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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16 April 2019
The conference welcomes rigorous studies related to alternative finance and fintech from an economic, law, sociological or other perspective.
9 April 2019
Researchers from Utrecht University will conduct a 'natural experiment' in measuring the effect of expansion of preschool education.
Maarten Goos bij de Europese Commissie
8 April 2019
It is time for a redistribution of the value of data, is the advice of professor Maarten Goos, together with a European Expert Group to the European Commission.


23 April 2019 11:00 - 12:30
U.S.E Seminar with Hans Degryse of KU Leuven. His research is on Banking systems, Competition, Corporate finance, Financial markets.
10 May 2019 10:30 - 11:30
Relatedness among economic varieties has consequences in many aspects of economic development, both direct as well as indirect through other channels.
13 May 2019 19:30 - 21:30
Tanja van der Lippe, professor of Sociology, will deliver the fourth Future of Work lecture in Tivoli Vredenburg.