Department of Economics
Economics in Tilburg has a long tradition. In fact, the discipline can be identified with Tilburg University since its establishment in 1927. The current department developed from a number of mergers in the late 1980s, followed by several restructurings to transform TiSEM into an internationally oriented and acknowledged institution over the last two decades. Currently, our group has achieved a strong reputation both in research and in education. Its staff includes 26 full professors (5 of them part-time), 12 associate and assistant professors, 13 tenure track and post-docs positions and 24 PhD candidates. Support is given by a management assistant and four part-time secretaries.
The ambitions of the department in conducting research are high. Criteria to get tenure are very competitive at this point. Achievements include a continuous flow of top and very good publications, as well as scientific citations, in a variety of fields. People are mobilized in the macro/micro research group of CentER, but often they also participate in other groups, e.g. the finance group. Moreover, department members successfully collaborate in research centers like Tilec, Netspar, Tiber, TSC and EBC. The seminar culture in the department is rich and the number of grants and research subsidies (NWO, EU) is significant. Contract research is scarce but growing.
Education is well developed and broad. The department owns (and manages) three educational degrees: the the BSc Economics (specialized and selective), the BSc Economie & Bedrijfseconomie (broad) and the MSc Economics (incorporating four specialized tracks). The department also participates in other degrees of the School: macro and micro courses for students in the business programs, basic and topic courses in the Research Master, advanced courses in several other MSc programs of TiSEM. Moreover, the department also teaches in educational programs of other Schools, such as Law, Liberal Arts, Honors and Outreaching.
Links with Society
The department is connected with society in various ways. Several members are actively involved in policy institutions and advisory councils. These members frequently take part in the public debate and publish opinions in newspapers and social media including Econtrack and Me Judice. The department facilitates the UvT Sociëteit in The Hague and is linked with the corporate sector through five externally financed chairs. On a global scale, various members take part in research projects of international organizations, such as the ECB, EU, Worldbank, IMF, OECD and EBRD.
From its long record and performance it is not difficult to derive a broad characterization of the department. The department of economics is a group of ambitious people, dedicated to the economic discipline, eager to do fundamental and applied research, enthusiastic to teach and work with the students, willing to interact and collaborate with fellow members. The common goal is to achieve excellence and relevance, both individually and together. The open and flexible organization of the department is an important condition to realize this mission and to guarantee the attractiveness of our jobs.