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Master Economics

Track: Markets & Regulation

In the Markets & Regulation track you develop a solid understanding of the current issues of market regulation and competition policy.

Learn how competitive markets work

In this track you learn how competitive markets work. But also under what conditions they can work, and when they may need protection. Economics is applied to controlling big business through government intervention.

It is a fascinating subject, as technological developments and new business strategies continue to pose challenges to the design and implementation of market oversight.

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Anna den Boer, MSc Economics/Markets & Regulation at Amsterdam Business School, UvA.

'I use the economic theory from my studies in practice'

Alumna Anna den Boer: 'I have been working as a competition economist at Oxera, an economics consultancy, for three years now. I really like the fact that I use the economic theory from my studies in practice.' Read Anna's full review

Track specific courses

During this track you develop a thorough understanding of modern oligopoly theory. Also you become knowledgeable in the current issues of market regulation and competition policy.

  • Advanced Industrial Organisation
  • Regulation
  • Empirical Market Economics
  • Competition Policy
  • Applied Industrial Organisation

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Real-life case: how to keep large firms from abusing their dominant position? 

Examine how large firms can be kept from abusing their dominant position with anti-competition practices. For example through exclusionary pricing. And learn how to use economic methods and models to identify regulations that ensure fair competition while mitigating negative economic effects.

Margrethe Vestager, the current European Commissioner for Competition. She fined Google $5 billion over Android antitrust abuse.

Up-to-date issues

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

  • Competition increases Credit Ratings: Empirical evidence from structured finance in the U.S. shows how ratings given by credit rating agencies are higher when they compete
  • A Compensating Variation Approach to Consumer Cartel Damages
  • Competition in Malaysian Islamic Banking – how to compete when you cannot charge interest rates?

Career prospects

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

  • Competition authorities
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Ministries of Economic Affairs
  • Large consultancy firms
  • Specialised economic consultancies on competition and regulation
  • International organisations such as EU and OECD
  • Economic departments of large firms.

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