About

Biography

Hans Koster (1987) is an associate professor 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 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He  defended his Ph.D. thesis in 2013 on the economics of the spatial structure of cities. Hans is also a Leading Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, affiliated as Research Fellow with the Tinbergen Instituteas Research Associate with the Centre for Economic Performance (Urban Programme) at the London School of Economics, and as Research Affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Hans’s research concerns the economic analysis of cities, regions and the environment. His interests lie in understanding the functioning of housing and land markets, the agglomeration of firms and people within cities, the consequences of place-based policies, income inequality and segregation within cities, as well as the functioning of retail and commercial property markets within cities. Hans’s research relies on big data and the use of advanced econometric techniques.

Teaching experience

Master course Advanced Methods for Applied Spatial Economic Research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Master course Applied Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Bachelor course Urban Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Bachelor project (paper supervision) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
B.Sc. and M.Sc. thesis supervision at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Master course Empirical Methods for Spatial Policy (tutorials) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Bachelor course Statistical Methods and Techniques (tutorials and paper supervision) at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Guest lectures at the University of Moratuwa, University of Antwerp, Universiteit Utrecht, and the Universiteit Twente.

Hans holds a university teaching qualification (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs).

Reviewing

Hans is associate editor at Regional Science and Urban Economics and has reviewed articles submitted to the Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Transportation Research Part B, Journal of Regional Science, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Energy Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Economic Inquiry, Environment and Planning A, Land Use Policy, Urban Studies, Regional Studies, Real Estate Research Quarterly, and the De Economist.

Awards, prizes and grants

2016 – Journal of Economic Geography Best Referee Award.
2016 – Research grant from Academisch Fonds Vastgoedkunde for project “Bricks, Buildings and Boroughs” – with Jan Rouwendal (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
2015 – Van der Knaap Prize for dissertation “The Internal Structure of Cities: The Economics of Agglomeration, Amenities and Accessibility”.
2015 – Urban Land Institute Prize for paper “Is the Sky the Limit? High-rise Buildings and Office Rents”.
2014 – VENI grant from NWO for project “Places, planning, prices and politics: The Welfare Economics of Urban Planning”.
2014 – Runner-up KVS-penning for dissertation “The Internal Structure of Cities: The Economics of Agglomeration, Amenities and Accessibility”.
2014 – August Lösch Prize for dissertation “The Internal Structure of Cities: The Economics of Agglomeration, Amenities and Accessibility”.
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)
2013 – Runner-up Junior Societal Impact Award at VU University Amsterdam
2013 – Data-without-boundaries grant (EU funded) for project “Job Mobility And Productivity: Are Job-Hoppers More Productive?” – with Rosa Sanchis-Guarner (LSE)
2012 – LSE STICERD grant for project “The Determinants of Residential Vacancy Rates” – with Paul Cheshire (LSE) and Christian Hilber (LSE)
2011 – Graduate Student-led paper award at NARSC conference in Miami, FL, for paper “Historic Amenities, Income and Sorting of Households”.
2010 – Runner-up SER Thesis Prize for Master thesis titled “The Impact of Mixed Land Use on Residential Property Values”.