Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.)

The Economics Department (Utrecht University School of Economics, U.S.E.) addresses economic issues from a real-world-perspective, meaning a strong awareness of the complex socio-economic reality: human behaviour is not always rational and markets are not always in equilibrium. Institutions are important for understanding economic dynamics and so are the dimensions of time and space. U.S.E. is always looking for connections with other disciplines in research and education. 


The economics research in Utrecht focuses mainly on social themes regarding the future of work, behavioural insights for policy making, entrepreneurship, sustainable finance, and sustainability and economic development. Results of research are made public by our Seminar Series, Discussion Papers and workshops. 


The economics education is English-taught. One third of the students and one fourth of our staff have an international background. U.S.E. offers a broad Bachelor’s programme Economics and Business Economics and several specialized Master’s programmes. 


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Signing of agreement Kofi Annan Business School and Utrecht University
21 October 2016
Joseph Kaputula from Zambia started as the first Kofi Annan Business School fellow at Utrecht University.
Bas van Bavel - The Invisible Hand?
4 July 2016
In his new book, Bas van Bavel presents a historical investigation into the rise and fall of market economies.
logo Innopaths
27 June 2016
The European commission has honoured the Horizon 2020 proposal INNOPATHS, with a contribution by Dr. Friedemann Polzin (U.S.E. and Sustainable Finance Lab).


25 October 2016 11:00 - 13:00
U.S.E. Seminar with speaker: Silvio Vismara (University of Bergamo).
27 October 2016 12:00 - 13:00
U.S.E. Internal Seminar with speaker: Florian Sniekers.
3 November 2016 12:00 - 13:00
U.S.E. Internal Seminar with speaker: Adriaan Kalwij.

Utrecht University School of Economics