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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In September 2018, the Utrecht University School of Economics celebrates its 15th aniversary. Join us!


Ecological Soiety of America
16 August 2018
Joost de Laat, professor of Global Economic Challenges, has won the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America.
hands with light bulb
14 August 2018
Blog by Stefan Braam from Utrecht University's incubator UtrechtInc
INHale UGlobe
24 July 2018
The INHaLE initiative was launched at the LANDac Annual International Conference.


4 September 2018 16:15 - 17:15
Maarten Goos, gives his inaugural address as professor of Economics and Institutions at Utrecht University.
11 September 2018 12:00 - 17:00
This panel will debate the merits of both disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary education.
14 September 2018 15:00 - 18:00
The financial crisis has changed our world view forever. Professor Coen Teulings, together with experts, will give a sharp analysis.