Jeroen van Haaren

Researcher Urban Economics and Real Estate

Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics (Erasmus UPT)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Woudestein, H-Building, Room H16-17
Telephone: +31(0)10 408 2429


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. 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. 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 markets
  • Urban amenities
  • Housing markets
  • Commercial real estate markets

Recent projects 

2017 (ongoing) - Economic Outlook Rotterdam (2018)

Contribution to the Economic Outlook Rotterdam 2018 in the form of two joint essays.

2017 (ongoing) - Tech innovations in Finance and Legal

Project on the sector composition and development of the Finance and Legal sectors in The Hague together with Deloitte. In this project we emphasize the development potential of new businesses and the labour market.  

2017 (ongoing) - F4F Foodcluster Rotterdam: Analysis of the locations trade complex Barendrecht-Ridderkerk, ‘Groothandelsmarkt Spaanse Polder’ and the islands of the province of ‘Zuid-Holland’

Description of the (development) history of three location with food related activities in the Rotterdam region: the trade complex ‘Barendrecht-Ridderkerk’, the wholesale center ‘Groothandelsmarkt Spaanse Polder’ and the islands of the province of ‘Zuid-Holland’. In this project media-analysis, literature review, data analysis and interviews are combined to provide a complete overview of the current state of affairs and history of these locations, including lessons learned for the (near) future. This is a joint project with Erik Braun, Frank van Oort, Niels van der Weerdt and Diede Teunissen. 

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 behavior 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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