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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19 June 2018
Praise from Brussels for the FIRES research project on stimulating a more entrepreneurial society, led by Utrecht University.
1 June 2018
From today, an app is on the market, of which it has been scientifically proved that it helps against sleeping problems.
demonstranten voor gelijke rechten
15 May 2018
Linda Senden, Belle Derks, Rosemarie Buikema and Maarten Goos will share their knowledge with policy makers in OECD engagement groups.


26 June 2018 11:00 - 12:30
This U.S.E Seminar is titled: "Deviations in real exchange rate levels across the OECD members and their structural determinants".
2 - 13
2 July 2018 09:30 - 13 July 2018 17:00
The Summerschool course focuses on the key themes that drive the food politics agenda in the European Union.
2 October 2018 09:00 - 17:00
This year’s keynote speaker will be Nir Vulkan (Oxford University). The conference will be held October 2nd at Utrecht University.