The Economics department in Rotterdam has a long tradition in approaching topical issues or problems in an analytical way. Of course everyone instantly thinks of the life and work of Jan Tinbergen at our faculty. A Nobel Prize rewarded his analytical and empirical efforts in economic science, but he also had special interest in social problems in the Netherlands and foreign countries.
Analytical and (inter)national topics are nowadays the key concepts at the department of Economics. Several economists from Rotterdam have been recently participating in numerous policy issues concerning the use of auctions (UMTS- auctions, commercial radio stations, filling stations), entrepreneurship, trading relations of the world trade agreement (GATT), etc.
Learning to analyse is one of the main aspects of the education programme, in which students are enabled to trace the underlying relations related to a problem. Clear analysis eventually leads to better organisation strategies or better economic policies. Through doing analyses you store up knowledge which can be relevant in other circumstances. Superficial knowledge is already old-fashioned tomorrow.
The scientific research in the last VSNU-visitation was generally well judged. Different programmes (Incentives and Efficiency en International Economics) obtained highest possible scores, amongst others quality and productivity. Rotterdams’ analytical approach is being applied to solving quite a few problems.
This website gives an overview of the numerous activities of the Economics department: descriptions of research programmes and publications, education programmes, separate courses that are offered, and references to home pages of individual teachers. Furthermore you can find information about the student association Aeclipse. We would appreciate your suggestions to improve this website!