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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Lack of affordable housing? Simply building more is not the only solution

How to handle the lack of affordable housing in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area? Simply building more is not the only solution, according to Henri de Groot in the Dutch AT5 tv programme Bouw Woon Leef.  We need to look at a more fair distribution of the number of square meters in a city, he says.…

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Hans Koster on the effects of industrial robots on workers

Recently a NBER paper on ‘Robots and workers: Evidence from the Netherlands‘ was published by Daron Acemoglu, Hans Koster and Ceren Ozgen. What exactly is this research about and why is it so important? We asked co-author Hans Koster. ‘Industrial robots are autonomous machines that are used in manufacturing in order to produce goods’, says…

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NWO Open Competition: New research project for Steven Poelhekke

For his research proposal  ‘Restricting raw material exports — bad for the world, good at home?’  Spatial Economics’ Steven Poelhekke (projectleader) together with Maarten Bosker (Erasmus University  Rotterdam) and Paul Pelzl (Norwegian School of Economics) received funding from the NWO 2022 Open Competition SSH – M funding round. Summary Industrial raw materials such as copper,…

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Master STREEM rates excellent on programme content and assessment

After the publication of the Keuzegids 2023 on 9 March it turned out that students are very satisfied with the master  Spatial, Transport & Environmental Economics (STREEM). In particular, STREEM scores maximum on content and assessment. Both components receive the maximum ‘++’ score. In addition to the bronze medal of EW Best Studies, this is…

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Dutch Environmental And Resource Economist Day 2023

On Friday the 10th of February 2023, the first edition of the Dutch Environmental And Resource Economist (DEARE) Day took place. After a successful small-scale workshop in Tilburg in March 2022, this year the event scaled up in size and took place at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, organized by Sacha den Nijs, Gerard van der Meijden…

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Get to know our staff: Introducing Yuzhi Yang, PhD student

Yuzhi Yang joined our department in September 2021 to work on a research project about river pollution management, under supervision of Steven Poelhekke and Erik Ansink. Her background is quite unusual: ‘I grew up in a Buddhist shrine, Wutai Mountain in Shanxi province of China. On my eighteenth, I went to Harbin Institute of Technology…

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EW Best Studies: Bronze medal for Spatial Economics’ Master

The master Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics (usually abbreviated as STREEM) obtained the bronze medal in de EW Beste Studies 2022. This means in fact that STREEM is one of the best Economics Masters, and the best Applied Economics Master. EW Best Studies 2022 analyzed 2,273 bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. 340 individual programmes at…

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Meet our staff: Introducing Diego Candia Riquelme, PhD student

In 2019, Diego Candia Riquelme joined our department as PhD student, supervised by Erik Verhoef. Diego studied industrial engineering and completed a master in transportation engineering at the University of Chili. What exactly do you study? I mostly do modelling on urban congestion, and interaction with labour taxes for now. The more general framework of that…

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New project: Critical Minerals and the Clean Energy Transition

Joëlle Noailly, Gerard van der Meijden and Steven Poelhekke have been awarded a research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for the project “Critical Minerals and the Clean Energy Transition”. A major obstacle to the energy transition often overlooked is the critical reliance of future clean energy systems on a few essential minerals,…

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