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Economics: Markets & Society

Programmes organised by the Graduate School of Social Science (including this programme) are cancelled for summer 2020 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you’re interested in following this programme in the future, please email with the programme name in the subject line and we will keep you updated on all developments in the coming months. Want to keep updated on social media and online content for summer 2020? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook at the links below.

Programme at a glance

Academic dates: 19 July - 6 August 2020
Housing dates: 18 July - 7 August 2020
Academic fee: € 1600 read more about what’s included
Housing fee:

€ 550 for a private room with shared facilities and a € 75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.

Credits: 6 European Credits
Who is this programme for? For current university students (2nd, 3rd or 4th year Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in  economics, markets, and political science broadly. For working professionals with a desire to continue their education/update their skills in this field.
Academic director: Dawid Walentek
Early application deadline: 1 February 2020
Regular application deadline: 1 April 2020

If you’ve been referred to this summer course as a pre-requisite for a UvA Master's programme, submit an application via the link above, and email us at to let us know you’ve done so.

Programme description

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.

The course is divided into three blocks. In the first block students become familiar with the main tenants of microeconomics: how markets work, and why they fail, as well as economics of the public sector and labour markets. The second block introduces the participants to macroeconomics and gives an understanding of the economy in the long run. Students will learn about: money and prices, the real economy, data for macroeconomic indicators, and problems associated with the data quality for economics. Finally, in the third block, students are introduced to econometrics and to game theory. For the former, we will look at real-world data and develop basic coding skills – with the use of STATA statistical software.  For the latter, we will focus on the Prisoners’ Dilemma in a static and a dynamic setting and introduce the basics of the Nash equilibrium as practical means to understanding game theory. Students will learn why economic cooperation is difficult to achieve and what role repeated interaction and valuation of the future plays in stimulating cooperation.

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 from 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.

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Economics: Markets & Society
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in June