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!


We received the results from the jury at around 10:30 PM. The 10 teams who will be going to the finals are as follows (random order).

  • University of Copenhagen
  • Tilburg University
  • Warsaw School of Economics
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lund University
  • Harvard
  • University Carlos III of Madrid
  • New Economic School
  • McGill University
  • Erasmus University

Good luck tomorrow with the second case! For the other teams, enjoy your tour in Amsterdam!


This Friday (April 7th) the 10 teams who went to the finals (to be announced Thursdayevening), will work on a second case. At the end of the day, they will all present their findings of the case, on which the jury eventually will select the winners.

In these presentations, the teams will try to explain to the audience what they've been working on these days. Each team will have 5 minutes to do so. This is going to be interesting, since these teams involve the best econometricians around the world! 

The presentations are an open event, which means that everyone who is interested can come visit!

Some practical information

  • Location: Compagnietheater, Kloveniersburgwal 50, 1012 CX Amsterdam
  • Time: 18:30 - 20:00 (the participants will start at 18:45)


We hope to see everyone there!


On Wedsnesday April 5th Ben Vollaard introduced this year's case for the Econometric Game. It revolves around our central theme "Crime & Safety".

Read it here! Click on the link above


We are absolutely thrilled to announce the winner of the 17th edition of the Econometric Game:

Harvard University




Second place: Warsaw School of Economics

Third place: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam


During the Econometric Game 2016, multiple side-events were organised with a similar societal scope. One of these was the panel-discussion on the future of employment when Artificial Intelligence becomes advanced enough to replace more and more human jobs. This event has been brought to the audience thanks to the financial support of EY and Ortec, whom increased their funding of the Econometric Game for this event to take place.


In the week of the Econometric Game, the committee organized a number of side events for the general public to attend. On Monday the 4th of April, a session took place in Spui25, the academic debate center of the University of Amsterdam. Read the summary!


Yesterday the finalists of the Econometric Game 2016 were announced!

Today the following universities will compete for the title 'World Champion of Econometrics':
- Lund University
- Warsaw School of Economics
- McGill University
- University of Copenhagen
- Aarhus University
- Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
- Harvard University
- University of Rome Tor Vergata
- University of Antwerp

Good luck to you all!


Today at the grand opening of the Econometric Game the case makers have revealed this year's theme:

Socioeconomic inequity in health care use among elderly Europeans

The case makers Pilar García-Gómez and Teresa Bago d'Uva have worked very hard on disigning the case and are looking forward to the results of the participating students. Tomorrow evening the finalist will be announced.

We wish all the participants the best of luck!


On Friday April 8th the Econometric Game organizes a panel discussion on the future of labour in an automating society. A panel of experts from various disciplines will talk on the topic of the influence of increasing robotisation and a data-driven society on the labour market and the demand for workers. Click here to read more or register directly via this form!


Op maandag 4 april organiseert Spui25 in samenwerking met de Econometric Game een debat over privacy en ethische kwesties in een maatschappij die draait op data. Drie sprekers met ervaring op het gebied van data analyse en privacy zullen in deze interactieve sessie antwoorden zoeken op vragen over de ethische kanten van het gebruik van jouw data door bedrijven en overheden. Lees meer en meld je aan op de website.


With proud we present to you the Econometric Game Committee of 2016!

Click here to get to know us.


We are thrilled to announce that the Econometric Game of 2016 will take place between the 6th and 8th of April. 

We hope to see you all next April!


The Post Online posted a Dutch article online about the Econometric Game with a small teaser test at the bottom, can you answer both questions correctly? The article can be found here!


We are very pleased to announce the participating universities for the Econometric Game 2015.

The selected universities are:

Aarhus University
Central European University
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Harvard University
McGill University
Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
Oxford University
Seoul National University
Stellenbosch University
Universiteit Maastricht
Universiteit van Tilburg
University Carlos III Madrid
University College London
University of Amsterdam
University of Antwerp
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Copenhagen
University of Economics Prague
University of Essex
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Mannheim
University of Rome Tor Vergata
University of São Paulo
University of St. Gallen
University of Warsaw
Uppsala University
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Warsaw School of Economics


The invitations for the Econometric Game 2015 have been sent, the registrations are starting to come in and the first university to register is the Aarhus University from Denmark!


Congratulations to University of Copenhagen, winner of the fifteenth edition of the Econometric Game. 

The top 3 of the Econometric Game 2014:

  1. University of Copenhagen
  2. University of Bristol
  3. Aarhus University and University of Amsterdam

We want to say THANK YOU to all participants for making this an absolutely unforgettable edition of the Econometric Game.
We can look back at three amazing days. We hope you all enjoyed participating and had a great stay in Amsterdam.    

Report and photos follow later.


From left to right: 
Chris Elbers (jury), Menno Pradhan (casemaker), Valeria Zhavoronkina, Anders Munk-Nielsen, Daniel Safai and Alessandro Martinello.



Poverty Analysis with incomplete consumption data

Yesterday the Econometric Game 2014 commenced in theatre Tuschinski in Amsterdam. After interesting speeches from the chairman Kees Ouboter, Han van Dissel (dean of the faculty Economics & Business of the UvA) and John Poppelaars from Ortec, finally the subject of the case was announced by case maker professor Menno Pradhan.

The subject of this year’s Econometric Game is ‘Poverty Analysis with incomplete consumption data’. The participants will be working on a case to estimate poverty in a developing country with an unusual set of variables. Poverty is normally estimated using consumption data, which is hard and costly to collect. The contestants of this year’s Econometric Game will work on a model to estimate consumption and thus poverty using variables as education, assets, the composition of households and other variables.

Tonight the teams will hear whether they are among the ten teams that will make it through to the final tomorrow. This will be announced during drinks after a well-earned dinner in the centre of Amsterdam.


We are very pleased to announce the participating universities for the Econometric Game 2014.

The selected universities are:

1.   Aarhus University
2.   Erasmus University Rotterdam
3.   Harvard
4.   Higher School of Economics Perm
5.   London School of Economics
6.   Maastricht University
7.   McGill University
8.   Oxford University
9.   Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
10. Seoul National University
11. St Gallen
12. Stellenbosch University
13. the University of Warsaw
14. Tilburg University
15. Trinity College Dublin
16. Universidad Carlos III
17. Université Catholique de Louvain
18. University of Amsterdam
19. University of Bristol
20. University of Cambridge
21. University of Copenhagen
22. University of Essex
23. University of Lausanne
24. University of Orleans
25. University of Reading
26. University of Rome Tor Vergata
27. University of Southampton
28. Uppsala University
29. Vrije Universiteit
30. Warsaw school of Economics


All the invitations are sent to the universities!

We've already received a lot of subscriptions, so don't wait too long with the subscription of your university! 


We are happy to announce that the Econometric Game 2014 will take place on 15, 16 and 17 April 2014.

We hope to see you all next April!


The final papers of the case of the winning universities Carlos III de Madrid, University of Copenhagen and Warsaw School of Economics are now online!

Click here to see them. 


The invitations are sent to the universities of the southern hemisphere. It is now possible to subscribe for the Econometric Game 2014!


The winners of the Econometric Game 2013 are:
          1.     Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 
          2.     University of Copenhagen
          3.     Warsaw School of Economics

Finalists for 2017

We've got the results. The 10 teams who will be going to the finals are as follows (random order).

  • University of Copenhagen
  • Tilburg University
  • Warsaw School of Economics
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lund University
  • Harvard
  • University Carlos III of Madrid
  • New Economic School
  • McGill University
  • Erasmus University

Good luck tomorrow with the second case! For the other teams, enjoy your tour in Amsterdam!

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