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The Master degree in Economics and Public Policy is aimed at preparing economists with a strong theoretical and empirical foundation, which will equip them for the challenges of the public and private sectors.

Course content
This master’s degree program offers economics, business, and law courses for the development of rigorous and versatile analytic skills. Students interested in a theoretical approach will explore the economic behavior of main stakeholders, such as families, and economic and financial institutions. Alternatively, students who prefer an applied approach, will be able to focus on the public sectors, policy programs analysis and evaluation techniques.

Career options
Graduates will be regarded as economic experts and find employment within research departments of public and private institutions, trade or professional associations, credit institutions, local public administrations and companies.
Graduates can also apply for national and international PhD programs needed for high-profile roles within national and international economic organizations or to pursue a career in academia. Other career opportunities can be found in the field of applied economics.
Graduates will be able to respond to the needs of those institutions wishing to know whether their policies will attain the established objectives.
Furthermore, they will be able to work as: program evaluation experts within research centers, planning and monitoring unit managers in public administration offices, business experts and consultants for trade and volunteering associations, trade unions and foundations.

How to study
Involved in active teaching, students of Economics and Public Policy find themselves studying in close contact with teachers, with motivated classmates from different countries and parts of Italy, in fully equipped and spacious classrooms and laboratories. A rigorous and versatile method of analysis allows to face old and new problems and to increase and consolidate their knowledge.
Our graduates acquire autonomy of judgment, communication skills, learning skills.

Education and research: an essential combination
In the Master in Economics and Public Policy, the teaching activity is intertwined with the research activities of its Faculty.
Connected to international research networks, the Faculty are very active in two research centres of the Marco Biagi Department of Economics: the Research Centre for the Analysis of Public Policies (CAPP) and the Centre for Economic Research (RECENT). Students are invited to participate in seminars, conferences and research workshops organized by the lecturers of the course of study and can carry out internship activities and thesis projects related to the research topics of the lecturers.


Study plan 2019-20

The 2019-20 cohort curriculum includes eight compulsory subjects (for a total of 57 cfu), two freely chosen subjects (12 cfu), four optional subjects to be chosen from baskets in the first and second year (27 cfu) and the final test (24 cfu). Students can carry out internship activities during the second semester of the second year.
By choosing the baskets' teachings in an appropriate way, the student can follow a course in Economics or Evaluation in which she can also develop internship experiences and carry out the thesis work.

Study plan of Master Degree Course in Economics and Public Policy

  Insegnamenti cfu
year 1    
first term    
  Administrative Law and Regional Autonomy ° 6
  Econometrics  9
  Public Sector Economics  6
  Data Analysis Laboratory 3
  Quantative Methods  6
second term    
  Advanced Microeconomics  9
  15 CFU chosen from the following examinations:  
  Advanced Macroeconomics [Economics] 9
  Macroeconometrics [Economics] 6
  Analysis of Territorial Systems [Evaluation] 9
  Principles and Methods of Evaluation ° [ Evaluation] 6
  free choice  6
Year 2    
first term    
  Econometric Methods for Evaluating Public Policies 6
  Public management (first part) 6
  12 CFU chosen from the following examinations:  
  Game Theory and Applications  [Economics] 6
  Macroeconomic Policies  [Economics] 6
  Economics and Environmental Policies  [ Evaluation] 6
  Regional Policies  [Evaluation] 6
  free choice  6
second term    
  Public management (second part) 6
  Final Examination (thesis) 24

° Teaching of this subject is in Italian


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