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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In September 2018, the Utrecht University School of Economics celebrates its 15th aniversary. Join us!


17 October 2018
Scott Stern visited Utrecht University in honour of the Utrecht University School of Economics lustrum.
Mark Sanders
10 October 2018
Mark Sanders takes one hour of your time to introduce the academic work of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2018: William Nordhaus and Paul Romer.
Sprinten op het Utrecht Science Park
2 October 2018
Submit your proposal for seed money if you are are looking for a 'plus' to embed sport and society in your education and research at Utrecht University or UMCU.


30 October 2018 11:00 - 12:30
U.S.E Seminar on Entrepreneurship on 30 October with Magnus Henrekson, Research Insitute of Industrial Economics.
1 November 2018 15:45 - 18:00
The third annual Johan Willem Beyen lecture will be given by Shada Islam to celebrate European Governance Day in Utrecht.
16 - 17
16 November 2018 09:30 - 17 November 2018 16:00
Visit our Bachelor's Open Days on 16 and 17 November 2018!