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Economics: Behavioral Economics track

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Effectively address economic problems and questions involving people’s behavior and behavioral change. Become an economist trained to take both the economics and the psychology of behavior into account, as well as the ways it can be affected by policies and strategies.

in the Netherlands, #3 in Europe, #11 Worldwide in Business and Economics

Times Higher Education Ranking, 2017

of the alumni is (very) satisfied with their program

National Alumni Survey, 2016 | n=16

in the Netherlands, #8 in Europe, #30 worldwide in Economics

Shanghai Ranking, 2017

Program and courses

Address economic questions revolving around behavior and behavioral change. 

  • Starting point: individuals are not rational, self-interested maximizers, but behave and decide based on a limited capacity to process information and preferences that include a regard for social norms, such as fairness and reciprocity.
  • Adress important behavioral questions, such as:
    - How to encourage households to waste less food?
    - How to prevent fraud in organizations?
    - How to stimulate employees to cooperate efficiently?
    - How to foster trust in online markets?
  • Combine insights from economists, psychologists and marketers cooperating in the Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER).

Typical courses are:

  • Economics and Psychology of Social Norms and Strategic Behavior
  • Economics and Psychology of Risk and Time
  • Experiments and Surveys

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Career prospects

With a specialization in behavioral economics you will have a degree tailored for a career in consultancy, policy advice, and project management. Insights from behavioral economics are in high demand at financial institutions, insurance companies, multinational enterprises, as well as in regional and national government.

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 2
  • Finds a job within 6 months after graduation: 94%
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: €2,542

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2016 | n=16

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    Application and admission

    This Master’s program starts:

    End of August and end of January

    Best preparatory programs:

    A Bachelor’s degree in Economics or a similar program (e.g., a degree in Econometrics).

    Pre-Master’s program

    Only available for Research University students, not for students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO). 

    Tuition fees academic year 2018-2019

    € 2,060*€ 14,500

    * The EU rate only applies if you enroll for the program without a Master's degree from a Dutch university. More information about the tuition fees and scholarships available for international students.

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