About the Department
The Department of Quantitative Economics teaches and conducts research in the areas of Economic Theory, Actuarial Science, Econometrics and Operations Research. Both in teaching and in research it achieves excellent standards. Recently (Spring 2011) one team of its students won the first prize in the Econometric Game, a competition between student teams of European top universities (including Oxford, Cambridge and Toulouse); another team won the second prize in a famous Operations Research competition (the “Nacht van Eindhoven”). The department hosts editors and associate editors of highly ranked international scientific journals, such as European Economic Review, Games and Economic Behaviour, Journal of Econometrics, …
The department is structured in three groups: Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, and Operations Research. These groups cooperate in offering courses for various BSc and MSc programmes. The department offers courses in Quantitative Methods (Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Research) and various elective courses in all BSc programmes of the School of Business and Economics (SBE). It also offers courses in many master programmes, including the Research Master EFR (Economic and Financial Research). Besides, the department is largely responsible for the BSc and MSc programmes Econometrics and Operations Research, which currently (2011) has an inflow of 60 bachelor and 30 master students. This programme combines economics and business with mathematics, statistics, econometrics and operations research, with a much larger emphasis on mathematical methods than standard economics or business programmes. It has specializations in four directions: Actuarial Sciences, Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, and Operations Research.
of research are econometrics, game theory and social choice theory, mechanism
design, and combinatorial optimization. The department participates in several
research programmes of the SBE, notably Economic Theory, Behaviour, and
Computation (ETBC) and Econometrics, Finance and Monetary Economics (EFME).
Currently, the department has 25 staff members, 8 postdoctoral researchers, and more than 20 PhD students.