School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) combines high-quality education with excellent research. Our research groups cover all areas of business, economics, and econometrics and enjoy an outstanding international reputation. We publish our research in all the top international journals of our fields.


SBE’s mission is to do Science with Purpose. Besides collaborating with national and international academic communities, we also foster many joint research initiatives with partnering companies, non-profits, and government institutions. We are eager to learn about new challenges and new collaborations to investigate how scientific insight can be used to improve the world around us. 

PhD Programme

Annually, approximately 20 PhD candidates enroll in the PhD programmes of the School of Business and Economimcs. Most of the PhD candidates, internally or externally paid, are employed by the school. Only the part time and scholarship PhD candidates are not employed. All our PhD candidates are affiliated to our excellent graduate schools: the Tinbergen Institute for our economic PhD candidates, and the Amsterdam Business Research Institute for our business PhD candidates.

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Fellowships & Grants

Research Support: The SBE Research Office

The SBE Research Office is your first contact for questions on research-related activities of the School of Business and Economics.

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Recent Highlights

Policy design for the anthropocene
Onderzoek Carolyn FischerEnvironmental economist Carolyn Fischer et al. had their article on Policy design for the Anthropocene published in Nature Sustainability, a special edition of Nature.

Need for speed? Exchange latency and liquidity change.
Resaerch SBE VUFlash boys want flash markets. Exchanges invest to make their matching engines clock at ever higher speeds. In this study Albert Menkveld proposes a model of trading with speed at the heart of it. Read more >>

Treat outliers for risk models with due care!
Research SBE VURisk managers, pension funds, asset managers and banks nowadays use advanced models to assess the risk of investment portfolios. An important issue, however, is how to deal with so-called outliers in high-frequency data. In this study, a new technique was developed to deal with anomalous observations in high-frequency data. Read more >>

Temporal myopia in sustainable behavior under uncertainty.
Resaerch SBE VUIn recent years our world is confronted with a number of societal problems, among which are problems related to sustainability and problems related to an increase in levels of felt uncertainty. This research shows that uncertainty due to world’s unpredictability leads to lower sustainable behavior in comparison to certainty. Read more >>

The career as a ‘makeable’ phenomenon… but what about career shocks?
Resaerch SBE VUResearch on career development has recently emphasized the ‘makeability’ of careers. While this approach to career development has a lot of merits, it also overemphasizes the role of individual control over one’s career. Therefore, we argue that career shocks should be considered much more explicitly in research and practice on contemporary careers. Read more >>

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