Econometric Game 2017

General

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, all the participants will listen to each others presentations about their findings. The solutions will be reviewed by a jury of qualified and independent professors and they will announce the winner of the Game.

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

See the aftermovie here:

Case

Casemakers:

Case A (Wednesday - Thursday): Stijn Ruiter (NSCR & Universiteit Utrecht) & Ben Vollaard (Tilburg University)
Case B (Friday): Pierre Koning (Universiteit Leiden, Free University Amsterdam) & Ben Vollaard (Tilburg University)

Brief introduction

Crime has dropped substantially in Europe and the US since the 1990s. The study of what caused the crime drop has resulted in a greater attention to victim precaution. Government regulation resulted in greater levels of victim precaution over the last decades (including mandated anti-theft devices in cars in many parts of the world and changes in Building Codes in some places), but surveys suggest that households (and firms) also took many additional crime prevention measures of their own accord. This response to the crime risk may have limited the number of opportunities available to potential offenders,which may have contributed to a lower crime rate. Today’s challenge is to study the use of one particular crime prevention device: (roll-down) shutters in front of windows and doors.

General prediction-question: By which year will each municipality in the Netherlands be saturated with shutters?

Findings

Harvard University won the Econometric Game 2017 with their report on "The Impact of Crime Precaution Technology Adoption on Crime".

1. Harvard University
Case A
Case B
2. Copenhagen University
3. Tilburg University

Committee

Frank de Zwart
Frank de Zwart
Chairman

Hi, my name is Frank and I am currently studying the master Financial Econometrics at the University  of Amsterdam. Besides my study and work I like to run, watch movies and series and to travel to new places. I am very proud to be the head of this year’s Econometric Game committee and I want to wish you all lots of success with the case. But above all I am eager to meet you all in April and I hope you all enjoy your stay in Amsterdam.

Hi, my name is Mandy van Oosterhout. I am on the board of VSAE, the study association of the studies Econometrics, Operational Research and Actuarial Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. During this edition of the Econometric Game I will coordinate the committee to make these days successful. We are really looking forward to it! Good luck you all with the preparations and hope to
see you in Amsterdam

Mandy van Oosterhout
Mandy van Oosterhout
Coordinator
Lizette Bogaards
Lizette Bogaards
Acquisition

Hi, my name is Lizette Bogaards. I am currently in the third year of my bachelor Econometrics & Operations Research and busy writing my thesis. I am very excited to help organise this edition of the Econometric Game, where I will be focused on the acquisition. We are already halfway through the preparations and can’t wait till you all get here in Amsterdam! Get lot’s of sleep, eat your vegetables because this is going to be a good one!

Hey! I am Liselotte and currently busy with my Econometrics Master. Since I am responsible for the case. I need to make sure that the questioning of the game optimizes your brain activity and that every cell is used, even your creativity. I myself develop my creative mind by playing harp and acting. I hope to see you all in Amsterdam, where every team can prove that it possess all qualities to be the best econometricians of 2017!

Liselotte Siteur
Liselotte Siteur
Case
Sharon Schotman
Sharon Schotman
PR & Media

Hi there! My name is Sharon and within this committee I am responsible for all the (social) media, public relations and our magazine. I’m the youngest one in this committee, since I’m only in my second year of the econometrics bachelor. My goal for the Econometric Game of 2017 is to make it as interesting as possible for everyone. I hope that all the participants will enjoy the new case, I hope that our committee and the new 2018 committee will learn from all the inspiring people that will be joining the event, and besides that I also hope this year’s game will reach as many Amsterdam students as possible to make it an even bigger event!
Let the games begin..

Hi my name is Lasse. I’m currently finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in Econometrics and Finance. Besides my studies and work as a teaching assistant, I like traveling, music, and sports. My task in the Econometric Game committee 2017 is being the contact person for the universities and the participants. If you have any questions about participation in the Game, I will answer them (mail them to econometricgame@vsae.nl). I wish all participants a great time in Amsterdam and good luck with the Game. Enjoy!

Lasse Liebrand
Lasse Liebrand
Universities
Eunyoung Jang
Eunyoung Jang
Facilities

Hi! I’m Eunyoung, a third year bachelor Econometric student at the University of Amsterdam. Within the committee I’m responsible for arranging all the facilities. I love to try new food, learn about other cultures and meet new people. I’m proud to be a part of such a great event and I’m looking forward to meeting you all. Hope you’ll enjoy your stay here in Amsterdam, and good luck to all of you!