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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21 May 2019
On the 9th of May, UtrechtInc Students organized their final pitch event of the UtrechtInc Students Challenge 2019.
IRIS Challenge. Foto: Rodolfo Clix.
21 May 2019
Getting more grip on the energy bills, reduces housing costs for tenants and increases their income.
14 May 2019
Utrecht researchers are contributing to 'Measuring Prosperity' file of ESB.


1 June 2019 15:00
Why was it that, in developed Western economies, financial institutions like banks only began to reach deep into society during the 1960s and 1970s?
3 June 2019 19:15 - 22:00
Impact Night is an inspiring evening programme on sustainability in the University Hall of Utrecht University with, among others, Delta Commissioner Peter Glas.
11 June 2019 11:00 - 12:30
U.S.E Seminar with Jerome Adda from Bocconi University. His resarch focuses on labour economics and health economics.