Jeroen van Haaren

Senior researcher Urban Economics and Real Estate

Email address
+31(0) 6 38739117
Woudestein, T-Building, Room T19-37
Mandeville Building | Building


Jeroen van Haaren is an urban economist specialized in quantitative spatial analysis of among others labor markets, housing and commercial real estate markets, and urban amenities.

In his research Jeroen combines big-data analytics with spatial modelling (GIS). He combines big datasets with programming and visualization. Combining open and restricted datasets often leads to new, innovative data and insight.

PhD project

Jeroen often works on contract research for public and private companies. His contract research enables him to pursue a PhD project on neighborhood effects of urban amenities on existing home prices.

Following his masters in ‘Urban Port and Transport Economics’ at Erasmus University Rotterdam Jeroen has worked on qualitative research in dozens of European cities on themes ranging from knowledge location development to sustainable transport.

Course manager Master City Developer

From 2009 until 2016 Jeroen was course manager for the post-experience program ‘Master City Developer’. As part of the management team, Jeroen represented Erasmus University Rotterdam in this joint program with TU Delft and the City of Rotterdam. Jeroen was among others responsible for accreditation, finance, management and marketing. Jeroen is responsible for master courses in the fields of spatial econometrics, real estate economics, and real estate investment and finance.  In addition, he is a regular guest lecturer in other programs and courses. 


Research focus

  • Big-data analytics
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Labor market analysis,
  • Sector studies and impact analysis
  • Housing market analysis and space use interaction
  • Urban attractiveness and facilities
  • Data-driven urban research

    Recent projects 

    2018 - Economic Outlook Rotterdam 2018 – Essay on Tourism

    Contribution to the Economic Outlook Rotterdam 2018, together with Erik Braun, Frank van Oort (Erasmus School of Economics) and Mathieu Steijn (Utrecht University). Essay on transformation of Rotterdam into a destination for tourism. Based on innovative data collected from photo website Flickr, we show this transformation on a map of Rotterdam.

    2018 - Future outlook for Finance and Legal tech

    Project to advise the City of The Hague with respect to a future outlook on the sectors Finance and Legal and related economic activity. This project was aimed at estimating the effect of tech innovations on these two sectors. Measuring and mapping the current state of these sectors in The Hague and surrounding areas, as well as to predictive scenarios for future development of these sectors. Integrated into a publication of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services.

    2018 - Economic Outlook Rotterdam 2018 – Essay on new economic structure

    Contribution to the Economic Outlook Rotterdam 2018, together Walter Manshanden, Olaf Koops (NEO Observatory), Frank van Oort (Erasmus School of Economics). Essay on transformation of Rotterdam’s economy towards an economy based on Knowledge Intensive Business Services.

    2018 – Economic Board Zuid-Holland scenario study

    Determining the economic impact of five sectors and key areas within the province of Zuid-Holland. The study analyses the direct and indirect employment, as well as direct and indirect added value. The study also shows where geographically in the province this economic impact is located. 

    2018 – Food for the Future – Historic development of Food Clusters

    Case studies into the historic (economic) development of three locations in the Rotterdam region.

    2017 – Strategic Agenda Knowledge Economy

    Research and advisory project by Frank van Oort and Jeroen van Haaren on the continued development of the Agenda Knowledge Economy for the City of The Hague. Jeroens contribution in this project is a bottom-up analysis of economic activity in the city of The Hague using data on industry location and dynamics. The analysis includes start-ups, existing businesses, growth, survival and bankruptcies. 

    2017 – Circular Economy: research on employment in circular industries in the Netherlands

    Research project commissioned by EHERO and Circle Economy on the scale, composition and spatial distribution of circular employment in the Netherlands. Jeroen worked on the spatial analysis of location patterns using GIS-maps and gravity models of circular employment. His efforts are part of broader contribution made to this project by Martijn Burger, Frank van Oort, Spyridon Stavropoulos and Jeroen van Haaren.

    2017 – Analysis of the Food cluster Rotterdam: research on the composition and location behaviour of the food sector in the Rotterdam Region            

    Research project commissioned by City of Rotterdam in cooperation with the Rotterdam School of Management. This research is focused on the scale, composition and spatial distribution of companies active in the food sector. Jeroen took the lead in this project by mapping the spatial distribution of the food supply chain using GIS. The analysis included an overview of industry dynamics, including employment growth and decline, as well as start-ups and business closures.

    2017 -    Economic Outlook Rotterdam: Essay ‘Next Economy, Next City’

    Essay written by Frank van Oort and Jeroen van Haaren as part of the Economic Outlook for the City of Rotterdam (Economische Verkenningen Rotterdam 2017). In this essay a spatial analysis is used to illustrate company location of knowledge intensive business services and manufacturing in Rotterdam. Special attention is paid to location choice, employment, colocation, start-ups, closures and small businesses. In addition, amenities for the Next Economy are mapped, as well as available homes for the higher educated on the rental and owner-occupied market.

    2016 – Branding Brabant: Strategic advice on the brand ‘Brabant’

    Strategic advice for the province of Noord-Brabant on the continued development of the brand ‘Brabant’ and related branding activities. Erik Braun and Jeroen van Haaren developed scenarios for continued development of the branding strategy of Brabant based on approximately 40 interviews with key stakeholders.

    2016 – Review of Valuation models: Colliers International Consultants (Update 2016)

    Update of the review done in 2015 of the valuation models for residential and commercial real estate used by Colliers International Consultants. In this project the research team consulted on the mathematical consistency and market conformity of these valuation models.

    2015 – House prices in Rotterdam – Project on sustainable value optimization of home prices

    Research into the value drivers of environmental factors in neighborhoods in Rotterdam. In this project multilevel hedonic pricing models are used to estimate the value drivers of home prices in Rotterdam. The results are used to evaluate policy to maximize the value of homes in Rotterdam. 


    Jeroen is responsible for the following courses:

    • Urban Economics and Real Estate (Master specialization Urban, Port and Transport Economics)
    • Quantitative Spatial Analysis (Master specialization Urban, Port and Transport Economics)
    • Urban Investment and Finance (Master City Developer)
    • Premaster (Master City Developer)

    In addition Jeroen is regular (guest) lecturer in others courses in the above mentioned programs, as well as in other programs.


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