Hans Koster (1987) is Full Professor of Urban Economics and Real Estate 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 Research Fellow with the Tinbergen Institute, and a Research Associate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

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.

Hans was ranked 10th in the ESB Dutch Economist Rankings in 2023, 14th in 2022, 21st in 2021 and 24th in 2020.


Master course Applied Econometrics for Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Master course Urban Economic Challenges at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Bachelor course Urban Economics and Real Estate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
B.Sc. and M.Sc. thesis supervision at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Guest lectures at IDE, the University of Moratuwa, University of Antwerp, Universiteit Utrecht, and the Universiteit Twente.

Hans holds a senior teaching qualification (Seniorkwalificatie Onderwijs).


Hans is associate editor at Regional Science and Urban Economics and has reviewed articles submitted to the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, American Economics Journal: Applied Economics, American Economics Journal: Economic Policy, American Political Science Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, European Economic Review, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Transportation Research Part B, Journal of Regional Science, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Energy Economics, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Journal of Housing Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Economic Inquiry, Environment and Planning A, International Regional Science Review, Land Use Policy, Urban StudiesRegional Studies, Real Estate Research Quarterly, and De Economist.

Awards, prizes and grants

Koster, H.R.A.Sakıp Sabancı International Research AwardThe Welfare Effects of Greenbelt Policy: Evidence from England2020Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award
Cole, M.A
  Koster, H.R.A.
  Ozgen, C.
BBS Small Project Grant The Effects of the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund2020
Dröes, M.I.
  Koster, H.R.A.
Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat, Onderzoeksgrant The Effects of Wind Turbines and Solar Farms on Housing Markets2019
Koster, H.R.A.
  Ozgen, C.
IAS Vanguard FellowshipSkills Mismatch and Agglomeration2018
Koster, H.R.A.Journal of Economic Geography Best Referee AwardRefereeing2016
Koster, H.R.A.
  Rouwendal, J.
Research grant from Academisch Fonds VastgoedkundeBricks, Buildings and Boroughs2016
Koster, H.R.A.Van der Knaap PrizeThe Internal Structure of Cities: The Economics of Agglomeration, Amenities and Accessibility2015
Koster, H.R.A.
  Van Ommeren, J.N.
  Rietveld, P.
Urban Land Institute Prize for Best Paper in Journal of Economic GeographyIs the Sky the Limit? High-rise Buildings and Office Rents2015
Koster, H.R.A.Veni Grant from NWOPlaces, planning, prices and politics: The Welfare Economics of Urban Planning2014
Koster, H.R.A.KVS penning, runner-up<\em>The Internal Structure of Cities: The Economics of Agglomeration, Amenities and Accessibility2014
Koster, H.R.A.August Lösch PrizeThe Internal Structure of Cities: The Economics of Agglomeration, Amenities and Accessibility2014
Koster, H.R.A.
  Dericks, G.
Data-without-Boundaries GrantLand Use Planning, Agglomeration Economies And The Office Market: Evidence From Blitz Bombings2014
Koster, H.R.A.Junior Societal Impact Award, runner-up<\em>The Internal Structure of Cities: The Economics of Agglomeration, Amenities and Accessibility2013
Koster, H.R.A.
  Sanchis-Guarner, R.
Data-without-Boundaries GrantJob Mobility And Productivity: Are Job-Hoppers More Productive?2013
Koster, H.R.A.
  Van Ommeren, J.N.
  Rietveld, P.
Graduate Student-led paper award at NARSC conferenceHistoric Amenities, Income and Sorting of Households2011
Koster, H.R.A.SER Thesis PrizeThe Impact of Mixed Land Use on Residential Property Values2010

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