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Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford or perhaps the University of Amsterdam? Which university will be crowned econometrics world champion? From 11 to 13 April, 120 of the world’s best and brightest students from across the world will compete for the title econometrics world champion. This year’s edition of the Econometric Game, as it is officially known, will focus on the theme ‘Economics of Happiness’.

Logo Econometric Game

The university teams participating in the Econometric Game are required to solve a major societal problem by means of econometrics. ‘This year’s case will be kept a secret until 10 April, but the teams know it concerns a societal problem in the area of ‘Economics of Happiness’, says Casper Hoogenboom, chair of the Econometric Game 2018. This case was developed by Paul Frijters, professor of Economics at the University of Queensland and author of the book An Economic Theory of Greed, Love, Groups and Networks. Frijters is specialised in these kinds of economic questions. Some of the cases worked on in previous editions include healthcare accessibility and how to ensure ageing societies remain affordable.

Immensely popular

The Econometric Game is an initiative of and organised by the UvA’s study association for Actuarial Science, Econometrics & Operational Research (VSAE). The Econometric Game is immensely popular. Each year, the number of entries far outstrip the number of available places, which is why only the 30 best universities are invited to send a delegation of two PhDs and two Master’s students to Amsterdam. This year universities from 18 countries will compete in the Econometric Game, including Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University and McGill University.


The ten finalists will give their end presentations on Friday, 13 April. Door will be open to everyone.

Time and place: 18:30 t0 20:00, University of Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 11, A1.01