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Understand the effect of economic and social policy on society

How to deal with the economic impacts due to the COVID-19 epidemic? Will the monopoly of large platforms like Facebook, Amazon and Uber increasingly interfere with national economic goals and policies? How do gender and ethnic discrimination affect the Dutch labor market? And are crypto currencies only for criminals or also affecting the real economy?

Economics is about much more than finance, banks and money: it addresses some of the most pressing problems of today. The choices we make in our (economic and social) policies can affect our world in very real ways. In the University Minor in Economics you will learn to tackle societal issues from an economic perspective. You will be able to grasp why economies grow or stay behind, why economic crises occur, and critically assess the news coverage. But the minor is about more than that: it offers a strong foundation for understanding the world and societal challenges from an economic lens. In this minor we will jointly search for solutions for issues we face every day.

Why Economics?

The world is changing rapidly. Therefore, in this minor we aim to provide you with relevant knowledge and skills that are applicable to your own area of expertise. We challenge our students to look at societal issues in different ways, from multiple angles and disciplines. Whether you are a psychology student, have a background in law, or are following a programme in the health sciences; everyone is welcome. 

In this minor you will learn the basics and foundations of Economics. It will help you shape an informed opinion and give you relevant skills for your future career. You only need time, effort and a willingness to learn; background knowledge in economics isn’t needed.

Studying at VU Amsterdam