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Economics: Competition and Regulation

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. In the Competition and Regulation track, you will combine insights from economics, industrial organization and competition law to business strategy and regulatory policy. Explore, for example, the lack of competition in certain markets and the response of national governments and the European Union. This is a track of the MSc Economics.

worldwide in Economics and 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

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 a companies' strategic decision process as well as in solving social economic and development problems.
  • Great diversity in nationalities, with about 60% international fellow students.
  • This is a track of MSc Economics. You can choose to follow the main program or one of the tracks.

Typical courses are:

  • Data Science and Society
  • Competition Policy
  • Game Theory

More on the program and courses

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Career prospects

Upon graduating you will have obtained the following title (as stated on your diploma): Master of Science.

With a specialization in competition and regulation, you are fully skilled in applying combined insights from economics, industrial organization, and competition law to ensure fair competition and positive economic effects. These combined skills prepare you 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.

Some examples of our graduates'  jobs:

  • Policy advisor at the Dutch Health Authority (NZA)
  • Economist at the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM)
  • Economist at Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB)

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 in a similar program (e.g., 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 the information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available here.

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