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Master Economics

Track: Development Economics

The Development Economics track gives you the in-depth knowledge and expertise to help spur growth in developing economies.

Unravel complex interdependencies

During the track you learn how to formulate your balanced and critical views on matters of developmental policy. Also you unravel complex interdependencies on the basis of empirical evidence. In this track the Amsterdam School of Economics joins with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; stimulating different views and discussion.

This track applies a microeconomic approach to the international economy. The International Economics & Globalisation track is its more macro-focused counterpart.

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Track specific courses

  • Policy Evaluation: Development & Public Policy
  • Microeconomics for Development
  • Experimental Economics


  • Globalisation, Growth & Development
  • Human Development
  • Economic Growth

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Real-live case: how to reduce poverty?

Good ideas on how to reduce poverty abound. But do these really address the key problems facing the poor? And is there solid evidence that they have impacted the lives of the poor in the past? In Development Economics we discuss theories and empirical methods that can help to answer such questions.

Development Economics is a fast-moving field: we have learned a lot about what does and what does not work. Your input will help shape the debate.

Up-to-date issues

Examples of current newspaper headlines and relevant issues that could be discussed in your classroom.

  • What is the effect of microfinance on consumption in rural villages?
  • Economic impacts of illness, coping strategies, health insurance and crowding-out effects: evidence from a financial diary survey in Nigeria
  • Community driven development, social capital & inequality: assessing the impact of the Indonesian Urban Poverty Project on Social Capital

Career prospects

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

  • NGO’s
  • (Inter)nationally operating consultancies
  • (Inter)national governments

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