politics: Erik Verhoef's views on the initiatives of GroenLinks in Het Financieele Dagblad, 11 March, 2017, p. 8

Via Appia - virtual time travelling. Spinlab researcher Rens de Hond gave a lecture at the Universiteit van Nederland.

How to solve congestion? Erik Verhhhhhhhhhhhhhhoef's view in Algemeen Dagblad (28 February).

Erik Verhoef on growing traffic in the 8 o'clock news (NOS journaal) of 28 February, 2017 (starting at 3:40).

Henri de Groog demand for production labour: people or robots? In Algemeen Dagblad (13 February, 2017).

Eric Pels on increasing air transport in the Netherlands on NH News TV of 18 January, 2017 (starting at 8:27).  

Erik Verhoef in radio programme BNR-Debate: 'A future without traffic jams' (13 January, 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 (†).