Parking and car ownership: Will cheap parking spaces increase car ownership?

Many cities in Europa are congested. A high population density and historic city centres imply that there is little space left that can be used for parking.

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Should we invest in renovating historic buildings?

In many countries, vast amounts of public money are invested to preserve historic buildings. In the Netherlands, for example, total public expenditures on renovation subsidies have been more than a billion euros since the 1970s.

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Housing values, gas extraction and earthquakes

The production of natural gas has grown rapidly in recent years. For example, in the United States the total shale gas production has increased with almost 900 percent in the last six years.

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ff ‘Urban Dynamics – Analysing urban development dynamics and impacts’ was the title of the joint workshop organized by Spatial Economics U and Universitas Indonesia. The workshop was part of the WINNER Event (Week of Indonesia-Netherlands Education and Research)* and took place on October 27.   * WINNER is an initiative by the Embassy of…

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Cars have changed the way cities are organised. This column uses a sample of 123 cities in 57 countries to show that car ownership reduces the density of people and employment by allowing low-density expansion into the urban periphery. The findings have implications for cities in developing countries, where strong car ownership increases are expected…

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Meet our staff: Introducing Xiao Yu

Since the beginning of 2021, Xiao Yu joined the department of Spatial Economics. More specifically, she joined research project MOCOLODO (MObility during and after COrona LOckDOwn)*. ‘MOCOLODO represents the joint forces of interdisciplinary scientists to investigate the impacts of Covid-19 lockdowns. Our backgrounds are very diverse. We – the VU team, me, Erik Verhoef, and…

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