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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Anna Salomons
25 January 2018
Anna Salomons is appointed at Utrecht University as Professor of Economics, in particular Employment and Inequality as of 1 February 2018.
Florian Sniekers wint Joop Hartogprijs 2017
25 January 2018
Economist Florian Sniekers wins the Joop Hartog Thesis Award 2017 for research into frictions in the job market and housing market.
17 January 2018
The student winner of the Social Impact Award is Gerben Hiemstra, he is busy setting up student organisations in secondary vocational education.


20 February 2018 11:00 - 12:30
U.S.E. Seminar with spreker: Bodgan Dima, West University of Timisoara, Romania.
1 March 2018 16:15 - 17:15
The 18th Sustainable Development Goal - Social entrepreneurship in a global society.