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.
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.
Course offer is subject to change.
All courses in the fall term are mandatory.
|Information Economics||3||David Pérez-Castrillo|
|Introduction to Game Theory||3||Juan José Ganuza|
|Introduction to Economics of Public Policy Evaluation||3||Caterina Calsamiglia|
|Quantitative and Statistical Methods I||6||Javier Gómez Biscarri|
All courses in the winter term are mandatory.
|Economics of Labor Market Policy||3||Ana-Rute Cardoso|
|Political Economy||3||Hannes Mueller|
|Public Economics||3||Joan de Martí|
|Cost-Benefit Analysis||3||Pere Riera|
|Quantitative and Statistical Methods II||6||Joan Llull|
|Master Project||6||Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell
|Survey Methods||3||Laura Crespo
|Policy Lessons||3||Albert Bravo-Biosca
Juan F. Jimeo
|Electives (credits subject to director's approval):|
|Social Economics||3||Giacomo de Giorgi
|Topics in Applied Econometrics for Public Policy||6||Jaume García-Villar|
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
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23 students from 18 different countries form this year's Economics of Public Policy class. Most have studied Economics for their undergraduate degree, though some have backgrounds in Political Science, Business Administration, or other subjects.