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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20 November 2018
More than 100 students attended the first Entrepreneurship Day organised by Centre for Entrepreneurship at Social Impact Factory
16 November 2018
Banks and pension funds are still not taking sufficient account of the risks of climate change, writes Mark Sanders on the NRC climate blog.
15 November 2018
The top Master's thesis of U.S.E. was recognised with the U.S.E. Master's Thesis Award. The winner of the award of 2017-2018 is Justus van Kesteren.


27 November 2018 13:30 - 15:00
This event brings together a lawyer, a social scientist and a philosopher from England, Belgium and Germany, for an interdisciplinary round-table discussion.
7 December 2018 12:30 - 16:00
In this masterclass Janneke Plantenga will explore the tension field between the economic and pedagogical value of childcare.
11 December 2018 11:00 - 12:30
U.S.E. Seminar with Jona Linde Maastricht University. His research focuses on individual decision making, especially under risk, social preferences and nudging.