Our School

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Erasmus School of Economics welcomes over 7000 Dutch and international students every academic year and provides world class education in economic disciplines and econometrics.

Mission and Vision 

By pursuing its three main principles:

  • Quality first
  • Integration of top research with top education
  • A prime economic focus on current and future real-world questions

Erasmus School of Economics will ensure that by 2023, the School will have secured its place as a leading academic brand in economics and econometrics in the world.


Erasmus School of Economics is the natural choice for ambitious students who wish to study economics or econometrics, for academics eager to contribute to relevant and challenging research and education, for alumni eager to learn and share their experiences, and for governments and firms seeking reliable advice.


Erasmus School of Economics’ history goes back to 1913, when the Netherlands School of Commerce was founded through a private initiative with broad support from the Rotterdam business community. 

The statutory recognition of higher education in commerce and economics as an academic discipline resulted in 1939 into the Netherlands School of Economics, the predecessor of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

The university gained worldwide fame with its education and research in the fields of (business-) economics and econometrics and with its renowned professors, such as Johannes Witteveen, who became the first Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Henri Theil, and Jan Tinbergen, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1969. 

The school’s Econometric Institute is internationally recognised for its groundbreaking work and has Jan Tinbergen, one of the pioneers of econometrics as a discipline, as one of its founders. 

Our Academic Staff 

The school has four departments which includes the Econometric Institute and the departments of Economics, Business Economics and Applied Economics. 

The departments are home to our talented academic staff who specialise in various branches such as behavioural economics, health economics, finance, marketing, data science, and many more.

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