Netherlands, Amsterdam

Economics: Markets & Society

when 19 July 2020 - 6 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1600

[Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this programme has been cancelled for summer 2020. If you are interested, please visit the programme website and send us an email. We will keep you posted about online alternatives, other developments and summer 2021].

Is Uber stealing jobs? Is the design of the Euro-zone flawed? And why does it pay off to go to university? Economics help us to address - and frequently is the language of - key debates. For students of the social and behavioural sicences and the humanities, it is crucial to understand this developing language. Participants in this programme will learn the principles of economics and receive an introduction to econometrics and game theory.

Course leader

Dawid Walentek. Dawid works in the UvA’s Faculty of Social And Behavioural Sciences within the programme group on Political Economy and Transnational Governance. His scholarly work is mostly focused on economic sanctions and international trade.

Target group

For current university students (Bachelors and Masters) in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in economics and political science broadly.

Course aim

Students of this three-week course will cover principles of micro- and macro-economics, and receive an introduction to econometrics and game theory. We will also cover the basics of different types of economic modelling, and their applications for economic policy and social science. The goal? To demystify neoclassical economic theories and to give clearer insight into this important field that influences the social and behavioural sciences in diverse ways.

By the end of the programme, students will be able to understand how government policy stimulates market interactions, how financial markets operate, what determines growth of prosperity and the role of central banks. Participants will learn how to approach and analyse data and draw conclusion form econometric tests. Students will also become familiar with game theory and its application for international trade, competition policy, and issues related to public goods. Participants, upon completion of the course, will be able to engage in debates on economic policy and its implications.

Credits info

6 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, students who wish to earn credits will receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained.

Fee info

EUR 1600: Tuition fee. Including all course materials, excursions and events.
EUR 500: Housing fee (optional).


There are several scholarship opportunities. Please check the course website for more information and scholarship deadlines.