Preparing the next generation of policy makers
Is training and formal learning reflected in workers’ wages? Does more health information lead to better health? What are the effects of segregated neighbourhoods? Through the Social Economics track, you will ask questions relating to the cultural and market forces that drive behaviours. You will then analyse these questions both theoretically and empirically in order to generate solutions. The track will provide you with a ‘toolkit’ through which you will be able to carry out empirical analysis. This will consist of three essential elements: economic theory, econometric tools, and ‘policy in practice’.
Your thesis, optional internship and research can also be used to tackle real-life issues.
The department has links to government organisations, the Dutch Bureau of Statistics, the EU, and consulting and lobbying firms in Brussels. It also has connections to large organisations such as ABP, the Dutch pension fund, and it is possible to organise an internship in the summer following your studies. And last but not least, it has links with ROA and UNU-Merit research institutes. All of these resources may be valuable to you both in writing your thesis and in finding a job after you graduate.
Social Economics is a 1-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. Graduates will a master's degree in International Economic Studies with a specialisation in Social Economics.