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Track: Public Policy

In the Public Policy track in Economics you learn how to apply the latest economic theory and research methods to help governments intervene in the economy.

Help governments intervene in economy

The world’s economic system has been volatile in recent years. From the challenge of the financial crisis to income inequality, the pressures of immigration, changing technologies and geographic shifts in production, to name a few. Governments are struggling with the impact these developments have on their economy.

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Track specific courses

  • Policy Evaluation: Development & Public Policy
  • Public Economics
  • Public Finance & Fiscal Policy

Electives

  • Financial institutions & banking
  • Empirical Market Economics
  • Human Development
  • Economic Growth

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Real-live case: learn about current debates

Anecdotal evidence suggests that not all policy interventions have been successful. Some have even failed. How does economic theory provide governments information for intervention? How can a policy adviser identify which policies actually work on the basis of empirical data? Learn all about the current debates and formulate your own positions, based on literature as well as field research.

Italy promised the EU to lower its public deficit to 0.5%, but failed to meet this term at first. What measures did the EU take to force Italy to alter its budget plan?

Relevant issues

Examples of current newspaper headlines and up-to-date issues that could be discussed in your classroom.

  • How forward looking are households? The 2015 discontinuation of the social security supplement
  • What is the price elasticity of cigarette demand? The French 2018-2020 gradual increase in the taxation of tobacco products
  • How accurately can CITO score and a teacher’s assessment place a child in the correct learning path?

Career prospects

Graduates of the Master's programme in Economics/Public Policy track have excellent job prospects for positions as researchers and experts at:

  • National ministries and governmental agencies (ministries of finance and economic affairs, economic forecasting agencies, statistical agencies)
  • Bureaus for policy analysis

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