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Economics: Competition and Regulation track

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Use economic methods and models to identify regulations that ensure fair competition while mitigating negative economic effects. You'll combine insights from economics, industrial organization and competition law to business strategies and regulatory policies. Deal with, for example, the lack of competition in certain markets and the response by national governments and the European Union.

of the current students is (very) satisfied with their program

National Student Survey, 2017 | n=4

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

Times Higher Education Ranking, 2017

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

Shanghai Ranking, 2017

Program and courses

Analyze causes of imperfect competition and identify regulations that ensure fair competition, while at the same time mitigating negative effects on productivity and technological change.

  • You'll also consider the legal aspects, discussing the relevant legal concepts and laws.
  • Gain an understanding of how markets function, when they fail and how various markets are interrelated - which is essential in companies' strategic decision process as well as in solving social economic and development problems.
  • Great diversity in nationalities, with about 50% international fellow students.

Typical courses are:

  • Innovation and Networks
  • Competition Policy
  • Game Theory

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Career prospects

With a specialization in competition and regulation, you are skilled in applying combined insights from economics, industrial organization, and competition law to ensure fair competition and positive economic effects. These combined skills are tailored for a career at competition authorities, regulatory bodies, ministries of economic affairs, consultancy firms on competition and regulation, international organizations such as the EU and OECD, and economic departments of large firms.

Graduates work or started for example as:

  • Policy advisor at the Dutch Health Authority
  • Economist at the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM)
  • Scientist / Economist at CPB Economic Policy Analysis

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: Dutch 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 in a similar program (e.g., 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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