Utrecht University School of Economics (USE) research falls under the Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute (TKI). The institute was officially established on 1 January 2004 and named after professor Tjalling C. Koopmans, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1975. TKI accommodates around 50 researchers, each belonging to one of USE’s chairs, as well as postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. TKI is in charge of the organization, promotion and quality control of the USE research activities.
In accordance with USE’s mission, TKI’s ambition is to be an internationally recognised academic research institute. Its research has a strong economics basis and is characterized by a focus on multidisciplinary issues. Collaboration with other disciplines is encouraged by focusing research activities on the institutional, historical and spatial aspects of economic issues. Special attention is paid to socially relevant issues.
TKI has concentrated its research in one research programme:
In addition, Utrecht University has defined fifteen focus areas of multidisciplinary research. TKI participates in two of these focus areas.
TKI has a lively research climate, which is illustrated, among other things, by the two weekly seminars - one for internal speakers and one for external speakers – and the TKI Working Papers. TKI regularly welcomes international guest researchers.
In order to educate young talented researchers a research master in Multidisciplinary Economics has been created, of which TKI is in charge.