PhD defence of Bart Voogt on Thursday 14 June 2012
On Thursday 14 June 2012 Bart Voogt will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Essays on Consumer Search and Dynamic Committees'. Supervisor is Professor Maarten Janssen.
Time and location
The PhD defence will take place in the Senate Hall of Erasmus University Rotterdam and will start at 15.30 hrs.
About the PhD thesis
In his dissertation Bart Voogt covers two different topics: consumer search and committee decision-making. He investigates the price setting of firms in markets where consumers encounter costs (such as search and switching costs) to extract price information. One of his results shows that these search costs may lead to divergence of market shares and reduced competition. Another finding reveals that search costs may be more detrimental to competition than switching costs, suggesting that policy makers should focus on reducing search costs rather than switching costs.
Voogt’s second topic focuses on committee decision-making involving multiple decisions. The main question is whether a single committee should make all decisions or whether it is better to have multiple committees. The study identifies advantages and disadvantages of both options and provides conditions under which a particular option is desirable.
About Bart Voogt
Bart Voogt (1981) graduated in Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He received the second price in the 2005-2006 Encore Master Thesis Competition. In September 2006 he joined the Tinbergen Institute and his alma mater, the Erasmus University, to pursue a PhD. In 2008 he received a teaching award for the bachelor course International Economics.
About the Tinbergen Institute
The Tinbergen Institute is a joint research institute of the Erasmus School of Economics of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Amsterdam School of Economics of the University of Amsterdam and the Economics and Business Administration Faculty of the VU University Amsterdam.
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For more information about this ceremony, please contact Ronald de Groot, Communication Advisor of Erasmus School of Economics phone +31 10 408 1762, e-mail: rdegroot@. ese.eur.nl
Publication date: 01 June 2012