Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice

Tampere Universities

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice

Tampere Universities

Economic approaches to political questions

Public policy analysis requires an approach that combines insights and techniques from economics and political science.

This programme teaches students to use economic tools to address broad societal problems. The programme extends economic analysis beyond the traditional focus on market interactions to examine the intended and unintended consequences of policies and to explore how and when individual self-interest among politicians, interest groups etc. help or hinder public interest.

Public policy analysis involves understanding institutional design, policy evaluation and implementation, and decision-making. The methods include microeconomics, game theory, experimental economics, spatial econometrics, social choice theory and econometrics.

MDP in Public Choice cooperates with economics at Tampere University and invites experts from around the world to teach classes, providing students with cutting-edge approaches. The courses combine theory and practice.

A master’s degree with a public choice as the major prepares students for doctoral research or for careers as professional policy analysts in policy planning and evaluation units of government agencies or ministries, the staff of elected and appointed public officials, consulting firms, and non-government organisations. The programme also provides an essential background in policy for people wishing to work as translators for government institutions.


Study objectives

Combining economics with public policy, the Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice provides students with a large set of skills in public policy analysis:

  • The programme provides analytical tools from economics (microeconomics, welfare economics, public economics, econometric analysis, cost-benefit-risk analysis), which are useful for evaluating public policies in terms of their absolute and comparative efficacy in meeting social objectives and in terms of identifying and addressing potential cases of market failure. Other key issues covered include policy-making in a world of scarcity and potential effects of regulation, taxes and other legislative tools.
  • Research tools developed in the programme (mathematics, statistics, econometrics, spatial econometrics) allow students to identify, collect and test appropriate data to understand the effects of policies and programmes. The econometrics courses are designed to make students both intelligent consumers and producers of statistical evidence and analysis.
  • The programme also recognises that, while, ideally, the policy is designed to incentivise or deter certain behaviour, the actors involved may react differently than anticipated. Therefore, the study of policy analysis must also include behavioural/experimental economics.
  • Understanding both the advantages of and barriers to social and political co-operation is essential in predicting needs for and success of policies (theory of collective action, game theory, politics).
  • The programme also provides courses (healthcare economics, crime and criminal policy, etc.) that give the students practical applications for the tools learned in other courses.

The coursework emphasises practical and theoretical understanding of these issues. In addition to building quantitative skills, this programme incorporates a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective drawn from case studies in North America and Europe.


Study contents

This programme teaches students to use the tools of economics to address broader social scientific problems. The analysis of public policy requires an approach that combines insights and techniques from economics and political science. This programme extends economic analysis beyond the traditional focus on market interactions to examine intended and unintended consequences of policies and to explore how and when individual self-interest among politicians, interest groups, voters, etc. can either help or hinder the public interest. Public policy analysis involves understanding institutional design, policy evaluation and implementation and decision-making. The methods used include microeconomics, game theory, experimental economics, spatial econometrics, social choice theory and econometrics.

The Public Choice programme with its emphasis on economics and public policy cooperates with economics at Tampere University and invites experts from around the world to teach classes, providing students with cutting-edge approaches. The courses combine theory and practice.


Career opportunities

The programme prepares students for doctoral research or for careers as professional policy analysts, for policy planning and evaluation units of government agencies, governmental staff, the personal staffs of elected and appointed public officials, consulting firms, and non-government organisations. The programme also provides an essential background in policy and other social science issues for people wishing to work as translators for governmental institutions.


Postgraduate study opportunities

The programme gives eligibility for postgraduate studies in social sciences.


Tuition fees and scholarships

The tuition fee for the programme is 10,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Scholarships

Tampere University Scholarships Programme is intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. A substantial number of scholarships will be available. With the help of the scholarship programme, Tampere University provides excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education.

When filling in your application form for a Master’s degree programme, you have the possibility to indicate your wish to apply for a scholarship. The decision on the granted scholarship will be communicated to you together with information on admission.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 3, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
10,000 EUR
per academic year for non-EU/EEA students.
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Deadline
Locations
Finland - Tampere
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