Urban productivity

Urban labour markets bridge firm location behaviour and labour market preferences. In those locations where firms can connect to local and international networks and talent is readily available, economies thrive. Simultaneously, cities face challenges of equality and resilience.

Dynamics of economics

Erasmus UPTs team of experts study and research the dynamics of various economic sectors, including employment dynamics, new business formation, scale up and added value. Specific questions they are working on are: To what extent is incubator-policy effective in cities to foster entrepreneurship? Does everyone benefit from increased employment for highly educated people? How do you ensure that startups survive and scale up?

Enabling cities to thrive

By combining data-driven research and an in-depth look at the story behind the data, a nuanced picture of urban labour markets emerges. The collaboration with ESE researchers on fundamental research projects, contributes to knowledge development for our clients. UPTs labour market analyses enable (large) cities to set policy priorities, foster a vibrant economy and to shape effective business support.

    Selection of recent projects

    Laboratory research
    Agenda for growth
    Research project on the impact of the 'Agenda for growth' investment strategy in South-Holland (NL). Based on evaluation of the impact of R&D and investment in the metropolitan housing market and public transport network
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    Spatial Economic Analysis Phase 2
    Study on talent demand in three regions in the Netherlands, including an analysis of national priority sectors and underlying sub-sectors, geographic analysis of location patterns and embeddedness
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    The resilient region
    Academic research project into the economic impact of regional and sectoral differentiation in pandemic response measures related to social distancing and closure of public amenities and private companies.
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    Our researchers

    Jeroen van Haaren
    Jeroen van Haaren MSc
    Senior researcher Urban and Regional Economics
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