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Master's specialisationEconomics, Behaviour and Policy

How to make smarter, more effective economic policy? Looking at psychology and sociology in economic theory and policy design will bridge the gap between theory and practice.

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Something for you?

  • Learn to make smarter, more effective policy, based on behavioural economics, sociology, public choice and psychology.
  • Work on current economic policy issues.
  • Instead of focusing on a single domain, you study a broad spectrum of policy issues.
  • Interact with your professors in small seminar groups.
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

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I like the cooperative nature that most of the courses have, almost all of them had a socially engaging aspect to them including discussions, group assignments, and presentations.
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What will you learn

You will face complex tasks when designing a policy that is effective, and also when assessing its impact. How do you define and measure welfare? And how do you design more effective policies? This specialisation starts with mainstream economic theory, and incorporates a variety of perspectives from psychology, sociology, public choice, political economy, culture, and philosophy. By introducing behavioural insights into complex policy questions, this Master's specialisation prepares you to understand and design successful policies in your future career as a policy maker, manager, analyst or consultant, in public or private organisations.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

With their knowledge on the latest economic theories and methods and a critical attitude, alumni are well prepared for jobs such as:

  • Policy-maker for the government
  • Consultancy industry
  • NGOs and think tanks

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research topics in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • How trust is effected in cross-cultural interactions
  • How you could nudge consumers to reduce food waste
  • If current policy can be changed to bring about greater innovation and competitiveness
  • If policymakers might act differently when elections are coming up

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.