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Hans Koster (1987) is Professor of Urban Economics and Real Estate at the Department of Spatial Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Hans obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and his master’s degree (cum laude) in Spatial Economics at the VU. He defended his Ph.D. thesis in 2013. Hans is also affiliated as Research Fellow with the Tinbergen Institute and as Leading Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg.


Hans’s research concerns the economic analysis of cities, regions and the environment. In an ever-changing urban world, there are several important questions that require answers. For example, how do we cope with the challenges of a steadily increasing urban population? How do people and firms compete for space? What are the costs and benefits of land use regulations? Should we invest public money in deprived neighbourhoods to reduce spatial disparities? These and other questions Hans is trying to answer using big data and advanced econometric techniques.


2014 – VENI grant for project “Places, planning, prices and politics: The Welfare Economics of Urban Planning”.
2014 – Data-without-boundaries grant (EU funded) for project “Land Use Planning, Agglomeration Economies And The Office Market: Evidence From Blitz Bombings” – with Gerard Dericks (Oxford University)
2012 – LSE STICERD grant for project “The Determinants of Residential Vacancy Rates” – with Paul Cheshire (LSE) and Christian Hilber (LSE)

Prizes and Awards


2014 – August Lösch Prize for dissertation “The Internal Structure of Cities: The Economics of Agglomeration, Amenities and Accessibility”. 

2013 – Finalist (1/3) for Junior Societal Impact Award at VU University Amsterdam 

Ancillary activities

  • National Research University - Higher School of Economics | St. Petersburg | Adviseur | 2018-01-01 - present

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  • G Geography (General)
  • HB Economic Theory
  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • HA Statistics


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