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Specialisation in Economics, Behaviour and Policy

In the Master’s specialisation Economics, Behaviour and Policy, you gain an in-depth understanding of

  • the interaction between economics, behaviour and policy;
  • the various theoretical perspectives from which this interaction may be understood;
  • the policy relevance of the theoretical insights provided by economists;
  • a wide variety of applied aspects such as pensions, fair trade and waste collection;
  • quantitative and qualitative research methods used in the field;
  • the subfield of your choice, such as culture, inequality, globalisation and politics.

Lectures are devoted to detailed discussions of a wide range of real-world scenarios. The main goal is to unravel the diversity – and complexity – of economic issues and, thus, to clarify the role of economics in society. For example, at the micro-level, you might look at policies for reducing traffic jams or encouraging citizens to opt for more sustainable ways of living. At the meso-level, you might examine policies intended to determine which companies should be supported – those that are struggling or those that are successful – and how companies can be encouraged to innovate. At the macro-level, you might try to determine whether government policies should respond to financial crises through austerity or investment. 
The new course Societal Challenges in Economics integrates state-of-the-art discussions on sustainable development and the question of how economists consider climate change and asks how digital transformation affects markets and businesses.

Master's Thesis

Your Master’s Thesis consists of an individual research project in which you investigate a topic of your choice in the field of Economics, Behaviour and Policy under the supervision of our expert staff. Here you can find the topics of our research. You can also opt to conduct your research in collaboration with a national or international organisation or company.

Elective courses
By choosing electives appropriately, you can tailor the programme to your specific interests. Elective courses include Culture and Institutions and Inequality & Development.