The Econometric Game

Every year, the University of Amsterdam is hosting the Econometric Game, one of the most prestigious projects organized by the study association for Actuarial Science, Econometrics & Operational Research (VSAE) of the University of Amsterdam. The participating universities are expected to send delegations of four students majoring in econometrics or relevant studies with a maximum of two PhD students. The teams will be given a case study, which they will have to resolve in two days. After these two days the ten teams with the best solutions will continue to day three. On the third day the finalists have to solve a second case while the other teams can go sightseeing in Amsterdam. After the teams have explored the city, the Econometric Game Congress takes place. There are different interesting lecturers, who will speech about the case and the econometric methods necessary for solving the case. The solutions will be reviewed by a jury of qualified and independent professors and they will announce the winner of the Game. 


This year's edition by NOS op 3: (In Dutch)

Dates 2017

The Econometric Game 2017 took place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of April 2017 in Amsterdam.


This year all the Econometric Game events were centered around one general theme: Crime & Safety.


This year's case revolved around questions concerning crime preventive behavior. The case focussed on the use of roll-down shutters in the Netherlands. For more information about the case, click here.

Latest news

Update on the Econometric Game (EG) 2018

In the past months the preparations for the 2018 edition have been ongoing. We would like to share some of the progress made during that period.

First off all, we can confirm the dates for the EG 2018, the EG will be held from the 11th until 13th of April. During those days the participants will compete in the Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam, the events main location.  


Next to that we are proud to announce that the Amsterdam University Fund (AUF) will be our  new partner. The Amsterdam University Fund (Stichting Amsterdams Universiteitsfonds) is a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). They help and support events and initiatives from the UvA. More information on them can be found at


Furthermore, after the applications have been received we picked the 30 participating universities using a mathematical model. The participating teams can be found on the homepage.


We will bring out another update soon.


Committee Econometric Game 2018




This year the Econometric Game, also known as the World Championships of Econometrics, took place 5, 6 and 7 April. This video gives an impression of what this prestigious event hosted by the VSAE looked like.

During the Econometric Game, top students from the field of econometrics representing world class universities try to solve a challenging socially relevant case. The winner of the 2017 Econometric Game is.. Harvard University!



Harvard University won the Econometric Game of 2017. Copenhagen University and Tilburg University both came in second. They all worked very hard on the crime-case on roll-down shutters in the Netherlands. We uploaded their papers on our website, so everyone can read what they found out in their three day race-against-the-clock. 

Go to this link:


We are very proud to present you the winner of the Econometric Game 2017: HARVARD UNIVERSITY for a second time in a row.


Congratulations on behalf of the 2017 Committee!


Curious of what they found out about crime preventive behavior in the Netherlands? We will post some more on their findings on our website the next week.


Now it’s time to party!



Participating Universities

The participating universities were as follows:


Aarhus University

Aix-Marseille School of Economics of Aix-Marseille University

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Harvard University

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

KU Leuven

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Lund University

McGill University

Monash University

National Research University Higher School of Economics - Perm

New Economic School

Oxford University

Stellenbosch University

Toulouse School of Economics

Universidad del Rosario

Universiteit Antwerpen

Universiteit van Tilburg

University Carlos III Madrid

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Copenhagen

University of Florence

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Orleans

University of St. Gallen

University of Toronto

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Warsaw School of Economics


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