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Tinbergen Institute

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Founded in 1987, Tinbergen Institute (TI) is the graduate school and research institute in economics, econometrics and finance of the Erasmus School of Economics of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of VU University Amsterdam, and the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Amsterdam.

The TI Graduate School offers two years (120 ects) of intensive PhD-level coursework in its Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program. The TI MPhil program has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation for the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) and fits into the framework of the Bologna model and the European Higher Education Area. Students who complete the TI MPhil program are awarded a legally-protected MSc degree in economics. The MPhil program is fully dedicated to preparing students for PhD thesis research in the three faculties participating in the institute. Students who successfully complete the MPhil program usually transfer to a 3-year PhD position at one of the faculties and are offered full time employment positions with all the benefits of a good salary.

The TI Research Institute aims to stimulate fundamental and applied research in economics at the three participating universities and to organize an excellent research training environment for the institute’s students. The research program consists of eight themes, covering the whole spectrum of economic analysis, from theoretical to empirical research and econometric methods: 
  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics (BEE) 
  • Cooperative Behavior, Strategic Interaction, and Complex Systems (CSC) 
  • Econometrics and Operations Research (ECTOR) 
  • Finance (FIN)
  • Macroeconomics and International Economics (MIE) 
  • Labor, Health, Education and Development (LHED) 
  • Organizations and Markets (OM) 
  • Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics (STEE) 
The cooperation between the three economics faculties in the institute offers many benefits. The best economists from the three participating universities are affiliated to TI as research fellows. TI offers them facilities for organizing conferences and seminars, and for inviting foreign guest researchers for short or long stays. To disseminate research results and to enhance discussion among colleagues, Tinbergen Institute publishes a discussion paper series.

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