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Paul Koster (1983) works as an assistant professor at the Department of Spatial Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He graduated at this department in Economics in 2007 and obtained his PhD in 2012 on a thesis entitled “The cost of travel time variability for air and car travellers”. He is also affiliated as a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute. 

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The main questions driving his research are: What is valuable and how can we measure value? His research focuses on experimental valuation and the regulation of externalities. He is an expert in the design and development of choice experiments and approaches to support public policy decisions that allow for the inclusion of broader values. 


He teaches Methods and Techniques for Economic Research (3d year BA Earth, Sustainability and Economics), Applications in Economic Policy (University minor in Economics 3d year Economics BA), Policy Lab (3rd year BA PPE) and supervises theses on the bachelor and master level in several programmes (STREEM, Economics, PPE, AED). 

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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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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