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Team VU 3rd in Econometric Game 2023

25 April 2023
The team of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam won the third place in the Econometric Game 2023, which was held from 19 to 21 April. No less than thirty econometric teams from thirty different universities competed in this annual event, hosted by the University of Amsterdam.

Our outstanding team comprised of two PhD students from the EDS department, Gabriele Mingoli and Barend Spanjers, and two students from the Econometrics track of the Master EOR, Marcello de Wit and Benjamin Weggelaar. They demonstrated exceptional skills and hard work. Congratulations to our VU team for their impressive achievement!

The teams were given a case study, which they had to resolve in two days. This year the teams tackled a case that required them to devise a predictive algorithm for estimating malnutrition levels in Africa's Sahel region. The ten teams with the best solutions continued to day three. For the final round, the challenge was to create a predictive model addressing food security in Chad.

The Games were followed by the Econometric Game Congress in which different interesting lecturers talked about the case and the econometric methods necessary for solving the case. The solutions were reviewed by a jury of qualified and independent professors who announced the winner of the Game.

Learn more about the Econometrics Game.