Stellenbosch participates in World Econometric Championship

Posted by Johan Fourie on 2015-05-04

Stellenbosch University was selected as one of thirty teams to participate in the 2015 World Econometric Championships hosted by the VSAE of the University of Amsterdam from the 31st of March to the 2nd of April. This championship has attracted teams from Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Copenhagen. The participants are challenged to apply the latest econometric techniques on real world problems presented by the case maker and are adjudicated by a jury. This year the case dealt with longevity and longevity risk. On the first round, the teams were required to model the life expectancies and survival probabilities given the circumstance of the ageing population. In the second round, the top ten teams had to consider ways to mitigate risks in longevity. The Stellenbosch University team consisted of Laurie Binge, Nwabisa Makaluza (captain), Dimitar Popov and Lewis McLean (pictured). We congratulate the University of Maastricht on being the World Champions of Econometrics in 2015.

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