Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics is a one-year master programme worth 60 EC credits. You may specialize in one or a combination of the following fields:
Urban and Regional Economics
This is about the good (e.g. high wages) and the bad (e.g. high crime) of cities and regions. For example, why are some cities thriving, while others struggle? What types of firms and people cluster in space, and why? What does economic theory teach us about policy challenges that metropolitan areas face, such as crime, segregation, traffic congestion and environmental pollution? How can you use and further develop techniques, methods and tools in this field?
What are the causes and consequences of a growing demand for mobility from a microeconomic perspective? How can we address problems such as congestion, reliability, safety, and environmental externalities? For example, what are the implications of market power in network markets such as aviation and public transport, and how should we address these in transport policy? Why did you pay more for your flight ticket than the person sitting next to you in the plane? Is there a way to stimulate drivers to avoid peak hours, in order to take the pressure off the roads?
What are the economic aspects of environmental problems and policy? How can you combine scientific and policy expertise? How can you address the need to integrate economics with insights from other disciplines, notably the environmental sciences? For example, to what extent are environmental taxes too low, and why? Why would countries want to join the Kyoto Protocol or the Sofia Protocol? What role could trade sanctions play herein?
♦ Was awarded the ‘Top Rated Programme’ distinction 2017. Students are very pleased with the scientific training and the teaching staff.
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♦ Unique in the world: the only master that analyses urban/regional issues, transport, and environmental problems from an economic perspective.
♦ Excellent career prospects. Most graduates find jobs within 3 months as policy economists with (inter)national government agencies or consultancy firms, or at organizations such as airlines or railway operators – and are better payd than graduates from other economic programmes. Some opt for a career in economic research.
♦ Teaching staff includes internationally renowned professors such as Erik Verhoef, Cees Withagen, Jos van Ommeren and Henri de Groot. They are often consulted by the government and actively participate in policy debates in the media.
♦ Research of the School of Business and Economics is number 1 in the Netherlands when it comes to quality, societal relevance, and viability.
"The year I spent at VU Amsterdam completely changed the way how I approach transport-related problems and their interrelations with spatial economic and environmental phenomena. I strongly recommend STREEM for those who wish to complement earlier studies with deeper understanding in the economics of transportation and other network industries."
"This master was a challenge, and in one year master I developed my scientific scales more than I expected. The teaching staff contributed to my self-development and knowledge gain, and was very engaged with the students. Because of the small classes there was always space for discussion about interesting subjects. This made us think outside the box. Also were we frequently informed about work or internship opportunities."
"The STREEM Master was a valuable and fundamental opportunity for my personal growth and scientific development. It allowed me to improve and deepen both theoretical and empirical knowledge by attending the lectures and by working under the supervision of international worldclass professors and researchers."
"This master allowed me to grow as an economist; the program's approach of theoretical and practical courses provides a strong analytical and deep understanding of the spatial, transport and environmental economic interactions. Being able to participate in a highly academic environment and becoming a more versatile economist is why I recommend STREEM."