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Development Economics (MSc Economics)

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This Master’s centers on the drivers and consequences of poverty in developing countries, with a primary focus on evaluating policies and programmes designed to address these issues. Through our discussions, we aim to develop a thorough understanding of the approaches to generate and review the empirical evidence regarding the effectiveness of such policies and programmes. It's important to note that while our primary emphasis is on developing countries, many of these challenges are not unique to this context, and we will draw on evidence from developed countries where appropriate.

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Master's Week: 18-24 Nov
Master's Week: 12 -16 Feb
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Why study Development Economics
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Discover our 6 specialisation tracks, many electives and challenging Honours programme.
Excellent career perspectives
Economists with a UvA degree earn the highest monthly salary in NL (2018, SEO Amsterdam Economics research).
Top-ranked University
The Amsterdam School of Economics is internationally ranked within the top-50 putting your Master’s degree on a worldwide map with interested employers.
Challenging 1 year programme
You can obtain your Master’s degree in just one year. You will have to work harder and smarter.

Is Development Economics for you?

  1. You want to learn more about what economics has to offer to improve living standards in developing countries.
  2. You want to learn more about topics such as poverty, education, health, impact evaluation, access to financial markets, risk coping strategies, gender.
  3. You are interested in letting the data speak and doing empirical analysis myself.
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Degree programme
MSc Economics
60 ECTS, 12 months
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