Associate Professor, Tobias Klein

Tobias Klein

Position and field of expertise: Associate Professor, Economics and Applied Econometrics

"Good empirical skills become more and more important, and people who have them are scarce. Therefore, graduates of the program have excellent prospects of finding a challenging and interesting job, in the Netherlands or somewhere else."

Associate Professor Tobias Klein about the program:


Why does this field of expertise interest you?

Economics is important because it is ubiquitous. Think of how markets are regulated or social security systems are re-designed, or how firms make pricing and investment decisions. A strong background in empirical methods is necessary to analyze the growing amount of data. This is what one learns at Tilburg University. Developing new methods and applying them is what we teachers like to do and what I find fascinating. For us, teaching those methods to our students is equally important.


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What is interesting or unique about the program?

The Master’s program of Econometrics and Mathematical Economics is one of the few programs in which students learn about a wide variety of different methods in fields such as finance and labor economics. Professors are doing research on the same topic, which allows them to talk about the most recent developments, as well as the fundamentals.


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Which courses do you teach and what do they entail?

I am involved in two courses, Microeconometrics and Panel Data Analysis of Microeconomic Decisions. These courses complement one another. The methods that students learn in those courses are useful for working with individual or firm-level data. They are widely applied, for example in banks, firms, government institutions such as ministries or financial markets authorities, or other organizations such as the World Bank or the OECD.


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What are the future prospects for students?

Good empirical skills become more and more important, and people who have them are scarce. Therefore, graduates of the program have excellent prospects of finding a challenging and interesting job, in the Netherlands or somewhere else


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Why should a student choose Tilburg University and this program?

Tilburg University offers its students excellent education. Living in Tilburg is pleasant and gives our students real “student flair”, with a green campus not too far from the city center, and pleasant things to do after work.


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