Master Program in Economics of Public Policy

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Program Description

Master Program in Economics of Public Policy

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics


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 involve 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 growth in developing ones.

Students will be drilled in commanding advanced empirical public policy evaluation tools and will be ready to use these tools in practice.

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.

Our graduates will be prepared to take on analytical positions at public institutions, international organizations, consulting firms, research institutions, and think tanks.

Graduates will also be well-prepared to pursue advanced post-graduate study of Policy or Economics.

Program schedule

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.

  • Maths and Statistics Brush-Up

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.

What skills and knowledge will I acquire in this program?

  • Confidence in examining and discussion of the Economic theory behind the design and evaluation of public policies
  • Applied analysis in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Information Economics, Game Theory, and Political Economy
  • Command of state-of-the-art empirical tools to evaluate policies and impacts
  • Expert knowledge of institutional framework contexts where public policies are designed and implemented
  • Ability to communicate in written technical and non-technical policy reports based on multidisciplinary approaches

Who will benefit from this program?

  • Students with Business Administration, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Public Policy, or Statistical backgrounds
  • Junior analysts or professionals from the workforce looking to upgrade their analytical skills
  • Aspiring Ph.D. students who want to build a solid foundation

Who hires Economics of Public Policy graduates?

  • Research and Academic Institutions
  • Consulting Firms
  • International Organizations and Non-profits
  • Government and Authorities
  • Financial Services

Examples of recent professional placements:

  • Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) - Research Assistant (Maastricht, Netherlands)
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative - Regional Associate (Washington, DC, USA)
  • Ernst & Young (EY) - Senior Consultant (Dublin, Ireland)
  • HM Treasury - Senior Policy Advisor, Head of Agriculture (London, UK)
  • Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) - Research Associate (Manila, Philippines)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Policy Unit Trainee (Paris, France)
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI) - ODI Fellowship (Zanzibar)
  • PIMCO - Account Analyst (London, UK)
  • Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab, Brown University - Economic Analyst (Providence, RI, USA)
  • US Department of Research - Economist (Washington, DC, USA)

Examples of recent PhD placements:

  • Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI)
  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Minnesota
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
9 months
Full time
16,500 EUR
Spain - Barcelona, Catalonia
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Master Program in Economics of Public Policy