Students

Minor Economics

2019-2020

Economics addresses some of the most pressing problems of today: economic well-being, inequality and sustainability. What is the future of employment in the face of technical innovation? Why does the discovery of natural resources make a country sometimes poorer rather than richer? How can we keep the pension and health care system sustainable if there are only half as many working age people? Why do economic crises occur? In the University Minor in Economics you will learn to tackle economic issues and to think like an economist.

The University Minor in Economics is an established and successful programme. We have experience and know what students and employers want: relevant knowledge about economic institutions, mechanisms, incentives, and policy options in an ever-changing world. We consistently receive excellent student evaluations.

Info

Language English
Credits 30 EC
Start date 01-09-2018
Faculty
Minor Economics
Description
What is the future of employment in the face of technical innovation?
Why does the discovery of natural resources make a country sometimes
poorer rather than richer? How can we keep the pension and health care
system sustainable if there are only half as many working age people?
Why do economic crises occur? These questions illustrate how economics
touches upon the most pressing problems of today: economic well-being,
inequality and sustainability. In the minor in Economics you will learn
to tackle economic issues by learning to think like an economist.

The minor in Economics is a 30 EC programme of 5 compulsory courses,
taught in English. You will become familiar with the development of
economic thought, including the principles of micro- and macroeconomic
theory and key insights from empirical economic analysis. You will gain
insight into the role of economic policy, learning to identify when
markets fail and when policy interventions may provide solutions.
Finally, you learn to take a structured approach to solving practical
problems using economic core concepts. Upon completion you will have a
proven ability to apply sound economic reasoning to a range of issues on
a micro- and macroeconomic level, for example related to labor markets,
social insurance, health and welfare policy, environmental and product
market regulation, fiscal and monetary policy, trade and development
policies.

Students in the BSc programmes Economics and Business Economics as well
as Econometrics are excluded from participating in this university
minor. More information is also available on our general Canvas page
https://canvas.vu.nl/courses/27772.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Foundations of Macroeconomics P1 6EC E_ME_FMA
Foundations of Microeconomics P1 6EC E_ME_FM
Macroeconomic Policy P2 6EC E_ME_MAEP
Microeconomic Policy P2 6EC E_ME_MIEP
Economic Policy Analysis P3 6EC E_ME_EPA