Academic Terminonology and a New Professor...

Academic Terminonology and a New Professor…

Theo Nijman is chaired professor in the Econometrics of  Financial Markets, as well as Pension Provision and Risk Management. He is also Scientific Director of…

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Being International

Being International

One of the things I like about working at Tilburg University is the international atmosphere. It is a joy to work with people from many…

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Farmer Wants a Wife

Farmer Wants a Wife

Since 2004 we have our own version of the format called ‘Boer zoekt vrouw’ in the Netherlands. The idea is simple. Farmers that are single…

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Selling Mathematics

Selling Mathematics

When Rian was not yet my wife but just my girlfriend, she decided at some point it was a good moment to show interest in…

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The Vasicek Story

The Vasicek Story

In a manifest attempt to spice up my teaching in the Financial Models class, I sometimes tell a story about the Vasicek model, which is…

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Good for Nothing

Good for Nothing

When I was still a student our neighbor once asked me for help. ‘René, gij studeert toch wiskunde op de universiteit ofzo?’ ‘Ja, dè klopt’,…

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How Did Vega Become a Greek?

How Did Vega Become a Greek?

The word “fiets” ranks high among the words in Dutch that are most likely to be known by students from abroad. (It means “bicycle”, just…

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Spring in September

Spring in September

In life there are some requests that you cannot refuse. This is what came to my mind when the editors of Nekst asked me whether…

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Understanding Institutions

Understanding Institutions

When you are a scientist, it is very satisfactory to note that frequent references are still made in current research to a paper that you…

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The Optimization Edge

The Optimization Edge

In my previous column I described the important developments of Business Analytics. As described in that column, in general four different levels of degree of…

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