prof. dr. Henri de Groot

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Henri de Groot (1971) is currently professor in Regional Economic Dynamics at the Department of Spatial Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and also affiliated to Ecorys (Rotterdam). Since 2002, he is a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute, he is academic partner of the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, and since December 2015, he is crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER). He studied Economics at Tilburg University and graduated in 1994 (cum laude). In 1998, he obtained his Ph.D. from Tilburg University with a dissertation on economic growth, unemployment and the sectoral composition of economies. Subsequently, he was affiliated as a post-doc at the Department of Spatial Economics of the VU University Amsterdam and later as an assistant professor (from 2002–2004) and associate professor (from 2004–2010). 

He is (co-)author of more than 90 publications in international peer reviewed journals and in edited volumes published by renowned international publishing houses, in addition to more than 60 peer-reviewed and popular publications in Dutch. Furthermore, he is (co-)author of several books, edited volumes and special journal issues. He is associate editor of Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences and regular reviewer for many peer-reviewed international journals.


His current research deals with the empirics of regional economic growth, agglomeration and trade, energy and environmental economics, urban economics, technology adoption and meta-analysis. He has been involved in various research projects for the European Commission, the World Bank, the Dutch Science Foundation, Dutch ministries and several municipalities. He has also worked on several projects in cooperation with the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, dealing with climate change, European welfare states, the effectiveness of the European Cohesion Policy, the scenario study ‘Four Futures’, several projects on the impact of globalization and the study ‘Stad en Land’. He has frequently presented research papers at a wide range of international conferences for economists, regional scientists and policy makers, including those of the European Economic Association, the Netherlands Network of Economics, and the Regional Science Association International. He has also been a visitor of Christian Michelsen Institute (Bergen), the Norwegian Business School (Bergen) and the World Trade Organization (Geneva). 


Since October 2002, he is strongly involved in the development of the BSc programme in Economics and Business Economics at the VU University Amsterdam, of which he is currently program director. He has also been strongly involved in the development of the BSc Programme ‘Aarde en Economie’ and the MSc Programme in ‘Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics’. He has extensively taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in microeconomics, macroeconomics, urban and regional economics, the empirics of economic growth, meta-analysis and empirical research methods. He is advisor of numerous MSc and PhD students. He currently teaches courses in Regional and Urban Economics, Microeconomics, and Globalization and Transaction Costs.

Ancillary activities

  • Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) | Den Haag | Member Advisory Council 'Environmental & Neigborhood Statist | 2013-01-01 - present
  • Sociaal Economische Raad (SER) | Den Haag | Crown-appointed member | 2016-01-01 - present
  • Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) | Oslo | Chair of evaluation panel | 2017-02-01 - present
  • RLI | Den Haag | External member advisory board Rli | 2018-05-01 - present

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Research Output 1997 2019

Agglomeration and Human Capital Spillovers: Identification and Spatial Scope

Verstraten, P. W. A. H., 2019, 203 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Are poor provinces catching‐up the rich provinces in Indonesia?

Kurniawan, H., de Groot, H. L. F. & Mulder, P., 29 Jan 2019, In : Regional Science, Policy and Practice. 11, 1, p. 89-108

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
socioeconomic indicator
panel data
school enrollment

Flood Protection and Endogenous Sorting of Households: the role of credit constraints

Husby, T. G., de Groot, H. L. F., Hofkes, M. & Filatova, T., 1 Feb 2018, In : Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 23, 2, p. 147-168 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
return period
flood protection

Land use, worker heterogeneity and welfare benefits of public goods

Teulings, C. N., Ossokina, I. V. & de Groot, H. L. F., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Urban Economics. 103, p. 67-82 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

land use
educational attainment

Living Apart Together: The Economic Value of Ethnic Diversity in Cities

Bakens, J., Florax, R. J. G. M., de Groot, H. L. F. & Mulder, P., 2018, Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 37 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 18, no. 029/VIII).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Activities 1997 2016

  • 39 Lecture / Presentation
  • 6 Editorial work
  • 4 PhD thesis examination
  • 4 Membership

The price of Dutch (urban) design: Measuring the impact of neighbourhood layout on house values

J.E.C. Dekkers (Speaker), H.L.F. de Groot (Speaker), A. van den Brink (Speaker)
23 Aug 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Foreign(-Owned) Companies and their Employees in the Netherlands

M.J. Smit (Speaker), J.L. Mohlmann (Speaker), H.L.F. de Groot (Speaker), O. Raspe (Speaker)
1 Nov 2012

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Addressing Spatial Spillovers of Rural Development Plans

M.J. Smit (Speaker), E.S. van Leeuwen (Speaker), H.L.F. de Groot (Speaker)
30 Aug 2011

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Agglomeration externalities Identified: From meta-to micro-analysis

H.L.F. de Groot (Speaker)
16 Jun 2010

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The determinants of FDI: The multiple dimensions of accessibility

H.L.F. de Groot (Speaker)
19 Aug 2010

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic