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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. 


His research focuses on experimental valuation and the regulation of externalities. He is an expert in the design and development of novel experiments to support public policy decisions that allow for the inclusion of broader values of citizens. He works on explaining and understanding choice behavior using advanced discrete choice econometrics and connects behavioural models to economic evaluation of public policies.


He teaches in the courses Environmental and Transport Economics (2nd year BA Economics and Business Administration), Regional and Urban Economics (2nd year BA Economics and Business Administration), Methods and Techniques for Economic Research (3d year BA Earth & Economics), Research Seminar II (Master Transport & Supply Chain Management), Applications in Economic Policy (University minor in Economics 3d year Economics BA) and supervises theses on the bachelor and master level. He developed the new course experimental valuation for BA3 of the bachelor Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Faculty of Humanities).

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 19 Working paper
  • 18 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

An introduction to Participatory Value Evaluation

Mouter, N., Koster, P. R. & Dekker, T., 2019, 024/V ed., Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 20 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 024/V).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Regulating dynamic congestion externalities with tradable credit schemes: does a unique equilibrium exist?

Bao, Y., Verhoef, E. & Koster, P. R., 2019, 017/VIII ed., Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 20 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 017/VIII).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

The economics of participatory value evaluation

Dekker, T., Koster, P. R. & Mouter, N., 2019, 008/VIII ed., Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 38 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 008/VIII).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

To join or not to join? The impact of social interactions on local participation decisions

Bijker, R. A., van Leeuwen, E. S. & Koster, P. R., 2019, 003/VIII ed., Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 29 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 003/VIII).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Tradable permits to manage urban mobility: market design and experimental implementation

Brands, D. K., Verhoef, E., Knockaert, J. S. A. & Koster, P. R., 2019, 007/VIII ed., Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 18 p. (TI Discussion Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 007/VIII).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Activities 2008 2009

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation

Incidents in the bottleneck model

S. Peer (Speaker), P.R. Koster (Speaker), E.T. Verhoef (Speaker)
29 Jun 2009

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The costs of travel time uncertainty

P.R. Koster (Speaker)
5 Oct 2009

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Valuing the costs of travel time variability

P.R. Koster (Speaker), P. Rietveld (Speaker)
1 Aug 2008

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Stated preference designs for scheduling models

P.R. Koster (Speaker), Y. Tseng (Speaker)
1 Aug 2008

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Grant for Evaluation Opening Noord-Zuidlijn

E.T. Verhoef (Recipient), P.R. Koster (Recipient), E. Koomen (Recipient), J. Rouwendal (Recipient) & J.S.A. Knockaert (Recipient), 2017


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