Peter Nijkamp (born 26 February 1946) is a Dutch economist, Professor of Regional Economics and Economic Geography at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and President of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO). He is ranked among the top 100 economists in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc, and is by far the most prolific economist.
Born in Dalfsen, Overijssel, Nijkamp received his MSc in Econometrics and Regional Economics in 1970, and his PhD in Regional Economics in 1972, both from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
He is a fellow of many societies, is on the editorial board of many journals, and has served on numerous national and international committees. He is an advisor to government of the Netherlands, the European Commission, the World Bank, Academia Sinica, the OECD, and many other bodies.
He has honorary doctorates from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the National Technical University of Athens. He is a winner of the Spinozapremie (1996), the European Prize in Regional Science, and Founder's Medal of the Regional Science Association International.
His books include
- Social Change and Sustainable Transport (with William Black, 2002, Indiana University Press)
- Public Facilities Planning (with Lili Kiminami and Kenneth Button, 2007, Edward Elgar)
- Spatial Dynamics, Networks and Modelling (with Aura Reggiani, 2006, Edward Elgar).
His journal papers include
- Second-best congestion pricing: The case of an untolled alternative (with Eric Verhoef and Piet Rietveld, 1996, Journal of Urban Economics),
- Qualitative multicriteria analysis for environmental management (with Guiseppi Munda and Piet Rietveld, 1994, Ecological Economics),
- Price and income elasticities in residential water demand (with Jasper Dalhuisen, Raymond Florax and Henri de Groot, 2003, Land Economics).