How and why do particular public policies get implemented? How are they designed? How do we know if they work? Why are some policies more successful than others?
National-level finance and planning involves big numbers: pensions, health systems, income support, social programs, and so forth. Successful public policies can make all the difference for the lives of millions of individuals, with numbers and effects become much larger for developed countries and faster growing in developing ones.
Students will be exposed to the views of experts from fields other than Economics in order to build an appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of public policy design and evaluation. A master's advisor will guide each student in completing an independent master's project by the end of the program, allowing specialization in a policy topic of the student's choice.
Graduates will also be well-prepared to pursue advanced post-graduate study of Policy or Economics.
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In the Fall term, students will have the opportunity to take a brush-up course in mathematics and statistics. This courses is not mandatory but highly recommended to assure a smooth start.
A master project, which will be supervised in regular meetings with an advisor, will allow each student to put their knowledge into practice and improve their writing and exposition skills.
|Quantitative and Statistical Methods I||6||Javier Gómez Biscarri|
|Introduction to Game Theory||3||Juan José Ganuza|
|Information Economics||3||Joan de Martí|
|Introduction to Economics of Public Policy Evaluation||3||Caterina Calsamiglia|
|Quantitative and Statistical Methods II||6||Stephan Litschig
|Economics of Labor Market Policy||3||Ana Rute Cardoso|
|Political Competition and Institutions||3||Humberto Llavador|
|Public Economics||3||Joan de Martí|
|Cost-Benefit Analysis||3||Pere Riera|
|Survey Methods||3||Laura Hospido
|Policy Lessons||3||Juan Francisco Jimeno
|Master Project||6||Caterina Calsamiglia
|Electives (credits subject to director's approval):|
|Social Economics||3||Giacomo de Giorgi
|Topics in Applied Econometrics||6||Jaume García-Villar|
|Political Economy||6||Maria Petrova
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly with Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).
All Barcelona GSE master degrees have been recognized by the Catalan and Spanish Education authorities within the framework of the Bologna Process (in Spanish, “Master Universitario o Master Oficial”). Indicadors de qualitat