'I love that the programme pays attention to both human psychology and behavior, as well as to its implications for policymaking. These two themes come back in almost every course. By the end, I feel like I have gained a lot of knowledge in both.
I also love that we got a lot of practical experience in using behavioral insights. We had two real-life consultancy challenges: one with the Municipality of Nijmegen, and one with an SME that brings sustainability innovations to the market.
The programme challenged me to learn a lot of new information about human behavior, experimental methods, and the challenges of policymaking. At first glance, the courses do not seem so connected to one another. But by the end, they all helped me get a well rounded perspective on economic behavior and policy.
I enjoyed the atmosphere very much because most students who select this track are interested in it, and most lecturers who teach in it are passionate about their subject. I had a social and pleasant experience and I feel I got to know my track mates.
It is an intensive programme. If you want to do well, you need to be organized and determined from the start. Each course is demanding in different ways, and deadlines can be overlapping each week, especially during the first semester. So it is important to keep track of things.
During the beginning of my master's, I worked at a local financial consulting firm. At the moment, I work as a student assistant in the Economics department.
My thesis is about how we measure well-being in society. In recent decades, many voices within and outside Economics have argued that GDP is an incomplete measure to represent well-being because it only focuses on the production of goods and services. My thesis focuses on alternative indicators that go beyond GDP. These indicators are also capable of measuring other important factors for people's well-being, such as income inequality or environmental degradation. How we use these statistics is directly relevant to policymaking.
I feel that this degree gives you the space to really develop yourself the way you want to. The curriculum is not as restricted as other master's tracks. I shaped my degree to focus more around development and sustainability areas through my assignments and projects. But I could have also focused on other areas, such as health economics - there were even possibilities to do an internship at Radboud UMC. If you are looking for an economics master's that is flexible and where you can get a well-rounded perspective on behavior and policy, this is a good match.
My plans for after my degree are open, and I am considering many different areas. For example, I am considering doing a PhD in Economics, working at a research institute, a public consultancy, or going into the field of sustainable investment. From guest lectures I have met a variety of people from these different areas and I am looking forward to discovering what will suit me best.'