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Erik Verhoef (1966) graduated in Economics at the University of Groningen (1991), and obtained a PhD in Economics at VU Amsterdam on a thesis entitled “The regulation of road transport externalities”. He is now affiliated as a full professor in Spatial Economics at this same university, and as a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute. He has been Vice (Research) Dean of the School of Business and Economics, and is currently Head of Department of Spatial Economics, both at VU Amsterdam.

Erik Verhoef's research focuses on efficiency and equity aspects of spatial externalities and their economic regulation, in particular in transport, urban and spatial systems. Important research themes include second-best regulation, network- and spatial analysis and methodological development, efficiency aspects versus equity and social acceptability, industrial organization in network markets, valuation and behavioural modelling, and policy evaluation. He has been involved in various national and international research consortia. His research is at the interface of welfare-, micro-, transport-, urban-, spatial- and environmental economics. He has published various books and numerous articles on these topics.

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Traffic congestion, static and dynamic network analysis, urban externalities, second-best regulation, efficiency and equity aspects of spatial externalities and regulation, spatial equilibrium modelling, valuation, transport economics, urban economics.


Erik Verhoef teaches, among others, courses in Environmental and Transport Economics (2nd year BA), Transport Economics (MSc), Microeconomics (MSc), and Spatial and Transport Economics at the Tinbergen Institute (M-phil).


European (selected projects)

 Dutch (selected projects)

  • 2020-2022 Mocolodo (ZonMW), Overall coordinator - www.mocolodo.nl
  • 2016-2020 U-Smile (NWO SURF), Overall coordinator - www.sbe.vu.nl/u-smile
  • 2009-2014 i-PriSM (NWO DBR), Overall coordinator
  • 2006-2009 Verzekeren per Kilometer (Transumo)
  • 2006-2009 Benuttingsproef (Transumo), Scientific coordinator
  • 2006-2007 The value of travel time and travel time reliability: survey design (Dutch Ministry of Transport)
  • 2004 Design and impacts of pricing policies for road transport (Dutch Ministry of Transport)
  • 2002-2006 MD-PIT (NWO-Connekt), Overall coordinator
  • 1998 Economische Effecten van Rekeningrijden (Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat)
  • 1996-1997 Policy Instruments for Energy Efficiency Improvement (NWO)
  • 1996 De maatschappelijke haalbaarheid van rekeningrijden (Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat)

Prizes and Awards

  • Advanced ERC Grant 2010 “OPTION: Optimizing Policies for Transport: accounting for Industrial Organization in Network markets”.

  • Elected Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (2010).

  • Highly Cited Author Award 2004 – 2008, Journal of Urban Economics. For the paper “The economics of airport congestion pricing”.

  • Reimut Jochimsen Prize 2006 for the paper “Auctioning Concessions for Private Roads” (with Barry Ubbels)
  • RSUE Award for Innovative Research by Recent Doctoral Candidates 2000, awarded by Regional Science and Urban Economics for the paper “Second-best congestion pricing in general static transportation networks with elastic demands”.
  • The Epainos Prize 1996, European Regional Science Association.

  • Honorable Mention for the 1996 Dissertation Prize of the Transportation Science Section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Ancillary activities

  • Raad van Advies Verkeers- en Vervoermodellen RWS | onbekend | Lid | 2015-01-01 - present
  • Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid | Den Haag | Fellow | 2016-08-01 - present
  • Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid (SWO | Onbekend | Lid Raad van Toezicht | 2016-09-23 - present
  • Jiatong University | Beijing | | 2017-10-01 - present
  • De Raad voor Leefomgeving en Infrastructuur (RLI) | Den Haag | | 2020-09-01 - present
  • NWA | Den Haag | Boegbeeld NWA Route Logistiek en Transport | 2023-08-14 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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

Academic qualification

PhD, Economic Efficiency and Social Feasibility in the Regulation of Road Transport Externalities

1 Feb 199231 Jan 1996

Award Date: 25 Mar 1996

Master, Economics

1 Sept 19851 Nov 1991

Award Date: 21 Nov 1991

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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