About me

Official biography

Thomas de Graaff is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Spatial Economics at the Free University Amsterdam. He holds a Master’s degree in business econometrics from the Free University in Amsterdam in 1997 and a Ph.D. in economics from the Department of Spatial Economics at the Free University Amsterdam. His Ph.D. thesis dealt with ethnic cluster forming and endogenous dynamics in international migration patterns. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2001, he continued working at the department of Spatial Economics as a researcher and subsequently as an assistant professor. Spatial location patterns of households and firms, spatial econometrics, and migration theory are among his main research interests.

Not so official biography

I am a spatial and urban economist employed at the department of Spatial Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My fields of professional interests include international migration, teleworking, (spatial) econometrics, transport economics, and most aspects of regional economics in general. Most recent research focusses on the impact and the use of (un)observed heterogeneity, and I am rather interested in all sorts of non-parametric econometrics and statistics as well. Basically, this site aims to give access to my research, code snippets and workshops and to give additional information about some of my work, thoughts and other musings.