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MSc Economics - Specialization Public Policy

Course Description

'Public Policy' (formerly: Socio-Economic Policy) is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics. The track focuses on how governments can achieve their domestic policy objectives, design effective policies, and finance their activities.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016).

Important domestic public policy objectives range from reduced income inequality and job security, to an affordable health care and pension system. Effective public policy requires the balancing of public services provision and individual incentives to makes use of these services. In this track you study how public policies and tax schemes can be designed to create the right incentives and nudges and make societal goals within reach.

Career perspectives

This track is advised to you if you wish to pursue a career as policy advisor in national governments (Ministry of Social Affairs, or other Ministries) or in international organizations such as the EU, as a researcher in applied research institutes (e.g., Netherlands Bureau of Economic Research (CPB)), or as a consultant with nationally or internationally oriented consultancy firms.

Examples of functions of recent graduates of this track:
•Data-Analyst at the Municipality of Amsterdam
•Statistical Researcher labor and mobility at Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek
•Policy advisor Decentralisations at the Municipality of Culemborg
•Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Finance
•Doctoral Student at the University of Oxford
•Junior Pensions Specialist at Syntrus Achmea
•Economic Adviser at VÖB Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands
•Policy Advisor at Ministry of Economic Affairs
•Consumer Finance Associate at De Lage Landen
•Policy Advisor at Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
•Statistical Analyst at De Nederlandsche Bank
•Market Mitigation and Analysis at NYISO

Visit the MSc Economics - Specialization Public Policy page on the Tilburg University website for more details!

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Partner scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) maintains and fosters mutually beneficial partnerships with leading institutions around the world. The TiSEM Partner Scholarship creates opportunities for talented students from our partner universities who would like to study at TiSEM for their Master’s degree.https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/education/masters-programmes/tuition-fees-scholarships/tisem-partner-scholarships.htm

Value of Scholarship(s)

For 2017/2018 the scholarship has a value of € 3.500


Students with a non-EU/EEA nationality who completed a relevant Bachelor’s degree at one of TiSEM’s non-EU partner institutions as listed on our website and who wish to enroll in one of the 1-year Master’s programs at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management for the academic year 2017/2018. https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/education/masters-programmes/tuition-fees-scholarships/tisem-partner-scholarships.htm

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Economics/similar program (e.g., in Econometrics) from a university recognized by the program management. A solid academic background in economics, especially: Macroeconomics (minimum 12 ECTS), Microeconomics (minimum 12 ECTS), Game Theory (minimum 6 ECTS), Mathematics (minimum 12 ECTS), Econometrics / Statistics (minimum 12 ECTS) and at least 2 applied Economics courses (in total minimum 12 ECTS). View Website

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