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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9 March 2017
Utrecht University and City of Utrecht start experiment to study alternative forms of social assistance
27 February 2017
In the Keuzegids (Choice Guide) Master's programmes 2017, 17 Master's programmes of Utrecht University rank first place in their respective fields.
Melissa Marijnen  and Tijs Markusse
24 February 2017
The experts of Professional Rebel & UtrechtInc will give feedback in a panel within the executive masterclass Business Model & Bottom-up innovation.


23 March 2017 12:00 - 14:00
PhD candidates presentations: Timur Pasch, Dea Tusha.
28 March 2017 11:00 - 13:00
U.S.E. Seminar with speaker: Ricky Kanabar (University of Essex).
6 April 2017 12:00 - 14:00
PhD candidates presentations: Katharina Weddige-Haaf, Jingyang Liu, Jordy Meekes, Milena Dinkova.