TI PhD alumnus Geert Mesters (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) and fellow Rogier Quaedvlieg (Erasmus University Rotterdam) have been awarded the 2017 Arnold Zellner Thesis Award in Econometrics and Statistics.

Geert Mesters won the prize for his PhD thesis entitled “Essays on Nonlinear Panel Time Series Models”, defended on January 16, 2015 at VU Amsterdam. Supervisors were fellow Siem Jan Koopman (VU Amsterdam) and Catrien Bijleveld (VU Amsterdam). Rogier Quaedvlieg won the prize for his PhD thesis entitled “Risk and Uncertainty”, defended at Maastricht University.

Geert Meesters (l) and Rogier Quaedvlieg

The Zellner thesis award and associated cash prize of $1500 is given annually for the best PhD thesis dealing with an applied problem in Business and Economic Statistics. This year’s award had two co-winners. It is intended to recognize outstanding work by promising young researchers in the field. A portion of the winning thesis is eligible for publication in the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Read more about the Zellner award and view a list of former winners.