Monday, March 23, 2015

The World Championship of Econometrics!

Nikki Wesselius, a member of the Organizing Committee for the Econometric Game, 2015, has asked me to provide readers with information about this year's event. I'm delighted to do so,

The Econometric Game (AKA "The World Championship of Econometrics") is an exciting annual competition for econometrics students that I've had posts about in the past. (see here, here, here, and here.)

The 2015 EG begins in just a week from now, and here is the program:

Tuesday, March 31st 2015
09:00 - 09:30 Registration at ‘De Brug’ (The Bridge) at the REC University of Amsterdam
09:30 - 11:45 Opening at REC C1.04 the UvA
09:30 - 09:45 Wibrand de Reij (chairman EG committee)
09:45 - 10:00 Han van Dissel (dean UvA Faculty of Economics and Business)
10:00 - 10:25 EY J.P. Balkenende (former minister-president of the Netherlands)
10:25 - 10:40 Coffee and tea break
10:40 - 11:05 ORTEC Gerrit Timmer
11:05 - 11:45 Introduction to the case by the Casemakers
11:45 - 12:30 Lunch at CREA at the REC University of Amsterdam
13:00 - 18:00 Working on the Case at the Zuiderkerk
13:00 - 13:45 Introduction to the Case
18:30 - 21:00 Dinner at Chicanos

Wednesday, April 1st 2015
09:00 - 18:30 Working on the Case at the Zuiderkerk
09:00 - 09:15 Speech of the casemaker at the Zuiderkerk
12:00 - 13:00 Working lunch
19:00 - 21:30 Dinner at Brasserie Harkema
21:30 - 03:00 Drinks at Heeren van de Amstel (?)
21:30 - 22:00 Speech of Luke Disney
22:00 - 22:15 Announcement of the finalists

Thursday, April 2nd 2015
Finalists
08:30 - 17:00 Working on the Case at the Zuiderkerk
8:30 - 08:45 Speech of the casemaker at the Zuiderkerk
11:30 - 12:30 Working lunch
Non-finalists
11:00 - 14:00 Typical Dutch day
All Teams
18:00 - 19:00 Presentations of the finalists at de Bazel
19:00 - 21:30 Dinner at Calf & Bloom
21:30 - 03:00 Award ceremony and closing party at Calf & Bloom

I'll be posting daily while the Game is in progress, providing up-to-date information about what is happening for those of you who won't be in attendance.

I'm told that the team from the University of Copenhagen is quietly confident of pulling it off again this year, but we'll have to wait and see. Good luck to all of the participants.

Don't touch that dial!


© 2015, David E. Giles

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