Christiaan Huygens Science Award for Didier Nibbering’s doctoral research

Alumnus Didier Nibbering has received the Christiaan Huygens Science Award for his doctoral research. On 11 October 2021, a bronze statue and a cash prize of 10,000 euros, was presented to him by the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven in Huygens' Hofwijck in Voorburg, once the home of Christiaan Huygens.

Didier Nibbering obtained his PhD from Erasmus School of Economics in 2018. ‘Didier's dissertation, The Gains from Dimensionality, is highly developed in terms of quality and content. It is well written, distinctive because of the clear theorisation and impressive in the original way of thinking,’ says Chair of the jury Professor Philip Hans Franses.

Distinctive and impressive

The independence of Didier Nibbering's research and his courage to chart his own course are highly appreciated by the jury. All chapters have also been published successfully and at a high level. The dissertation is very topical and contains a great diversity of subjects that are high on the agenda in econometrics. In addition, Didier Nibbering shows relevant and interesting applications of the theory. Distinctive and impressive is that he not only looks at the data over time, but also analyses observations as cross section.

Didier Nibbering (1991), obtained his PhD in July 2018 at Erasmus School of Economics with the thesis 'The Gains from Dimensionality'. Supervisors were Professor Richard Paap and Professor Michel van der Wel. Currently Didier Nibbering is an assistant professor in the Department of Econometrics & Business Statistics at Monash University, Australia. Prior to his PhD research, he studied Econometrics and Management Science at Erasmus School of Economics.

The Christiaan Huygens Science Award

The Christiaan Huygens Science Award is presented annually to a researcher whose doctoral research has made an important and socially relevant contribution to science. The award represents one of the five different research disciplines that owe their development to the work of Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695): actuarial studies and econometrics, theoretical and applied physics, space studies, information and communication technology, and economics. The 2021 award focused on actuarial studies and econometrics.

More information

For more information, please contact Ronald de Groot, Media & Public Relations Officer at Erasmus School of Economics: and +31 6 53 641 846.

View the announcement of the winner of the Christiaan Huygens Science Award 2021 here (from 53:45 min).

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