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Economics and Governance (MSc)

The Economics & Governance specialisation of the Master in Public Administration teaches you to formulate problem-solving approaches to concrete policy issues found at the intersection between economics and public administration. This specialisation is a unique joint offering of the Department of Economics and the Institute of Public Administration.

Piotr Rygielski

Student Economics and Governance

Piotr Rygielski

'The programme added comprehensively to my knowledge portfolio, incorporating the political and public structures that propel issues and solutions forward to the forefront, giving me a public sector view that up until now was lacklustre at best.'

Governance and Economy

The Master programme offered me a public sector and political view on these issues alongside markets and theories in addition to a wide array of new aspects. The Economics and Governance (E&G) track specifically has been sublime, boosting the major programmes quirks with an element of economic analysis and theory alongside a regulatory governance understanding.

Populist electoral support in Central and Eastern Europe

I chose to research the effect of certain economic indicators on the amount of populist electoral support in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. My study area is based on my cultural heritage. Although parenting has allowed for some indoctrination on the topic and likely materializing in my interest in the area, being brought up in another part of Europe has given me the chance to take a unique approach, of an outsider looking in.

Wouter Kuin

Alumnus, Policy Officer at the Ducth Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Wouter Kuin

'The Economics and Governance track provided me with a strong policy background that helped me in my first years working for the Dutch government.'

During my bachelor degree, I became interested in the junction of economics and politics, the Econmics and Governance track enabled me to deepen my knowledge on these issues. I really enjoyed studying issues in the field of international political economy and public policy making as well as acquiring quantitive and research skills. 

The Economics and Governance track provided me with a strong policy background that helped me in my first years working for the Dutch government. If you are interested in policy, economics and want to develop yourself more quantitatively then the Public Administration E&G track is the right fit for you!

Prof. dr. Olaf van Vliet

Professor

Prof. dr. Olaf van Vliet

'What is unique about this programme is the combination of two disciplines. On the one hand you will apply sound economic analysis to design effective policies to address societal challenges and on the other hand you will learn how to operate successfully in a complex decision-making process.'

In Economics and Governance students apply modern economics to address societal issues such as reforming pension and healthcare systems in ageing societies, global environmental challenges, the impact of globalization on labour markets and income inequality, and pressure from immigration.

Our graduates have both strong analytical skills to design and evaluate effective policies and they have the right skills for managing policy processes.  They go on to work as economic policy-advisors or as financial professionals at a government ministry or at a consultancy firm, but we also have alumni who started a career at well-known multinational companies or in the financial sector.

Study Economics and Governance, specialisation of the Master Public Administration

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What does this master programme entail?

In Economics and Governance students apply modern economics to address societal issues such as reforming pension and healthcare systems in ageing societies, global environmental challenges, the impact of globalization on labour markets and income inequality, and pressure from immigration. This programme offers advanced knowledge and analytical tools on how to use data and statistics in doing analyses, which has become more and more important on today’s and tomorrow’s labour market. Moreover, our programme allows students to increase their economic reasoning skills and to critically evaluate various policy instruments.

The Economics and Governance specialisation aims to develop professionals who are able to analyse and address policy problems broadly, and in the field of social policy and market regulation specifically.  The focal point is on welfare states and markets. You learn about the role of government in creating, facilitating and controlling markets. You also examine the status of the current welfare state, such as the pension system, social security, labour markets, and income distribution in society; and the challenges the welfare state currently faces. You are provided a strong multidisciplinary preparation for a professional career in areas such as socio-economic policy- making or market regulation. The combination of applied economics and public governance forms a solid base for policy-makers, consultants and future leaders.

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Why study Economics and Governance?

What is unique about this programme is the combination of two disciplines. On the one hand you will apply sound economic analysis to design effective policies to address societal challenges and on the other hand you will learn how to operate successfully in a complex decision-making process. A unique aspect of the programme is that courses are being taught by professors in economics and professors in public administration with hands-on experience in advising policy-makers. Students have the possibility to customize the program to their individual preferences, with emphasize on either more economics oriented or public administration oriented electives.

  • You will learn to solve key societal problems at the intersection of economics and public administration.
  • You will combine theoretical knowledge with academic and professional skills.
  • You will be instructed by driven professors who are involved in high-level research within your subject and who are experienced with strategic policy advice in practice. 
  • As you will be examining international cases on issues that involve economics and governance.
  • You will develop unique skills that prepare you to become a policy advisor, policy analyst, or consultant after graduation.
  • You will be studying in the heart of The Hague - a bustling, cosmopolitan urban centre and the administrative heart of the Netherlands - amidst government ministries, international organisations and multinationals. Find out more reasons to choose Public Administration.

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Economics and Governance: The Right Master’s Programme for You?

  • Are you interested in developing your skills in economic reasoning, conducting economic analysis, and working with data and statistics?
  • Are you interested in the interplay between governance and the world’s economies?
  • Do you want to find solutions to societal issues through a multi-level, multi-stakeholder governance perspective?
  • Do you want a multidisciplinary Master in Public Administration that combines Economics and Public Administration and is taught at a high academic level?

Then this is the study for you! 

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