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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Marcel Boumans
10 October 2019
Marcel Boumans appointed as professor in History of Economics. The chair is partly financed by the Pierson Fonds.
Open User and Innovation Conference 2019
8 October 2019
The OUI Society introduces a video channel to share current research themes and to show how society and business can benefit from the insights gained.
8 October 2019
UtrechtInc presents the 24 startups starting in their validation and accelaration programmes this Fall.


16 - 18
16 October 2019 09:00 - 18 October 2019 18:00
The Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (IECER) will be held at Utrecht University from 16-18 oktober, 2019.
17 October 2019 13:00 - 14:00
Joost de Laat will introduce the academic work of the Nobel laureates and discuss their experimental approach to addressing global challenges.
18 October 2019 12:00 - 18:00
Conference on digitalization, flexible work, vulnerable workers and the role of labour market institutions and actors in driving decent vs precarious work.