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Economics of Public Policy

Course Description

Master program description

In 2009, OECD countries used more than 20% of their national incomes for public social spending (pensions, health system, income support and other social programs). Another 5% was spent on public education. These numbers are much larger in some developed countries and fast growing in many developing ones. These are big numbers, and successful public policies can make a difference for the lives of millions.

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? The Master Program in Economics of Public Policy provides students with theoretical and empirical tools to answer these questions. Our graduates will be prepared to work in leading international organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, consulting companies, research institutions or to pursue a further academic career.
Master degree

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

The Master program is a full-time nine-month program structured in three terms: Fall term (from September to December), Winter term (from January to March) and Spring term (from April to June). For more information, please download the academic calendar.

Students are strongly advised to take the Math and Statistics review course offered in September.

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).

The academic performance of each student is reviewed regularly. Attention is given to the maintenance of normal academic progress, through a combination of formal written examinations and coursework. All courses will award grades.

The Economics of Public Policy Program is located on two campuses. Master courses in the fall and spring terms are taught at the Ciutadella campus of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (UPF) and the Bellaterra Campus of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). All courses in the winter term are held at the Bellaterra (UAB) campus location.

Both campus locations are connected to Barcelona's city center through public transportation (35 minutes from UAB station in Bellaterra Campus to the heart of the city at Plaza Catalunya, 12 minutes from Ciutadella campus to Plaza Catalunya). Students can take advantage of a wide array of services and activities offered by both the UPF and the UAB.

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

Student Profiles

Barcelona GSE Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Financial aid at the Barcelona GSE can consist of:- Full or partial tuition waivers
- Scholarships
- Teaching Assistantships (TA)A small number of teaching assistantships are available only to students in the Economics and Finance programs. These positions are competitive and available to a limited number of top students. TA's are responsible for 30 or 60 contact hours of teaching (to be distributed any way throughout the year) plus other duties.

Value of Scholarship(s)



In an effort to attract outstanding students, the Barcelona GSE offers several types of financial aid. Financial aid is awarded based solely on academic merit. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid are advised to apply as early as possible.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application process for scholarships. When you submit a complete master program application, you will be automatically considered for all available financial awards.Further information: Please contact the Barcelona GSE Admissions Office at [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Academic preparation, English language requirement, quantitative skills (GRE/GMAT) and reference letters. View Website

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