The 7th International Conference on

Transportation and Space-time Economics (TSTE 2019)

11-13 October, 2019 | Beijing, China

Training Program

Training School


Time: 18:00 p.m.–22:20 p.m. 11th October, 2019

Location: Meeting room 306, Siyuan East Building (思源东楼306)




 (1) A short CV

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E.T. Verhoef

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Personal information

Erik Verhoef (1966) graduated in Economics at the University of Groningen (1991), and obtained a PhD in Economics at VU Amsterdam on a thesis entitled “The regulation of road transport externalities”. He is now affiliated as a full professor in Spatial Economics at this same university, and as a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute. He has been Vice (Research) Dean of the School of Business and Economics, and is currently Head of Department of Spatial Economics, both at VU Amsterdam.

Erik Verhoef's research focuses on efficiency and equity aspects of spatial externalities and their economic regulation, in particular in transport, urban and spatial systems. Important research themes include second-best regulation, network- and spatial analysis and methodological development, efficiency aspects versus equity and social acceptability, industrial organization in network markets, valuation and behavioural modelling, and policy evaluation. He has been involved in various national and international research consortia. His research is at the interface of welfare-, micro-, transport-, urban-, spatial- and environmental economics. He has published various books and numerous articles on these topics.

For recent media appearances of Erik Verhoef and colleagues from the Department of Spatial Economics, please visit facebook.


Traffic congestion, static and dynamic network analysis, urban externalities, second-best regulation, efficiency and equity aspects of spatial externalities and regulation, spatial equilibrium modelling, valuation, transport economics, urban economics.


Erik Verhoef teaches, among others, courses in Environmental and Transport Economics (2nd year BA), Transport Economics (MSc), Microeconomics (MSc), and Spatial and Transport Economics at the Tinbergen Institute (M-phil).


European (selected projects)

 Dutch (selected projects)

  • 2016-2020 U-Smile (NWO      SURF), Overall coordinator - www.sbe.vu.nl/u-smile

  • 2009-2014 i-PriSM (NWO      DBR), Overall coordinator

  • 2006-2009 Verzekeren      per Kilometer (Transumo)

  • 2006-2009 Benuttingsproef (Transumo),      Scientific coordinator

  • 2006-2007 The      value of travel time and travel time reliability: survey design(Dutch      Ministry of Transport)

  • 2004 Design      and impacts of pricing policies for road transport (Dutch      Ministry of Transport)

  • 2002-2006 MD-PIT (NWO-Connekt),      Overall coordinator

  • 1998 Economische      Effecten van Rekeningrijden (Ministerie van Verkeer en      Waterstaat)

  • 1996-1997 Policy      Instruments for Energy Efficiency Improvement (NWO)

  • 1996 De      maatschappelijke haalbaarheid van rekeningrijden (Ministerie      van Verkeer en Waterstaat)

Prizes and Awards

  • Advanced ERC Grant 2010 “OPTION: Optimizing Policies for Transport: accounting for Industrial Organization in Network markets”.

  • Elected Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (2010).

  • Highly Cited Author Award 2004 – 2008, Journal of Urban Economics. For the paper “The economics of airport congestion pricing”.

  • Reimut Jochimsen Prize 2006 for the paper      “Auctioning Concessions for Private Roads” (with Barry Ubbels)

  • RSUE Award for Innovative Research by Recent      Doctoral Candidates 2000, awarded by Regional Science and Urban Economics for      the paper “Second-best congestion pricing in general static transportation      networks with elastic demands”.

  • The Epainos Prize 1996, European Regional Science Association.

  • Honorable Mention for the 1996 Dissertation Prize of the Transportation Science Section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Ancillary activities

  • Raad van Advies Verkeers- en Vervoermodellen RWS |      onbekend | Lid | 2015-01-01 - present

  • Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid | Den Haag |      Fellow | 2016-08-01 - present

  • Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek      Verkeersveiligheid (SWO | Onbekend | Lid Raad van Toezicht | 2016-09-23 -      present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

(2)Introduction to the topic and contents of the potential lecture

The lecture will discuss the second-best and private road price. The rationale of second-best and private road price is discussed and the efficiency and welfare consequences will be analyzed. Practices at home and abroad are compared to draw some policy implications.


 (1) A short CV

Prof. Dr. Dick Ettema (d.f.ettema@uu.nl)

Professor of Urban Accessibility and Social Inclusion

Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences

Urban Futures program - Social Urban Transitions


Research Background

Dick Ettema is an internationally renowned  researcher in urban mobility, health, accessibility and inclusion issues, who has published over 100 peer reviewed articles and has edited various books on these topics. His main research interests concern the impact of urban design on activity patterns and travel behavior in general and inclusion and well-being in particular, the use of urban environments for physical activity and sports, and the implications of for mental health and well-being. He is currently supervising six PhD projects and is adjunct professor with Beijing Jiaotong University on the above topics.


Academic  Positions

Dick is Professor of Urban Accessibility and Social Inclusion, Director of Research of the Urban Futures program in the Faculty of Geosciences, and leader of the research group Social Urban Transitions. He is elected board member of the World Society of Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) and associate editor of Transportation Research Part A.


Current Research Projects

  1.  “The end of membership as we know it” 4 year PhD project funded by  NWO

  2. “Sports facilities and sports participation” 4 year PhD project funded by NWO

  3. “Playful Data-driven Active Urban Living (PAUL)” 3.5 year PhD project funded by NWO, SIA and FAPESP

  4. “Effects of bicycle share systems in Chinese cities” 4 year PhD project funded by CSC-grant

  5. “Vitality data center”, 3 year postdoc project funded by UU/Tue Alliance

  6. “Explore the impact of residential self-selection and built environment on active travel: Evidence from Ganyu, China” 4 year PhD project funded by CSC Grant

Publications (most recent)

Deelen, I., Ettema, D., & Kamphuis, C. B. (2018). Sports participation in sport clubs, gyms or public spaces: How users of different sports settings differ in their motivations, goals, and sports frequency. PloS one, 13(10), e0205198.

Stappers, N. E. H., Van Kann, D. H. H., Ettema, D., De Vries, N. K., & Kremers, S. P. J. (2018). The effect of infrastructural changes in the built environment on physical activity, active transportation and sedentary behavior–A systematic review. Health & place, 53, 135-149.

Deelen, I., Ettema, D., & Kamphuis, C. B. (2018). Time-use and environmental determinants of dropout from organized youth football and tennis. BMC public health, 18(1), 1022.

Abenoza, R. F., Ettema, D. F., & Susilo, Y. O. (2018). Do accessibility, vulnerability, opportunity, and travel characteristics have uniform impacts on the traveler’s experience?. Transportation research part A: policy and practice, 114(PA), 38-51.

de Kruijf, J., Ettema, D., Kamphuis, C. B., & Dijst, M. (2018). Evaluation of an incentive program to stimulate the shift from car commuting to e-cycling in the Netherlands. Journal of Transport & Health, 10, 74-83.

Wang, Y., Ettema, D., Zhou, H., & Sun, X. (2018). Understanding peak avoidance commuting by subway: an empirical study in Beijing. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 21(6), 597-613.

Jansen, M., Kamphuis, C. B., Pierik, F. H., Ettema, D. F., & Dijst, M. J. (2018). Neighborhood-based PA and its environmental correlates: a GIS-and GPS based cross-sectional study in the Netherlands. BMC public health, 18(1), 233.

de Kruijf, J., Ettema, D., & Dijst, M. (2018). A longitudinal evaluation of satisfaction with e-cycling in daily commuting in the Netherlands. Travel Behaviour and Society.

Dogterom, N., Ettema, D., & Dijst, M. (2018). Behavioural effects of a tradable driving credit scheme: Results of an online stated adaptation experiment in the Netherlands. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 107, 52-64.

(2) Introduction to the topic and contents of the potential lecture

Smart mobility solutions and urban planning

Dick Ettema, Utrecht University


Over the past decades, we have seen the advent of new mobility solutions, often facilitated by ICT platforms and technical innovations. By and large, changes in the mobility system are related to sharing instead of owning vehicle, electric instead of fossil fuel vehicles and autonomous instead of driver-driven vehicles. Specific applications include Mobility as a Service, car sharing systems and ride hailing platforms. However, new mobility solutions may combine various innovations, such as car sharing schemes based on electric vehicles.

While many studies have investigated travellers’ responses to such new systems, limited attention is given to the spatial (often urban) context in which new mobility solutions are implemented, and the impact this has on travellers’ behavior. One the one hand, implementation of new mobility solutions in urban areas require decisions about infrastructure, locations of facilities (mobility hubs) and parking policies, that are related to urban design and may critically influence the use of new mobility solutions. On the other hand, the implementation of new mobility solutions may have an impact beyond travel and accessibility, which extends to local air quality, traffic safety and livability. This broad range of effects influences policy making as well as public acceptance, and is therefore important to study in conjunction. This holds in particular for the development of infill developments in existing urban areas, where the urban design and parking norms can have a significant impact on the use of shared mobility, and where challenges with respect to congestion and air quality exist.

The lecture will discuss the above issues based on existing literature and examples from the Netherlands.


 (1) A short CV

Associate Professor, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies (LMS), Hong Kong Polytechnic University,  Director in Aviation Management and Logistics. Previously he was employed as a researcher at the VU University of Amsterdam, Department of Spatial Economics, and an Assistant Professor of Regulatory Economics at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He studied Economics at the TU Berlin and holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the TU Berlin. Czerny’s research interests cover the full range of topics in transportation economics. He was the head of the local organizing committee of the International Transportation Economics Association (ITEA) school and conference hosted by LMS in 2018, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Aviation Conference, and board member of the German Aviation Research Society (GARS). He has published numerous research papers in transportation journals and economics journals. He was awarded with the Best Overall Paper Prize of the ITEA Conference on Transportation Economics (Kuhmo Nectar) 2014 (with Anming Zhang) and the Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing from Transportation Research Part B for the year 2013.

(2) Introduction to the topic and contents of the potential lecture

My topic is “Airport Market Power and Regulation.” Please find two relevant contributions attached. Another more recent relevant paper is available at SSRN:https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3053312. My short bio with photo is also attached.

The summary of the main contents is: The market power part covers the pricing of aeronautical and non-aeronautical airport supplies. A main issue to discuss is whether passengers are foresighted or myopic, that is, whether passengers consider prices for non-aeronautical airport supplies in their in their travel decision making process or rather abstract away from transactions in the non-aeronautical business area, respectively. The regulatory part considers the single-till and dual-till regulation of airports, where single-till basically implies that profits from non-aeronautical airport businesses are used to lower airport infrastructure charges, which is not the case with dual-till regulation.


 (1) A short CV

Hangjun Yang is a Professor in Transport Economics and Logistics at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. He obtained his PhD degree from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. His main research interests are air transport and rail transport. He has published more than 20 SSCI indexed papers in leading transportation journals, including Transportation Research Part B, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, and Transportation Research Part A.


Prof. Yang was selected in the National Youth Top Talents Program of China. He is the principle investigator of the Major Program of National Social Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 18ZDA071). He has received various awards, e.g., the Academy Award for Young Teachers by the Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation, the Third Prize Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Sciences by the Ministry of Education of China, and the Second Prize Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Sciences by the Beijing government.

(2) Introduction to the topic and contents of the potential lecture

Title: The impact of China’s railway reform on international trade

An efficient and cost-effective rail sector is very important to facilitate international trade, especially for the landlocked countries or the ones with long land boundaries (Bonfatti and Poelhekke, 2017; Donaldson, 2018). In China, the rail transport industry was overseen and operated by the now-defunct Ministry of Railways (MOR). In March 2005, the MOR underwent a major reform to address its institutional problems. Before the reform, China’s railway system adopted a four-level management model, which comprised the MOR, rail bureaus, branch bureaus, and railway stations. After the reform, it changed to a three-level management model, which comprised the MOR, rail bureaus, and railway stations. This provides a rare natural experiment to investigate the impact of railway reform on international trade.


We used monthly datasets over the 2004–2006 period collected from the General Administration of Customs of China to analyze the influence of reform on both export and import trade. The difference-in-differences (DID) approach was applied and we obtained the following main results. First, within a short period after the reform, China’s export by rail declined by 10.94%. Second, the reform caused marked decreases in the number of export firms and the price of export goods by rail. Third, the mechanisms underlying the influence of the reform followed on from the monopolistic nature of the industry and the extra market transaction costs associated with stringent government-pricing regulations. Fourth, the reform centralized the rail dispatch office from branch bureaus to rail bureaus and downgraded the dispatch operational efficiency. Fifth, private and foreign-owned firms were more negatively affected by the reform than state-owned enterprises.



(3) Main references of your lecture 

[1] Wang, C., Yang, H., Yuan, H. (2018). The impact of railway reform on corporate export: The case of China. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 118, 627-647.

[2] Yuan, H., Wang, K., Yang, H., Wang, C. (2019). The impact of rail dispatch system reform on import by rail --- Empirical evidence from a natural experiment in China. Transport Policy, 79, 165-176.

[3] Li, H., Yu, K., Wang, K., Zhang, A. (2019). Market power and its determinants in the Chinese railway industry. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 120, 261-276.

[4] Li, H., Rong, C., Song, D. (2008). Applicability and Methods of Lean Production in Railway Transportation Organization: A Case Study of Urumqi Railway Bureau in China. International Journal of Railway, 1(2), 45-58.

[5] Oum, T. H., Waters, W. G., Yu, C. (1999). A survey of productivity and efficiency measurement in rail transport. Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, 9-42.

[6] Zhao, J. (2016). A study on railway reorganization and high-speed rail in China. Beijing, China Economic Publishing Housing. (in Chinese)

[7] Yuan, H., Wang, K., Yang, H. (2019). State-owned rail sector reform and implication on firm’s export by rail --- Empirical evidence from China’s separation of affiliated business from rail operator. Working paper, University of International Business and Economics.


Important Dates
  • 15  March, 2019  Extended abstract submission opens
  • 31  May, 2019 Deadline for extended abstract submission
  • 15  June, 2019 Acceptance notification of extended abstract
  • 31  August, 2019 Deadline for full paper submission
  • 5  September, 2019 Formal review process for Special Issue and Best Papers to be published

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