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  1. M.J. Burger, E.I. Ianchovichina & P.A. Akbar (2021) Heterogeneous agglomeration economies in developing economies: The roles of firm characteristics, sector tradability, and urban mobility.

  2. M.J. Burger, M. van Voorthuizen & M. Hendriks (2023). Crew rescheduling, work-life balance and employee well-being: Evidence from a quasi-experiment.

  3. H. Kamilçelebi & M.J. Burger (2023) Dark Triad and resilience to personal loss: Subjective well-being in the wake of the 2023 Türkiye-Syria earthquakes

  4. S. Stavropoulos, M.J. Burger & K. Kounetas (2021). Computerization and the skill-base of the circular economy.

  5. A. Tubadji, M.J. Burger & D. Webber (2022). Geographies of feeling stuck behind and populist voting in the Netherlands

  6. F.G. Van Oort, S. Ramkumar, S. Stavropoulos, M.J. Burger, J. Dufourmont & M. Thissen (2021). Putting the circular economy to work: Measuring gross employment effects in the Netherlands, 1996-2015. 


  1. H. Kamilçelebi & M.J. Burger (2024) Fairness perceptions mediate the relationship between income comparisons and subjective well-being: Evidence from Türkiye. Applied Economics Letters (forthcoming).

  2. E. Pleeging & M.J. Burger (2024) Hope and behavioural economics. The Oxford Compendium of Hope (forthcoming).

  3. M. Hoogerbrugge & M.J. Burger (2024) Urban-rural happiness paradox. The World of Regional Science – The Thematic Encyclopedia of Regional Science (forthcoming).

  4. M. Hoogerbrugge & M.J. Burger (2024) Housing and urban-rural differences in subjective well-being in the Netherlands. Spatial Inequalities and Wellbeing: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (forthcoming).

  5. M.J. Burger, M. Hendriks, & E.I. Ianchovichina (2023) Economic crises, subjective well-being, and vote switching: The case of Brazil’s 2018 presidential election, Journal of Happiness Studies, 24, 2831-2853.

  6. L. Dillenseger, M.J. Burger, & F. Munier, F. (2023). Part-time parental leave and life satisfaction: Evidence from the Netherlands, Applied Research in Quality of Life, 18, 3019-3041.

  7. M.J. Burger, M.J. Coun, J. Stoffers, S. van den Heuvel, A. VanderStukken & T. van Wayenberg (2023) Positive leadership and worker well-being in dynamic contexts: Introduction to the special issue. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, 1349522.

  8. M.J. Burger & S. Eiselt (2023) Subjective well-being and populist voting in the Netherlands, Journal of Happiness Studies, 24(7), 2331-2352.

  9. M. Hendriks & M.J. Burger (2023) Happiness and migration. Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics (forthcoming).

  10. M.J. Burger & R. Veenhoven (2023), Editorial: Special issue on subjective well-being and mental health in the early days of COVID-19. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 18(1), 1-8.

  11. A. Schepen & M.J. Burger (2022). Professional financial advice and subjective well-being. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 17(5), 2967-3004.

  12. M. Hendriks, M.J. Burger & H.R. Commandeur (2022) The influence of CEO compensation on employee engagement. Review of Managerial Science, 17(2), 607-633. Winner of the 2021 Emerald Literati Award - Outstanding Paper.

  13. I. Wijngaards, F.B. Pronk & M.J. Burger (2022) For whom and under what circumstances does email message batching work? A quasi-experiment among remote office workers. Internet Interventions, 27, 100494.

  14. M.J. Burger, M. Hendriks & E. Ianchovichina (2022) Happy but unequal: Differences in subjective well-being across individuals and space in Colombia. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 17(3), 1343-1387.

  15. E. Pleeging, N.J.A. van Exel & M.J. Burger (2021). Characterizing hope: An interdisciplinary overview of the characteristics of hope. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 17(3), 1681-1723.

  16. M. Hoogerbrugge & M.J. Burger (2022). Selective migration and urban-rural differences in subjective well-being: Evidence from the United Kingdom. Urban Studies, 59(10), 2092-2109.

  17. I. Wijngaards, F.R. Pronk, A.B. Bakker & M.J. Burger (2022). Does cognitive crafting facilitate work engagement? A study among remote and frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Health Care Management Review, 47(3), 227-235.

  18. I. Wijngaards, O.C. King, M.J. Burger & N.J.A. van Exel (2022) Worker well-being: What it is, and how it should be measured. Applied Research in Quality of Life17(2), 795-832.

  19. M. Hoogerbrugge, M.J. Burger, & F. Van Oort (2022). Spatial structure and subjective well-being in North-West Europe. Regional Studies, 56(1), 75-86.

  20. R. Veenhoven, I. Buijt, & M.J. Burger (2022) Online findings archive - a new tool for research synthesis. International Journal of Innovation Scientific Research and Review, 4(5), 2774-2784.

  21. R. Veenhoven, F. Chiperi, X. Kang & M.J. Burger (2021), Happiness and consumption: A research synthesis using an online findings archive. SAGE Open, 11(1), 2158244020986239.

  22. E. Pleeging, M.J. Burger & N.J.A. van Exel (2021), Hope mediates the relation between income and subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 22(5), 2075-2102. Winner of the 2022 ARQOL Best Paper Award.

  23. E. Pleeging, M.J. Burger & N.J.A. Van Exel (2021). The relations between hope and subjective well-being: A literature overview and empirical analysis. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 16(3), 1019-1041.

  24. M.J. Burger (2021) Urban-rural happiness differentials in the Netherlands, in: A. Michalos (ed.) The Pope of Happiness: A Festschrift for Ruut Veenhoven, pp. 49-58.

  25. A.A. Rahman, S. Stavropoulos, M.J. Burger & E.I. Ianchovichina (2021). Does institutional quality moderate the relationship between corruption and subjective well-being? Economics Bulletin, 41(3), 975-996.

  26. I. Wijngaards, M.J. Burger & N.J.A. van Exel (2021). Unpacking the quantifying and qualifying potential of semi-open job satisfaction questions through computer-aided textual analysis. Journal of Well-being Assessment, 4(3), 391-417.

  27. R. Gaucher, M.J. Burger & R. Veenhoven (2020). Difference in mood at work and home. A new indicator of job satisfaction. Journal of Well-being Assessment, 4(3), 347-367. 

  28. M.J. Burger, M. Hendriks, E. Pleeging & J. van Ours (2020). The joy of lottery play: Evidence from a field experiment. Experimental Economics, 23, 1235-1256.

  29. E. Pleeging, N.J.A. van Exel, M.J. Burger & S. Stavropoulos (2020). Hope for the future and willingness to pay for sustainable energy. Ecological Economics, 106900.

  30. I. Wijngaards, S.C. Sisouw de Zilwa & M.J. Burger (2020). Extraversion moderates the relationship between the stringency of COVID-19 protective measures and depressive symptoms. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 568907.

  31. M.J. Burger, P.S. Morrison, M. Hendriks & M.M. Hoogerbrugge (2020). Urban-rural happiness differentials across the world. In J. Hellliwell, R. Layard, J. Sachs & J.E. de Neve (Eds.), World Happiness Report 2020 (pp. 67-94). New York: UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

  32. A. Bakker, M.J. Burger, P. van Haren, W.G.M. Oerlemans & R. Veenhoven (2020), Raise of happiness following raised awareness of how happy one feels: A follow-up of repeated users of the Happiness Indicator website. International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 5, 153-187.

  33. E. Pleeging & M.J. Burger (2020), Hope in economics. In: S. van den Heuvel (ed.), Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Hope (pp. 165-178). Cham: Springer.

  34. E. Arampatzi & M.J. Burger (2020). Facility management services and employee well-being. Journal of Facilities Management, 18(2), 109-130.

  35. P.W. van der Zwan, J. Hessels & M.J. Burger (2020). Happy Free Willies? Investigating the relationship between freelancing and subjective well-being. Small Business Economics, 55(2), 475-491.

  36. M. Hendriks & M.J. Burger (2020). Unsuccessful subjective well-being assimilation among immigrants: The role of shifting reference points and faltering perceptions of the host society. Journal of Happiness Studies, 21(6), 1985-2006.

  37. E. Arampatzi, M.J. Burger, S. Stavropoulos & L. Tay (2020). The role of positive expectations for resilience to adverse events: Subjective well-being before, during and after the Greek bailout referendum. Journal of Happiness Studies, 21(3), 965-995.

  38. M. Hendriks, M.J. Burger, J.A. Rijsenbilt, E. Pleeging & H.R. Commandeur (2020). Virtuous leadership: A source of employee well-being and trust. Management Research Review, 43(8), 951-970.

  39. C.T. Witte, M.J. Burger & E. Ianchovichina (2020). Subjective well-being and peaceful uprisings. Kyklos, 73(1), 120-158.

  40. I. Wijngaards, M. Hendriks & M.J. Burger (2019). Steering towards happiness: An experience sampling study on the determinants of happiness of truck drivers. Transportation Research. Part A, Policy and Practice, 128(1), 131-148.

  41. I. Wijngaards, M.J. Burger & N.J.A. Van Exel (2019). The promise of open survey questions - The validation of text-based job satisfaction measures. PLoS ONE 14(12) e0226408.

  42. M. Slag, M.J. Burger & R. Veenhoven (2019). Did the Easterlin Paradox apply in South Korea 1980-2015? A case study. International Review of Economics, 66 (4), 325-351.

  43. E. Arampatzi, M.J. Burger, S. Stavropoulos & F.G. van Oort (2019). Subjective well-being and the 2008 recession in European regions: The moderating effect of quality of governance. International Journal of Community Well-Being, 2 (2), 111-133.

  44. R. Veenhoven, A.B. Bakker, M.J. Burger, P. van Haren & W.G.M. Oerlemans (2019). Effect on happiness of happiness self-monitoring and comparison with others: Using the Happiness Indicator. In Evidence-Based Positive Psychological Interventions in Multi-Cultural Contexts (pp. 1-23). Basel: Springer.

  45. M. Hendriks, M.J. Burger, J. Ray & N. Esipova (2018). Do international migrants increase their happiness and that of their families by migrating? In J. Hellliwell, R. Layard & J. Sachs (Eds.), World Happiness Report 2018 (pp. 44-66). New York: UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

  46. M.M. Hoogerbrugge & M.J. Burger (2018). Neighborhood-based social capital and life satisfaction: The case of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Urban Geography, 39 (10), 1484-1509.

  47. E. Arampatzi, M.J. Burger, E. Ianchovichina, T. Röhricht & R. Veenhoven (2018). Unhappy Development: Dissatisfaction with Life on the Eve of the Arab Spring. Review of Income and Wealth, 64 (S1), S80-S113.

  48. E. Arampatzi, M.J. Burger & N.A. Novik (2018). Social network sites, individual social capital and happiness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 19 (1), 99-122.

  49. K. Ludwigs, R. Lucas, M.J. Burger, R. Veenhoven & L.R. Arends (2018). How does more attention to subjective well-being affect subjective well-being? Applied Research in Quality of Life, 13 (4), 1055-1080.

  50. J. Hessels, E. Arampatzi, P.W. van der Zwan & M.J. Burger (2018). Life satisfaction and self-employment in different types of occupations. Applied Economics Letters, 25 (11), 734-740.

  51. S. Lancée, M.J. Burger & R. Veenhoven (2018). Commuting and happiness: What ways feel best for what kinds of people? In M. Friman, D. Ettema & E. Olson (Eds.), Quality of life and daily travel (pp. 79-93). Dordrecht Netherlands: Springer International Publishing AG.

  52. M.J. Burger, P. Nullens, S. Van den Heuvel & E. Pleeging (2018). Understanding and measuring hope: The interdisciplinary challenge of the Hope Barometer 1.0. In S. Van den Heuvel & P. Nullens (Eds.), Driven by Hope: Economics and Theology in Dialogue (pp. 3-20). Leuven: Peeters

  53. S. Lancée, R. Veenhoven & M.J. Burger (2017). Mood during commute in the Netherlands: What way of travel feels best for what kind of people? Transportation Research. Part A, Policy and Practice, 104 (C), 195-208.

  54. M.J. Burger, M. Hendriks, E. Pleeging & P.W. van der Zwan (2016). The silver linings of lottery play: motivation and subjective well-being of British lottery participants. Applied Economics Letters, 23 (18), 1312-1316.

  55. M.J. Burger, R. Veenhoven, L. Kakar & H.R. Commandeur (2015). Genetic distance and differences in happiness across nations: some preliminary evidence. Journal of Happiness and Well-Being, 3 (2), 142-158.

  56. E. Arampatzi, M.J. Burger & R. Veenhoven (2015). Financial distress and happiness of employees in times of economic crisis. Applied Economics Letters, 22 (3), 173-179.

  57. M.M.F. Hanstede, M.J. Burger, A. Timmermans & M.P.M. Burger (2012). Regional and temporal variation in hysterectomy rates and surgical routes for benign diseases in the Netherlands. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 91 (2), 220-225.

  58. M.J. Burger & B. Karreman (2010). Worldwide differences in executive pay, culture, well-being, and economic growth. Environment and Planning A, 42 (2), 255-256.


  1. E.J. Meijers & M.J. Burger (2022) Small and medium-sized towns: Out of the dark agglomeration shadows and into the bright city lights? In: H. Mayer & M. Lazzaroni, A Research Agenda for Small and Medium-Sized Towns (forthcoming)

  2. M.J. Burger, K. Kounetas, O. Napolitano, & S. Stavropoulos (2021). Do innovation and human capital actually narrow the technology gap? A study on champions and laggards of European regional productive performance. Regional Studies (forthcoming).

  3. M.J. Burger, J. Schalk, D. Schiller & S. Stavropoulos (2021). Regional policy and greenfield investments in German districts. Urban Science, 5, 51.

  4. E. Meijers, M.J. Burger & F.G. Van Oort (2021). The Randstad Holland between functional entity and political desire. In W. Zonneveld, V. Nadin, B. Waterhout & D. Stead (Eds.), Randstad’s Polycentric Metropolis (pp. 127-148). Routledge.

  5. S. Stavropoulos, F.G. Van Oort & M.J. Burger (2020). Heterogeneous relatedness and firm productivity, Annals of Regional Science, 65, 403-437.

  6. C.T. Witte, M.J. Burger & H.P.G. Pennings (2020). When political instability devaluates home-host ties. Journal of World Business, 55(4), 101077.

  7. S. Stavropoulos & M.J. Burger (2020). Modelling strategy and net employment effects of renewable energy and energy efficiency: A meta-regression. Energy Policy, 136, 111047.

  8. S. Stavropoulos, M.J. Burger & J. Dufourmont (2020) Urban circular policies and employment through greenfield FDI. Sustainability, 12(4), 1458.

  9. R. Cardoso, E. Meijers, M. Van Ham, M.J. Burger & D. De Vos (2019). Why bright city lights dazzle and illuminate: A cognitive science approach to urban promises. Urban Studies, 56 (2), 452-470.

  10. B. Karreman, M.J. Burger & F. Van Eenennaam (2019). Revealed competition between cluster organisations: An exploratory analysis of the European life sciences sector. Environment and Planning A, 51 (3), 705-723.

  11. M.J. Burger, S. Stavropoulos, S. Ramkumar, J. Dufourmont & F.G. van Oort (2019). The heterogeneous skill-base of circular economy employment. Research Policy, 48 (1), 248-261.

  12. M.J. Burger, F.G. van Oort & E. Meijers (2019). Examining spatial structure using gravity models. In L. D'Acci (Ed.), The Mathematics of Urban Morphology (pp. 471-479). Cham: Birkhäuser

  13. B. Karreman, M.J. Burger & F.G. van Oort (2017). Location choices of multinationals in Europe: the role of overseas communities. Economic Geography, 93 (2), 131-161.

  14. C.T. Witte, M.J. Burger, E. Ianchovichina & H.P.G. Pennings (2017). Dodging bullets: the heterogeneous effect of political violence on greenfield FDI. Journal of International Business Studies, 48 (7), 862-892.

  15. M.J. Burger & E. Ianchovichina (2017). Surges and stops in greenfield and M&A FDI flows to developing countries: Analysis by mode of entry. Review of World Economics, 153 (2), 411-432.

  16. E. Meijers & M.J. Burger (2017). Stretching the concept of 'borrowed size'. Urban Studies, 54 (1), 269-291.

  17. M.J. Burger & E. Meijers (2016). Agglomerations and the rise of urban network externalities. Papers in Regional Science, 95 (1), 5-15.

  18. E. Meijers, M.J. Burger & M.M. Hoogerbrugge (2016). Borrowing size in networks of cities: city size, network connectivity and metropolitan functions in Europe. Papers in Regional Science, 95 (1), 181-199.

  19. M.J. Burger, E. Ianchovichina & B. Rijkers (2016). Risky business: political instability and sectoral greenfield foreign direct investment in the Arab world. The World Bank Economic Review, 30 (2), 306-331.

  20. M.J. Burger (2016). Corporations and global trade. In The Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons

  21. M.J. Burger, E. Meijers, M.M. Hoogerbrugge & J. Masip Tresserra (2015). Borrowed size, agglomeration shadows and cultural amenities in North-West Europe. European Planning Studies, 23 (6), 1090-1109.

  22. D. Schiller, M.J. Burger & B. Karreman (2015). The functional and sectoral division of labour between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: from complementarities in production to competition in producer services? Environment and Planning A, 47 (1), 188-208.

  23. T. Dogaru, M.J. Burger, B. Karreman & F.G. van Oort (2015). Functional and sectoral division of labour within Central and Eastern European countries: evidence from greenfield FDI. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 106 (1), 120-129.

  24. S. Stavropoulos, M.J. Burger & D. Skuras (2015). Data sparseness and variance in accounting profitability. Organizational Research Methods, 18 (4), 656-678.

  25. M.J. Burger, B. Karreman & F. Van Eenennaam (2015). The competitive advantage of clusters: cluster organisations and greenfield FDI in the European life sciences industry. Geoforum, 65 (1), 179-191.

  26. M.J. Burger, E. Meijers & F.G. van Oort (2014). Multiple perspectives on functional coherence: heterogeneity and multiplexity in the Randstad. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 105, 444-464.

  27. T. Broekel, P.A. Balland, M.J. Burger & F.G. Oort (2014). Modeling knowledge networks in economic geography: a comparison of four empirical strategies. Annals of Regional Science, 53 (2), 423-452.

  28. M.J. Burger, G.A. van der Knaap & R.S. Wall (2014). Polycentricity and the multiplexity of urban networks. European Planning Studies, 22 (4), 816-840.

  29. M.J. Burger, E. Meijers & F.G. van Oort (2014). The development and functioning of regional urban systems. Regional Studies, 48, 1921-1925.

  30. M.J. Burger, M.J.P.M. Thissen, D. Diodato & F.G. van Oort (2014). The magnitude and distance decay of trade in goods and services: new evidence for European countries. Spatial Economic Analysis, 231-259.

  31. M.J. Burger, E. Meijers & F.G. van Oort (2014). Regional spatial structure and retail amenities in the Netherlands. Regional Studies, 48, 1972-1992.

  32. T. Dogaru, M.J. Burger, F.G. Van Oort & B. Karreman (2014). The geography of multinational corporations in CEE countries: perspectives for second-tier city regions and European cohesion policy. Investigaciones Regionales, 29, 193-214.

  33. M.J. Burger, G.A. van der Knaap & R.S. Wall (2013). Revealed competition for greenfield investments between European regions. Journal of Economic Geography, 13 (4), 619-648.

  34. M.J. Burger, F. van Oort, R.S. Wall & M. Thissen (2013). Analysing the competitive advantage of cities in the Dutch Randstad by urban market overlap. In Metropolitan Regions - Knowledge Infrastructures of the Global Economy (pp. 375-391). Berlin: Springer

  35. F.G. van Oort, M.J. Burger, J. Knoben & O. Raspe (2012). Multilevel approaches and the firm-agglomeration ambiguity in economic growth studies. Journal of Economic Surveys, 26 (3), 468-491.

  36. M.J. Burger & E. Meijers (2012). Form follows function? Linking morphological and functional polycentricity. Urban Studies, 49 (5), 1127-1149.

  37. R.S. Wall, M.J. Burger & G.A. van der Knaap (2011). The geography of global corporate networks: the poor, the rich, and the happy few countries. Environment and Planning A, 43 (4), 904-927.

  38. M.J. Burger, B. de Goei, L. van der Laan & F.J.M. Huisman (2011). Heterogeneous development of metropolitan spatial structure: evidence from commuting patterns in English and Welsh city-regions, 1981-2001. Cities, 29 (2), 160-170.

  39. E. Meijers & M.J. Burger (2010). Spatial structure and productivity in US metropolitan areas. Environment and Planning A, 42 (6), 1383-1402.

  40. F.G. Van Oort, M.J. Burger & O. Raspe (2010). On the economic foundation of the urban network paradigm: spatial integration, functional integration and economic complementarities within the Dutch Randstad. Urban Studies, 47 (4), 725-748.

  41. B. de Goei, M.J. Burger, F.G. van Oort & M. Kitson (2010). Functional polycentrism and urban network development in the Greater South East UK: evidence from commuting patterns 1981-2001. Regional Studies, 44 (9), 1149-1170.

  42. M.J. Burger, F.G. van Oort & G.A. van der Knaap (2010). A treatise on the geographical scale of agglomeration externalities and the modifiable areal unit problem. Scienze Regionali, 9, 19-40.

  43. M. Brienen, M.J. Burger & F.G. van Oort (2010). The geography of Chinese and Indian greenfield investments in Europe. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 51 (2), 254-273.

  44. M.J. Burger, F.G. Van Oort, K. Frenken & G.A. van der Knaap (2009). Networks and Economic Agglomerations: Introduction to the Special Issue. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 100 (2), 139-144.

  45. M.J. Burger & V. Buskens (2009). Social context and network formation: An experimental study. Social Networks, 31 (1), 63-75.

  46. M.J. Burger, F.G. van Oort & G. Linders (2009). On the specification of the gravity model of trade: zeros, excess zeros and zero-inflated estimation. Spatial Economic Analysis, 4 (2), 167-187.

  47. B. de Goei, M.J. Burger, F.G. Van Oort & M. Kitson (2008). Testing the `super-region'. Town and Country Planning, 460-468.

  48. G. Linders, M.J. Burger & F.G. van Oort (2008). A rather empty world: the many faces of distance and the persistent resistance to international trade. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 1, 439-458.

  49. F. van Oort, M.J. Burger & O. Raspe (2008). Inter-firm relations and economic clustering in the Dutch Randstad region. In U. Blien & G. Maier (Eds.), The Economics of Regional Clusters. Networks Technology and Policy (pp. 145-166). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

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