Dr M.J. Koetse

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faculteit der aard- en levenswetenschappen ( dep. environmental economics )
Assistant Professor


I obtained my PhD in 2006 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with a dissertation that focused on methods and applications of meta-analysis. From 2006 until 2016 I have been working as a postdoc and senior researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, mainly in the area of environmental and transport economics. My current endeavours include work on the discount rate for nature and the valuation of ecosystem services and public good provision, with a focus on behavioural and experimental economics. As of January 2017 I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My teaching revolves around different aspect of environmental economics, my research focuses on environmental and public good economics and bio-economic modelling.


Environmental economics; Public good provision; Meta-analysis; Choice theory; Choice modelling; Environmental and non-market valuation; Bio-economic modelling; Cost-benefit analysis.

Academic training

2000-2006PhD, Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1992-1999MSc, Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Professional employment history

Assistant Professor, Institute for Environmental Studies,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2016-2017Senior researcher, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency,
Den Haag, The Netherlands
2012-2016Senior researcher, Institute for Environmental Studies,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010-2012Senior researcher, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency,
Den Haag, The Netherlands.
2006-2011Postdoc researcher, Department of Spatial Economics,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000-2005PhD candidate, Department of Spatial Economics,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Recent projects

  • Lab & field experiment: Donations to environmental public goods in a crowdfunding experiment
  • Contingent valuation: Hypothetical bias and social network effects in public good valuation
  • Meta-analysis: Spatially explicit forest value functions
  • Review: Choosing a choice paradigm: Regret minimisation vs. utility maximisation under preference uncertainty
  • Dual discounting for nature and BBP in social cost-benefit analyses

Selected publications

Koetse, M.J. (in press). Effects of payment vehicle non-attendance in choice experiments on value estimates and the WTA-WTP disparity. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, published online 22 December 2016, doi: 10.1080/21606544.2016.1268979. 

Koetse, M.J., Verhoef, E.T. & Brander, L.M. (2017). A Generic Marginal Value Function for Natural Areas. Annals of Regional Science, 58, 159–179.


van Zanten, B.T., Koetse, M.J. & Verburg, P.H. (2016). Economic valuation at all cost? The role of the price attribute in a landscape preference study, Ecosystem Services, 22(B), 289–296. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.03.003.

Koetse, M.J. & Brouwer, R. (2016). Reference dependence effects on WTA and WTP value functions and their disparity. Environmental and Resource Economics, 65(4), 723–745. doi:10.1007/s10640-015-9920-2.

Costedoat, S., Koetse, M.J., Corbera, E. & Ezzine de Blas, D. (2016). Cash only? Unveiling preferences for a PES contract through a choice experiment in Chiapas, Mexico, Land Use Policy, 58, 302–317.

Koetse, M.J. & Hoen, A. (2014). Preferences for alternative fuel vehicles of company car drivers. Resource and Energy Economics, 37, 279–301.

van Zanten, B.T., Verburg, P.H., Koetse, M.J. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (2014). Preferences for European agrarian landscapes: a meta-analysis of case studies. Landscape and Urban Planning, 132, 89–101.

Hoen, A. & Koetse, M.J. (2014). A choice experiment on alternative fuel vehicle preferences of private car owners in the Netherlands. Transportation Research Part A, 61, 199–215.

Chorus, C.G., Koetse, M.J. & Hoen, A. (2013). Consumer preferences for alternative fuel vehicles: comparing a utility maximization and a regret minimization model. Energy Policy, 61, 901–908.

Brander, L.M. & Koetse, M.J. (2011). The value of urban open space: meta-analyses of contingent valuation and hedonic pricing results. Journal of Environmental Management , 92(10), 2763–2773.


Koetse, M.J. & Rietveld, P. (eds) (2010). Economische waardering van omgevingskwaliteit: casestudies en toepassingen in de MKBA. Reeks Planologie, nr. 14. Den Haag, the Netherlands: Sdu Uitgevers.

Koetse, M.J. (2006). Determinants of investment behaviour: methods and applications of meta-analysis. Dissertation Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute Research Series, No. 374, Amsterdam.

Ancillary activities

Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017