Dian van Rooi_alumnus Economics

Economics: Behavioral Economics

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Address economic problems and issues related to human behavior and behavior change. Become an economist trained to consider both the economics and the psychology of behavior and how it can be affected by policy and strategy. This is a track of the MSc Economics.

worldwide, #1 in the Netherlands in Economics & Econometrics
international students

in 2022/2023
MSc Economics including all tracks

of our students are (very) satisfied with the program

National Student Survey 2023, MSc Economics including all tracks (n=41)

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

More on the program and courses

Students at their graduation ceremony

Career prospects

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 policy advising, project management, and consultancy. Behavioral insights are in high demand in government agencies, financial institutions, insurance companies, and multinational corporations.

Alumni facts

  • 100% are (very) satisfied with the Master's program
  • 95% would recommend the program to friends, family and colleagues
  • 81% would choose the same program at the same university

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | MSc Economics including all tracks| n=21 

More on your career prospects

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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

Open to Research University students, not to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO). 

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available here.

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More information on this Master's program

Create your own e-brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

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