Thesis prize awarded to economics student Alexander Hoss
The first Ward Vleugels Q-Park thesis prize is awarded to Alexander Hoss of Erasmus School of Economics. Master student Hoss (specialisation Urban, Port and Transport Economics) won a cash prize of 1,500 euros for writing the best master thesis in the area of mobility and parking.
Hoss’ thesis entitled ‘On the effectiveness of downsizing: new evidence from the service industry’ is about the effects of different types of increase in parking tariffs. It appears that people parking are less sensitive to getting fewer parking minutes for the same amount, than if the parking tariff for fixed period of time is increased. In other words, adjusting the parking tariff from EUR 1.00 per 20 minutes to EUR 1.00 per 18 minutes has less impact than increasing the tariff from EUR 1.00 per 20 minutes to EUR 1.10 per 20 minutes.
The prize is open to Masters' theses from all universities in the Netherlands and Flanders. In the first year in 2014, eleven Masters' theses were submitted. A jury of academics from various universities selected three finalists from all the entries based on the economics of the submissions. A panel of experts subsequently selected a winner from the finalists.