Jan Bouckaert on the Nobel Memorial Prize laureates in Economics - 2020

Guido Erreygers elected as member of the Executive Committee of ESHET


Guido Erreygers has been elected as member of the new Executive Committee of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET).



University of Antwerp selected for Econometric Game 2018

The University of Antwerp has been chosen as a participant in the Econometric Game 2018.

Every year, the University of Amsterdam is hosting the Econometric Game, one of the most prestigious projects organized by the study association for Actuarial Science, Econometrics & Operational Research (VSAE) of the University of Amsterdam. The participating universities are expected to send delegations of four students majoring in econometrics or relevant studies with a maximum of two PhD students. The teams will be given a case study, which they will have to resolve in two days. After these two days the ten teams with the best solutions will continue to day three. On the third day the finalists have to solve a second case while the other teams can go sightseeing in Amsterdam. After the teams have explored the city, the Econometric Game Congress takes place. There are different interesting lecturers, who will speech about the case and the econometric methods necessary for solving the case. The solutions will be reviewed by a jury of qualified and independent professors and they will announce the winner of the Game. 


Raf Van Gestel wins iHEA Student Prize

The 2017 iHEA Student Prize is being awarded to the joint student paper by Raf Van Gestel (University of Antwerp) and Tobias Müller (University of Lucerne) “Does My High Blood Pressure Improve Your Survival? Overall and Subgroup Learning Curves in Health”. The paper looks at learning curves in health, distinguishing between three types of learning when identifying overall learning curves: economies of scale, learning from cumulative experience and human capital depreciation. They emphasize the role of subgroup-specific learning  and find that different types of learning are important for different outcomes.

The iHEA Student Prize is to recognize excellence by students in the field of health economics. It was first awarded in 1999 and biennially thereafter to coincide with the iHEA congress. The Student Paper Prize Committee considers a short list of submitted papers evaluated by all of the committee members using similar criteria to that of the long established Arrow Award.  This year, fifty-six papers were received, and refereed by the Prize Committee.


Women CEOs in social enterprises earn 29% less than their male counterparts

Gender differences in pay are ubiquitous at all organisational levels including at the top. Entrepreneurship is hailed as one way for women to circumvent organizational norms and discrimination, because as CEOs of their own organizations, entrepreneurs largely determine their own pay. Moreover, social entrepreneurship may be a particularly gender-blind occupational choice; evidence indicates that women are more likely to start a social enterprise This opens the question of whether at the top of social enterprises we may see little or no gender pay gap.

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It pays to care! GLO Fellows Stijn Baert & Sunčica Vujić find Volunteering Premium in causal analysis

It pays to care! GLO Fellows Stijn Baert & Sunčica Vujić find Volunteering Premium in causal analysis
Posted on May 26, 2018
Caring seems to be at odds with the simple model of economic agents as understood by the wider societal audience. However, care taking is a more and more popular field in economic analysis. A recent study in the Journal of Population Economics, the leading academic outlet in the field of population economics, is now establishing a volunteering premium. This implies that not only people care, it also pays to care.

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