Frank van Oort

Academic Director

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Dr. van Oort obtained his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2002 with a doctoral dissertation on agglomeration benefits and innovation in cities. He worked for many years in Utrecht University and was director of the Urban and Regional Research Center Utrecht. He also worked for the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in The Hague until 2013, on issues related to urban and regional economics, spatial planning and policy development.

Dr. van Oort is specialized in agglomeration economies, urban economics, economic geography, planning and housing, economic networks, urban geography, spatial planning, knowledge economy, European regional development, and urban development in China. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic & Social Geography (TESG), editor at the Cambridge Journal of Economy, Regions & Society and until 2010 he was Board member of the Regional Science Association Netherlands. Dr. van Oort combines fundamental research with applied and policy-oriented research. For example, besides NWO and EU funded research, he also conducts research for ministries, cities and regions.  

Publications

Mark Thissen, Frank van Oort, Philip McCann, Raquel Ortega-Argilles & Trond Husby (2020), “The implications of Brexit for UK and EU regional competitiveness”. Economic Geography (forthcoming). Working paper version: Tinbergen Institute discussion paper TI 2019-061/VIII. [download]

Spyridon Stavropoulos, Frank van Oort & Martijn Burger (2020), “Heterogeneous relatedness and firm productivity”. The Annals of Regional Science. [open access]

Nicola Cortinovis Riccardo Crescenzi & Frank van Oort (2020), “Multinational enterprises, industrial relatedness and employment in European regions”. Journal of Economic Geography [open access]. Working paper version: Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography 18.02. [download]

Frank van Oort & Jan Lambooy (2020), “Cities, knowledge and innovation”. Chapter in: Manfred Fischer & Peter Nijkamp (eds.), Handbook of Regional Science, Second Edition. Berlin: Springer (second edition) (forthcoming).

Nicola Cortinovis & Frank van Oort (2020), “Economic networks, innovation and proximity”. Chapter in: Andre Torre & David Gallaud (eds.), Handbook of Proximity Relations. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Mark Thissen, Frank van Oort, Philip McCann, Raquel Ortega-Argilles & Trond Husby (2020), “The implications of Brexit for UK and EU regional competitiveness”. Economic Geography (forthcoming). Working paper version: Tinbergen Institute discussion paper TI 2019-061/VIII. [download]

Evert Meijers, Martijn Burger & Frank van Oort (2020), “The Randstad Holland between functional entity and political desire”. Chapter in: Wil Zonneveld, Vincent Nadin, Bas Waterhout & Dominic Stead (eds.), Randstad’s Polycentric Metropolis. London: Routledge.

Nicola Cortinovis Riccardo Crescenzi & Frank van Oort (2020), “Multinational enterprises, industrial relatedness and employment in European regions”. Journal of Economic Geography [open access]. Working paper version: Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography 18.02. [download]

Frank van Oort, Nicola Cortinovis, Teodora Dogaru & Jeroen van Haaren (2020), “Mapping relatedness in European regions”. In: Roberta Capello, Alexander Kleibrink & Monika Matusiak (eds.), Quantitative Methods for Place-based Innovation Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 45-77. [link]

Efstratia Arampatzi, Martijn Burger, Spyridon Stavropoulos & Frank van Oort (2019), “Subjective well-being and the 2008 recession in European regions: the moderating effect of governance”. International Journal of Community Well-Being 2: 111-133. [open access]

Nicola Cortinovis & Frank van Oort (2019), “Between spilling over and boiling down: network mediated spillovers, local knowledge base and productivity in European regions”.  Journal of Economic Geography 19(6): 1233-1260. [open access] Working paper version:  Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper TI 2017-118/VI. [download]

Martijn Burger, Frank van Oort & Evert Meijers (2019), “Examening spatial structure using gravity models”. Chapter in: Luca d’Acci (ed.), The Mathematics of Urban Morphology. Berlin, Springer: 471-479. [link]

Philip McCann & Frank van Oort (2019), “Theories of agglomeration and regional economic growth: a historical review”. Chapter 1 in: Roberta Capello & Peter Nijkamp (eds.), Handbook of Regional Growth and Development TheoriesSecond edition. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar: 6-23.

Nicola Cortinovis & Frank van Oort (2019), “Between spilling over and boiling down: network mediated spillovers, local knowledge base and productivity in European regions”.  Journal of Economic Geography 19(6): 1233-1260. [open access] Working paper version:  Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper TI 2017-118/VI. [download]

Wen Chen, Bart Los, Philip McCann, Raquel Ortega-Arguiles, Mark Thissen & Frank van Oort (2018), “The continental divide? Economic exposure to Brexit on both sides of the Channel”. Papers in Regional Science 97(1): 25-54. [open access] Winner of the Martin Beckmann Award 2019.

Frank van Oort (2018), “Policy in Urban and Regional Economics”. Inaugural address, Erasmus University Rotterdam. [download]

Hans Koster, Fangfang Cheng, Michiel Gerritse & Frank van Oort (2018) “Place-based policies, firm productivity and displacement effects: evidence from Shenzhen, China”. Journal of Regional Science 59(2): 187-213. [open access] Working paper version: Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 16-021/VIII. [download]

Mark Thissen, Maureen Lankhuizen, Frank van Oort, Bart Los & Dario Diodato (2018), “EUREGIO – the construction of a global IO database with regional detail for Europe”. Tinbergen Institute discussion paper 18-084/VI. [download]

Ying Liu, Stan Geertman, Yanliu Lin & Frank van Oort (2018), “Making the ‘invisible’ visible: redevelopment-induced displacement of migrants in Shenzhen, China”. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 42(3): 483-499. [link].

Bas Karreman, Martijn Burger & Frank van Oort (2017), “Location choices of multinationals in Europe: the role of overseas communities”. Economic Geography 93(2): 131-161. [open access] Working paper version:  Tinbergen  Institute Discussion paper # 16-078. [download]

Nicola Cortinovis, Jing Xiao, Ron Boschma & Frank van Oort (2017), “Quality of government and social capital as drivers of regional diversification in Europe”. Journal of Economic Geography 17(6): 1179-1208. [link] Working paper version: Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography #16.10.

Frank van Oort & Mark Thissen (2017), “Regional economic competition and place based policies”. In: Robert Huggins & Peter Thompson (ed.), Handbook of Regions and Competitiveness: Contemporary Theories and Perspectives on Economic Development. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar: 192-206. [link]

Bas Karreman, Martijn Burger & Frank van Oort (2017). “Location choices of multinationals in Europe: the role of overseas communities”. Economic Geography 93(2): 131-161. [open access] Working paper version:  Tinbergen  Institute discussion paper # 16-078. [download]

Philip McCann, Frank van Oort & John Goddard, eds., (2017), The Empirical and Institutional Dimensions of Smart Specialisation. London: Routledge. [link]

Mark Thissen, Frank van Oort & Olga Ivanova (2017), “Good growth, bad growth: A wake-up call of smart specialisation”. Chapter 6 in: Philip McCann, Frank van Oort & John Goddard, eds., (2017), The Empirical and Institutional Dimensions of Smart Specialisation. London: Routledge; 81-104. [link]

Teodora Dogaru, Frank van Oort & Nicola Cortinovis (2017), “Smart specialisation and local economic development in Eastern Europe”. Chapter 9 in: Philip McCann, Frank van Oort & John Goddard, eds., (2017), The Empirical and Institutional Dimensions of Smart  Specialisation. London: Routledge; 145-164. [link]

Harm van de Heiligenberg, Gaston Heimeriks, Marko Hekkert & Frank van Oort (2017), “A habitat for sustainability experiments: success factors for innovations in their local and regional contexts”. Journal of Cleaner Production 169: 204-215. [link]

Ying Liu, Yanliu Lin, Stan Geertman & Frank van Oort (2017), “Towards inclusive and sustainable transformation in Shenzhen: urban redevelopment, displacement patterns of migrants and policy implications”. Journal of Cleaner Production 173: 24-38. [link].

Ying Liu, Stan Geertman, Yanliu Lin & Frank van Oort (2017), “Heterogeneity in displacement exposure of migrants in Shenzhen, China:. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 44: 2562-2581. [link]

 

Other publications

Karreman, B., Burger, M. J. and Oort, F. G. van, 2016. Locational choices of Chinese multinationals in Europe : the role of overseas communitiesEconomic Geography.

Knoben, J., Arikan A. T., Oort, F. van and Raspe, O. 2016. Agglomeration and firm performance : one firm’s medicine is another firm’s poisonEnvironment and Planning A, 48 (1), pp. 132-153. 

Thissen, M., Graaf, T. de and Oort, F. van, 2016. Competitive network positions in trade and structural economic growth : a geographical weighted regression analysis for European regionsPapers in Regional Science, 19 (1), pp. 159-180. 

Guastella, G. and Oort, F. G. van, 2015. Regional heterogeneity and interregional research spillovers in European innovation : modelling and policy implications. Regional Studies, 49 (11), pp. 1772-1787. 

Oort, F. van, 2015. Unity in variety? Agglomeration economics beyond the specialization-diversity controversy. In: C. Karlsson, M. Andersson and T. Norman eds., 2015. Handbook of research methods and applications in economic geography. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. pp. 259-271. 

Oort, F. van and Cortinovis, N. 2015. Variety, economic growth and knowledge intensity of European regions : a spatial panel analysisThe Annals of Regional Science, 55 (1), pp. 7-32.

Oort, F. van, Geus, S. de and Dogaru, T. 2015. Related variety and regional economic growth in a cross-section of European regions. European Planning Studies, 23 (6), pp. 1110-1127.