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Why should you choose Public Economics?
Are you curious about how we should deal with issues like climate change, international terrorism, decision-making in democracies, migration, an ageing population, social and health insurance? Do you wonder whether the market can always regulate itself, or whether policy is sometimes required to step in? Don't you dare to ask questions that don’t have straightforward answers? The Public Economics track offers you the possibility to do just that.

Study with the experts
Public Economics examines decisions in the public sector – from individual to social behaviour, from government decisions to policy changes – and its effect on the private sphere, individuals, the community, and markets. In this track you study, using a unique three-pronged learning approach: it works through a combination of formal theoretical reasoning, behavioural and experimental examinations, and empirical policy evaluation. In other words, the track provides you with applicable scientific knowledge to tackle important real-world problems. Your lecturers are active researchers and experts publishing their work in international journals, which means you’re learning ‘first-hand’ in an exciting, evolving field.

What are your career prospects?
Graduates have found positions as, for example:
- Trainee at the Ministry of Finance (the Netherlands)
- Analyst at Frontier Economics (UK)
- Accountant at Bundesbank (Germany)
- Intern at Meines Holla & Partners (the Netherlands)
- Sales Development Specialist at LinkedIn (the Netherlands)

Public Economics is a 1-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. Graduates will obtain a master's degree in Economic Studies with a specialization in Public Economics.

Programme Information

Public Economics looks at the effect of public-sector activities and policies on the private sector, including companies and consumers. It questions how taxes should be used, why politicians and civil servants behave the way they do, and how government decisions affect the economy and society.

What will you learn?
You will learn skills in analysis, observation, questioning, evaluation and decision making, all of which are extremely transferable to a wide range of jobs. You will also have the opportunity to learn first-hand from people who are actively involved in research in this cutting-edge field.

At the end of the track, you will be able to:
- ask the right questions in order to solve problems that can’t be solved by the market
- recognise how the political process has consequences both for the economy and for the community
- analyse this process from the point of view of public interest and suggest means of improving it
- recognise the irrationality of consumer behaviour and analyse how to overcome this through government intervention
- evaluate the government’s failures in policy making and learn from this to make better decisions in the future





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