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Eric Pels graduated in economics at the VU University Amsterdam in 1994. He worked as a junior researcher at the Economics and Social Institute in 1994, and as a junior researcher at the department of Spatial Economics. From 1996 to 2000, he worked as an assistant researcher at the department of Spatial Economics and the Tinbergen Institute. In that period, he finished his dissertation entitled "Airport economics and policy: efficiency, competition, and interaction with airlines". Since then, he was a post-doc researcher and assistant professor. He currently has a position as associate professor at the department of Spatial Economics.

Editorial activities

Editor submitted papers, Transport Policy, 2018 -

Member editorial advisory board, Transportation Research E, 2008 -

Member international editorial board, Journal of Air Transport Maanagement, 2013 -

Prizes and Awards

Highly cited author award for paper "The economics of airport congestion pricing" in the Journal of Urban Economics; with E.T. Verhoef; 2009

Winner of the Regional Science Association Internanational Dissertation Competition; 2000


Aviation economics, transport economics, transport and the environment


Bijdrage aan onderzoek luchthaventarieven Schiphol 

Institutions in the U.S. aviation market
Congestion pricing at transport nodes
Civil Aviation Authority
Airport Cost function estimation
Airport Benchmarking Project

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Micro economics and transport economics (Master Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics (STREEM))

Transport economics and management and airline business (Master business administration, specialization Transport and Supply Chain Management (TSCM))

Chair Programme Committee TSCM

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Research Output 1996 2017

Air cargo: Identifying 'white spots' and 'grey spots'

Pels, A. J. H. 2017

Research output: Non-textual formOnline publication or Website

Public Infrastructure and Regional growth: Evidence from Turkey

Elburz, Z., Nijkamp, P. & Pels, A. J. H. 2017 In : European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research. 17, 4, p. 495-507

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Public infrastructure
Regional growth
Transportation infrastructure
Regional economic growth

Public infrastructure and regional growth: Lessons from meta-analysis

Elburz, Z., Nijkamp, P. & Pels, A. J. H. 2017 In : Journal of Transport Geography. 58, January, p. 1-8

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The User Costs of Air Travel Delay Variability

Koster, P. R., Pels, E. & Verhoef, E. T. 2016 In : Transportation Science. 50, 1, p. 120-131

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Cost-efficiency benchmarking of European air navigation service providers

Bilitkach, V., Gitto, S., Jovanovic, R., Mueller, J. & Pels, E. 2015 In : Transportation Research. Part A: Policy & Practice. 77, p. 50-60

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Air navigation
service provider