MASTER education


Netspar and Tilburg University offer a Pensions, Aging, and Retirement (Netspar) track as part of four master’s programs:

  • Master in Finance;
  • Master in Economics;
  • Master in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (EME); and
  • Master in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science (QFAS).

A track consists of two courses specifically designed for each master’s program and one general course. This year we started recording the lectures for the general course, The Economics and Finance of Pensions, allowing us to offer it twice a year. Along with these courses, Netspar offers graduate students a community program consisting of various events and activities, such as the International Pension Workshop, interactive lectures from experts in the pensions and retirement field, company visits, and internships. Participation in certain activities is required for the Netspar certificate.

Of the students from 2018[1], 4 students graduated with a Netspar certificate on the publication date of this annual report. 41 students have joined the Netspar community and 9 of them officially followed the program.[2]

Course Lecturer(s) Track
The Economics and Finance of Pensions Roel Mehlkopf (TiU), Theo Nijman (TiU), Casper van Ewijk (TiU), Johan Bonekamp (TiU) All tracks
Fixed Income Analyses


Frank de Jong (TiU), Kristy. Jansen (TiU)


Financial Analysis and Investor Behavior Lieven Baele (TiU), Jens Kværner (TiU) Finance
Seminar Generational Economics Lex Meijdam (TiU), Eduard Ponds (TiU) Economics
Seminar Economics and Psychology of Risk and Time Gijs van de Kuilen (TiU),  David Schindler (TiU) Economics
Life Cycle Investment and Pension Systems Theo Nijman (TiU)

Servaas van Bilsen (TiU)

Asset Liability Management Nikolaus Schweizer (TiU) , Bas Werker (TiU)

Theo Nijman (TiU)

Panel Data Analysis of Microeconomic Decisions Bettina Siflinger (TiU), Arthur van Soest (TiU)


Time Series and their Applicatons Mario Rothfelder (TiU)

Feico Drost (TiU)

[1] The Netspar annual report looks back on the entire academic year 2017-2018. That means student intake per September 2017 and February 2018.
[2] E42 people registered for the BB community from the intake in the 2017-2018 academic year, 9 of whom officially followed the Track. One of them has since graduated with a certificate. In the 2018 calendar year, 8 students received a certificate, they are all students with a different start date.

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