Integrated spatial-economic model Benelux

In 2008, TML developed an extensive spatial-economic model for Belgium. This model, called ISEEM, is able to analyse economic policy which is aimed at sustainability.

The ISEEM-Benelux model is an extension to ISEEM, but with changes to the model methodology and database, to enable us to calculate transport policy at international level. At this stage we restrict ourselves to the Benelux countries, as this is a European region that has a history of common policy and consists of countries with a similar size. Moreover, there is a rather extensive database with regional data available at Benelux level.

First of all, the model enables us to analyse cross-border impacts. Secondly, the model structure is adapted to incorporate other regions in France and Germany. We have further developed the transport sector in the new ISEEM-Benelux model, distinguishing several types of transport, at regional, national and international level. Moreover, it is possible to calculate emissions and external costs of transport in more detail in the model.

ISEEM-Benelux is able to reflect the impact of infrastructure investments (road, rail or inland waterways) and changes in transport policy at several policy levels. The results are given in a comprehensive set of economic and social indicators for the whole of the Benelux, its constituent countries and several of its regions.




2009 - 2010

funded by



Christophe Heyndrickx, Eef Delhaye


Christophe Heyndrickx

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