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The Economics of Public Policy Program will prepare you for analytical positions at public institutions, international organizations, consulting firms, research institutions, and think tanks.

Program description

The Economics of Public Policy Program provides students with the theoretical and empirical fundamentals to answer questions that impact entire populations.

How and why do particular public policies get implemented? How are they designed? How do we know if they work? Why are some policies more successful than others?

National-level finance and planning involves big numbers: pensions, health systems, income support, social programs, and so forth. Successful public policies can make all the difference for the lives of millions of individuals, with numbers and effects become much larger for developed countries and faster growing in developing ones.

Students will be drilled in commanding advanced empirical public policy evaluation tools, and will be ready to use these tools in practice.

Students will be exposed to the views of experts from fields other than Economics in order to build an appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of public policy design and evaluation. A master's advisor will guide each student in completing an independent master's project by the end of the program, allowing specialization in a policy topic of the student's choice.

Our graduates will be prepared to take on analytical positions at public institutions, international organizations, consulting firms, research institutions, and think tanks.

Graduates will also be well-prepared to pursue advanced post-graduate study of Policy or Economics.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by the Master Director.

Who hires EPP Graduates?

  • Research and Academic Institutions
  • Consulting Firms
  • International Organizations and Non-profits
  • Government and Authorities
  • Financial Services

Examples of recent professional placements:

  • Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) - Research Assistant (Maastricht, Netherlands)
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative - Regional Associate (Washington, DC, USA)
  • Ernst & Young (EY) - Senior Consultant (Dublin, Ireland)
  • HM Treasury - Senior Policy Advisor, Head of Agriculture (London, UK)
  • Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) - Research Associate (Manila, Philippines)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Policy Unit Trainee (Paris, France)
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI) - ODI Fellowship (Zanzibar)
  • PIMCO - Account Analyst (London, UK)
  • Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab, Brown University - Economic Analyst (Providence, RI, USA)
  • US Department of Research - Economist (Washington, DC, USA)

Examples of recent PhD placements:

  • Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI)
  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Minnesota

Visit the Economics of Public Policy page on the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics website for more details!






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