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Hans Koster (1987) is an associate professor at the Department of Spatial Economics, VU University 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 University Amsterdam. He defended his Ph.D. thesis in 2013. Hans is also affiliated as Research Fellow with the Tinbergen Institute and as Research Associate with the Spatial Economics Research Centre at the London School of Economics.


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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Research Output 2010 2019

Place-based policies, firm productivity, and displacement effects: Evidence from Shenzhen, China

Koster, H. R. A., Cheng, F. F., Gerritse, M. & van Oort, F. G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Regional Science.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Place-based policies and the housing market

Koster, H. R. A. & van Ommeren, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Review of Economics and Statistics.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Residential parking costs and car ownership: Implications for parking policy and automated vehicles

Ostermeijer, F. J., Koster, H. R. A. & van Ommeren, J., 2019, 020/VIII ed., Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 40 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 020/VIII).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

The Welfare Effects of Greenbelt Policy: Evidence from England

Koster, H. R. A. & Zabihidan, M., 2019, 023/VIII ed., Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 55 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 023/VIII).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Empty homes, longer commutes: The unintended consequences of more restrictive local planning

Cheshire, P., Hilber, C. A. L. & Koster, H. R. A., Feb 2018, In : Journal of Public Economics. 158, 2, p. 126-151 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Unintended consequences
Land use regulation
Labour market


August Lösch Prize

H.R.A. Koster (Recipient), 28 Jun 2014


Graduate Student-Led Paper Award at NARSC

H.R.A. Koster (Recipient), 9 Nov 2011


Urban Land Institute Award

H.R.A. Koster (Recipient) & J.N. van Ommeren (Recipient), 2015


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