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Carl Koopmans is Professor of Policy Evaluation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is also Research Director at SEO Economic Research in Amsterdam. He specialises in social cost-benefit analyses (SCBA) and is one of the Netherlands' leading experts in this field. He is co-author of the Netherlands SCBA guidelines for new infrastructure. Carl also makes use of SCBA in other policy areas: for example, he carried out research into the costs of power failures and the benefits of environmental policy, and analysed road pricing and the housing market.

Koopmans was Director of the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KiM) from 2006 to 2009. He was previously the head of the Transport and Energy departments at CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. Before that, he was project coordinator for the Scientific Council for Government Policy, where he carried out research into energy, environment and decision-making in large infrastructure projects. Carl previously worked for the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning & the Environment and for SEO Economic Research, where he was awarded his PhD for a thesis on informal labour in 1989. He studied econometrics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.


Policy evaluation, Cost-benefit analysis, Transport economics, Energy economics


Public sector economics, applied spatial economics, cost-benefit analysis

Ancillary activities

  • SEO Economisch Onderzoek | Amsterdam | Onbekend | 2014-01-02 - present

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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