Economics: Behavioral Economics
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. This is a track of MSc Economics.
Times Higher Education Subject Ranking, 2019
National Alumni Survey, 2018 | n=23
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Program and courses
Address economic questions revolving around behavior and behavioral change.
- Starting point: individuals are not rational, self-interested maximizers, but behave and make decisions based on a limited capacity to process information and preferences that include a regard for social norms, such as fairness and reciprocity.
- Address 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).
- This is a track of MSc Economics. You can choose to follow the main program or one of the tracks.
Typical courses are:
- Economics and Psychology of Social Norms and Strategic Behavior
- Economics and Psychology of Risk and Time
- Experiments and Surveys
Upon graduating you will have obtained the following title (as stated on your diploma): Master of Science.
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.
- 96% are (very) satisfied with the Master program
- 43% work abroad
- Gross average monthly income 1.5 years after graduation: €3,682
Source: National Alumni Survey, 2018 | n=23 (response rate 28% of graduates 2016-17)
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).
Open to Research University students, not to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO).
Tuition fees and scholarships
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