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Economics: Public Policy track

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Address urgent domestic public policy objectives, ranging from reduced income inequality and job security, to an affordable health care and pension system. Upon graduation you are an economic expert on how governments can achieve such critical goals, design effective solutions, and finance these activities.

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

Times Higher Education Ranking, 2017

of the alumni is (very) satisfied with the program

National Alumni Survey, 2016 | n=18

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

Shanghai Ranking, 2017

Program and courses

Learn how public policies and tax schemes can be designed to create the right incentives and nudges to make urgent societal goals within reach.

  • Experience what it means to be policy advisor in national governments and international organizations.
  • Great diversity in nationalities, with about 50% international fellow students.

Typical courses are:

  • Labor Economics
  • Taxation and Health Economics
  • Economics and Psychology of Social Norms and Strategic Behavior

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Career prospects

With a specialization in Public Policy, you can apply economic theories and models to urgent domestic policy objectives; advising governments on how to achieve, design and finance these goals. These skills are tailored for a career as policy advisor in national governments or international organizations such as the EU; researcher in applied research institutes, or consultant within nationally or internationally oriented consultancy firms.

Graduates work or started for example as:

  • Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Finance
  • Statistical Analyst at De Nederlandsche Bank
  • Doctoral student at the University of Oxford

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 2
  • Finds a job within 3 months after graduation: 82%
  • 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 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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