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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 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


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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