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Course content

Preparing the next generation of policy makers
Is training and formal learning reflected in workers’ wages? Does more health information lead to better health? What are the effects of segregated neighbourhoods? Through the Social Economics track, you will ask questions relating to the cultural and market forces that drive behaviours. You will then analyse these questions both theoretically and empirically in order to generate solutions. The track will provide you with a ‘toolkit’ through which you will be able to carry out empirical analysis. This will consist of three essential elements: economic theory, econometric tools, and ‘policy in practice’.

Your thesis, optional internship and research can also be used to tackle real-life issues.

Corporate connections
The department has links to government organisations, the Dutch Bureau of Statistics, the EU, and consulting and lobbying firms in Brussels. It also has connections to large organisations such as ABP, the Dutch pension fund, and it is possible to organise an internship in the summer following your studies. And last but not least, it has links with ROA and UNU-Merit research institutes. All of these resources may be valuable to you both in writing your thesis and in finding a job after you graduate.

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

Programme Information

The Social Economics track looks at a wide range of economic issues in the context of the society in which they exist. These include labour mobility, outsourcing to emerging markets, social cohesion and the aging population amongst many other pertinent questions. You will analyse these from a theoretical and quantitative point of view; you will then produce data that can be used to formulate sound economic policies.

What will you learn?
You will acquire the skills to raise, understand, analyse and answer questions from a theoretical and empirical perspective. Your research skills will also be challenged, as you will be required to review literature on social economic topics.

At the end of the track, you will be able to:

• analyse policy questions of a social and economic nature
• provide advice on social policy issues
• apply economic reasoning to social issues

Career Prospects

Social economists are ideally suited to roles as policy makers and researchers. Your ability to provide good advice on social issues will make you a valuable employee in a government institution, international organisation, consultancy or policy research department in business.

Graduates have found positions in:

- consultancy firms
- international organisations
- government organisations, such as health and education departments
- research institutes





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