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Home | People | Eric Pels

Eric Pels


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Research field
Data Science


Eric Pels graduated in economics at the VU University Amsterdam in 1994. He worked as a junior researcher at the Economics and Social Institute in 1994, and as a junior researcher at the department of Spatial Economics. From 1996 to 2000, he worked as an assistant researcher at the department of Spatial Economics and the Tinbergen Institute. In that period, he finished his dissertation entitled "Airport economics and policy: efficiency, competition, and interaction with airlines". Since then, he was a post-doc researcher and assistant professor. He currently has a position as associate professor at the department of Spatial Economics.


Pels, E. (2021). Product differentiation and network optimality Transport Policy, 110:415--429.

Saremi, M., Fallahi, F., Pels, E., Salmani, B. and Covich, M.P. (2020). Ramsey pricing of aircraft landing fees: A case study of Iranian airports Research in Transportation Economics, :.

Pels, E. (2020). Optimality of the hub-spoke system: A review of the literature, and directions for future research Transport Policy, :.

Elburz, Z., Pels, E. and Nijkamp, P. (2020). Spatial effects of air transport on regional development : evidence from Turkey International Journal of Transport Economics, XLVII(2):127.

Elburz, Z., Nijkamp, P. and Pels, A. (2017). Public infrastructure and regional growth: Lessons from meta-analysis Journal of Transport Geography, 58(January):1--8.

Bilitkach, V., Gitto, S., Jovanovic, R., Mueller, J. and Pels, E. (2015). Cost-efficiency benchmarking of European air navigation service providers Transportation Research. Part A, Policy and Practice, 77:50--60.

Behrens, C. and Pels, E. (2012). Intermodal competition in the London-Paris passenger market: High-speed rail and air transport Journal of Urban Economics, 71(3):278--288.

Pels, A. and Medda, F. (2012). Modelling public and private provision: The case of the railway services Papers in Regional Science, 91(3):654--657.

Suzuki, S., Nijkamp, P., Rietveld, P. and Pels, E. (2010). A distance friction minimization approach in data envelopment analysis: A comparative study on airport efficiency European Journal of Operational Research, 207:1104--1115.

Adler, N., Nash, C. and Pels, E. (2010). High-speed Rail & air transport competition Transportation Research. Part B, Methodological, 44:812--833.

Pels, E. (2009). Airline network competition: Full-service airlines, low-cost airlines and long-haul markets Research in Transportation Economics, 24(1):68--74.

Brons, M., Nijkamp, P., Pels, E. and Rietveld, P. (2008). A meta-analysis of the price elasticity of gasoline demand. A SUR approach Energy Economics, 30(5):2105--2122.

Debrezion, G., Pels, E. and Rietveld, P. (2007). The Impact of Railway Stations on Residential and Commercial Property Value: A Meta-analysis Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 35:161--180.

Patuelli, R., Nijkamp, P. and Pels, E. (2005). Environmental Tax Reform and the Double Dividend Ecological Economics, 55(4):564--583.

Pels, E. and Verhoef, E. (2004). The economics of airport congestion pricing Journal of Urban Economics, 55:257--277.

Pels, E., Nijkamp, P. and Rietveld, P. (2003). Access to and Competition Between Airports: A Case Study for the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Research. Part A, Policy and Practice, 37(1):71--83.

Pels, E., Nijkamp, P. and Rietveld, P. (2001). Airport and airline choice in a multiple airport system: an empirical analysis for the San Fransisco Bay area Regional Studies, 35(1):1--9.

Pels, E., Nijkamp, P. and Rietveld, P. (2001). Relative efficiency of European airports Transport Policy, 8(1):183--192.

Pels, E., Nijkamp, P. and Rietveld, P. (2000). A Note on the Optimality of Airline Networks Economics Letters, 69:429--434.

Pels, E., Nijkamp, P. and Rietveld, P. (2000). Airport and Airline Competition for Passengers Departing from a Large Metropolitan Area Journal of Urban Economics, 48:29--45.

Gorter, C., Hassink, W., Nijkamp, P. and Pels, E. (1997). On the endogeneity of output in dynamic labour-demand models Empirical Economics, 22:393--408.