Student Anne Lafarre

Anne Lafarre
  • Name: Anne Lafarre             
  • Date of birth: December 13, 1989     
  • Nationality: Dutch         
  • Program: Msc Economics, Competition and Regulation track

"I have chosen the Competition and Regulation specialization track because I am interested in how regulators determine their policy in order to solve economic problems, such as the lack of competition in certain markets. I think it is a great advantage that, besides the mathematical techniques and economic theories, you also learn something about the legal aspects of competition and policy making, as you may need this in practice as well."

Anne Lafarre's answers to the following questions:


What is your educational background?

My educational background is VWO; after I graduated from high school, I started studying International Economics and Finance (nowadays this program is the Bachelor’s program of Economics) at Tilburg University.

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Why did you choose the Master of Economics at Tilburg University?

I really enjoyed my Bachelor’s program. The quality of education is very high and the teachers are not only experts in their field but are also accessible.

As I wanted to continue studying economics to broaden and deepen my knowledge during my Master’s, the choice for the Master’s program at Tilburg University was very easily made. Moreover, Tilburg University is very internationally oriented.

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Have you chosen a specialization track? And if yes, which one and why?

I have chosen the Competition and Regulation specialization track, but I also took the two courses of the Resources, Development and Growth track. At the moment I am writing my Master’s thesis in the field of Competition and Regulation.

I chose this track because I am interested in how regulators determine their policy in order to solve economic problems, such as the lack of competition in certain markets. The courses are mainly focused on microeconomic problems, but also contain some macroeconomic modeling.

Besides the introductory course of Game Theory and Industrial Organization, which is mainly focused on microeconomic problem solving, all courses are based on applications in the field of European regulation. For example, the seminar on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries focuses on specific economic problems in telecommunications, the gas market and the electricity market.

I think it is a great advantage that, besides the mathematical techniques and economic theories, you also learn something about the legal aspects of competition and policy making, as you may need this in practice as well.

Moreover, it is also interesting to see that the law is not always in step with economic theory and vice versa; you learn about these discrepancies, for example, during the seminar on Competition Policy. 

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What is special about the program?

In my opinion, small-scale education enhances the quality of the program; this makes the lectures very interactive and creates room for interesting and profound discussions.

What I also like about the program is that it is internationally oriented; half of the students is non-Dutch, which makes it even more interesting to discuss European economic policy.

Another positive aspect is that (almost) all courses are elective, which makes it possible to create your own optimal program.  

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What do you think about the Tilburg University campus and facilities?

Everything is easily accessible; you can attend lectures, meet up with fellow students in the library or other study areas, have lunch or dinner at several facilities, and have a drink in an outdoor café during your breaks. Next to the university is a forest, which is also nice to spend some time in.

The campus is not too far away from the city center. This is actually an advantage of studying in Tilburg; everything is nearby, which makes it possible to live in the city center and only 10 minutes away from university by bike. Also, there are several sports facilities at only five minutes from the campus.

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What are your experiences with the program and Tilburg University so far?

My experiences with Tilburg University are just great. I like the atmosphere and the people. When I look back at the past years, I definitely feel that I made the right choice to study at Tilburg University. During these years, I experienced a major development and although I still need to learn a lot in my future career, I feel that I am ready to take the next step.

After taking all the courses for my Master’s, I decided to go China for a few months to do an internship; my thesis supervisor had no problems with this and even encouraged me to do this, which I really appreciated.

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What are your career aspirations?

I have not yet decided what I would like to do next, but I know that I would like to work in the field of economic regulation, for example, at the European Union (the Commission) or at a large international company or consultancy firm.

I like the combination of economic modeling and real-world problems. When I have my degree in economics, I am convinced I will find an interesting job soon.

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