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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13 March 2018
The Research Masters Multidisciplinary Economics has been assessed as 'top rated programme' in the Keuzegids 2018.
Milande Busquet and Margot Leger speak at the Economic Utrecht Conference
8 March 2018
Rethinking the future of business by introducing social value creation as a core aspect of business.
1 March 2018
In his inaugural lecture, Prof. Dr. Harry Hummels argues for the use of an 18th sustainability goal when assessing whether a company is really social.


20 March 2018 11:00 - 12:30
U.S.E. Seminar with Ivanka Visnjic, assistant professor at the ESADE Business School (Barcelona). Her research focuses on innovation of business models.
27 March 2018 11:00 - 12:30
U.S.E. Seminar with labour economist Tim Barmby: Labour Economic History from Below: Agency and Incentives in 19th Century Metal Mining.
3 April 2018 11:00 - 12:30
U.S.E. Seminar with Paul Smeets, associate professor Finance at Maastricht University: Inequality Preferences: Evidence from the Behaviour of Millionaires.