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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Erik Stam
8 November 2018
Bij de fundamentele veranderingen op de arbeidsmarkt horen mogelijk nieuwe regels, wetten en belastingen. Erik Stam is gevraagd om dat mede te onderzoeken.
5 November 2018
Researchers of the Utrecht University School of Economics warn that fraud and the entwining of the underworld and straight world are on the rise.
29 October 2018
Netspar has awarded a grant of €250.000 for a study into the effectiveness of existing interactive online decision aids for pension scheme participants.


16 - 17
16 November 2018 09:30 - 17 November 2018 16:00
Visit our Bachelor's Open Days on 16 and 17 November 2018!
27 November 2018 13:30 - 15:00
This event brings together a lawyer, a social scientist and a philosopher from England, Belgium and Germany, for an interdisciplinary round-table discussion.
7 December 2018 12:30 - 16:00
In this masterclass Janneke Plantenga will explore the tension field between the economic and pedagogical value of childcare.