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 March 2019
There are still far too few women in top positions. The government is considering robust measures and has asked the Social and Economic Council for advice.
18 March 2019
Erik Stam has become expert member of the SME Policy Task Force for the Think20, for this year’s G20 meeting in Japan.
13 March 2019
Every year this conference brings together 200 international researchers from disciplines such as innovation management, entrepreneurship and public policy.


3 April 2019 12:45 - 13:45
PhD Defense of Timur Pasch of the Utrecht University School of Economics.
9 April 2019 11:00 - 12:30
U.S.E Seminar with Bo Becker, Stockholm School of Economics. His research is on corporate finance.
16 April 2019 11:00 - 12:30
Michael Kremer’s recent research examines education, health, water, and agriculture in developing countries.