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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Sport and Society call seed money 2020-2022
12 November 2019
Sport & Society aims to subsidise research programmes investigating ‘criminal undermining of sport clubs’ and ‘risky play’.
8 November 2019
The video of the Professor F. de Vries lecture with Esther Duflo, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, is now online.
6 November 2019
Sjoerd Beugelsdijk and Pepijn van Houwelingen will discuss Dutch identity during the Interdisciplinary Symposium Identity and Inequality on November 15th.


15 November 2019 10:00 - 17:30
During this symposium, we take a closer look to the interaction between institutions and identity formation of individuals and groups in modern society.
20 November 2019 18:00 - 21:30
Are you PITCHING (in)? Sign up for the Entrepreneurship Day on November 20th, hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and UtrechtInc Students.
21 November 2019 12:45 - 13:45
Lisa Dumhs will defend her PhD thesis 'Finding the right job. School-to-work transitions of vocational students in the Netherlands'.