Third edition ‘The Economics of Urban Transportation’ verschenen

Congratulations Erik Verhoef! Together with Kenneth Small and Robin Lindsey, he finished a third edition of a seminal textbook on ‘The Economics of Urban Transportation’. This new edition incorporates the latest research affecting the design, implementation, pricing, and control of transport systems in towns and cities. The book offers an economic framework for understanding the…

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Research project ENHANCE: Successful kick-off meeting

On April 8, 2024, the kick-off meeting of research project ENHANCE took place at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. ENHANCE, short for ‘Enhancing Sustainable Travel in Small Cities and Outer Metropolitan Areas’, started in January 2024, and unites researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (lead), University College London, Birkbeck University of London, and Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In…

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First publication and new position for Antonia Kurz

Congratulations Antonia Kurz! She had her first article on ‘Within-country leakage due to the exemption of small emitters from emissions pricing’ published in The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. More good news: Antonia accepted a six-year postdoc position at DIW Berlin as per September 2024. At DIW Berlin Antonia will pursue and lead innovative…

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Michael König: Paper accepted for publication in the RAND Journal of Economics

Good news for Michael König! His paper on “Endogenous Technology Spillovers in Dynamic R&D Networks” (co-authored by Chih-Sheng Hsieh and Xiaodong Liu) has been accepted for publication in the RAND Journal of Economics. The abstract is provided below. Abstract   We introduce a stochastic R&D network formation model where firms choose both R&D efforts and…

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The price of impatience: Why being patient when selling your home pays off

What would you do? Say you’re about to move, but your current home hasn’t sold yet. Do you opt for a low asking price, which means a quick sale at a low(er) but acceptable price? Or do you opt for a higher asking price and wait for higher bids? Hans Koster and Jan Rouwendal investigated…

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Strengthening international collaboration: University of Indonesia visits VU Amsterdam

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) had the honour of welcoming esteemed guests from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia (FEBUI) on November 14, 2023. This significant visit, led by Dr. Teguh Dartanto, Dean of FEBUI, along with Dr. Isfandiarni Rosidin (Director of the International Undergraduate…

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PhD Defense Stuart Donovan: Ties that bind and fray – Agglomeration economies and location choice

On 14 November, Stuart Donovan successfully defended his PhD thesis on Ties that bind and fray: Agglomeration economies and location choice at the Auditorium of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Promotors were Henri L.F. de Groot, Carl Koopmans, and Thomas de Graaff. Why does an increasing share of the population live in cities? Why do some cities…

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Mathieu Steijn about the changing advantages of the city, and who benefits from that

On Sunday, October 29, Mathieu Steijn was interviewed by the Dutch Radio Swammerdam to talk about the question: How have the benefits of cities changed in recent decades? And who actually benefits from them? Mathieu talked about his PhD research into the changing benefits of cities, how technological revolutions have changed work and industries and…

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New research: The effects of Greenbelt policy in England

An article on ‘The welfare effects of Greenbelt policy – Evidence from England’, authored by Hans Koster, is forthcoming in the Economic Journal. The central research question driving this article revolves around the debate concerning whether imposing restrictions on urban expansion is a good idea or not. Green areas around cities where construction is forbidden –…

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New research: Diversification of regions in times of crises

A blog post on diversification of regions in times of crises has just been published by the London School of Economics (LSE United States Centre). It is based on the article “Technological Diversification of U.S. Cities during the Great Historical Crises” that Spatial Economics’ Mathieu Steijn wrote with Pierre-Alexandre Balland, Ron Boschma, and David Rigby…

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