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Overview

The course combines the economic disciplines of finance, economic policy and macroeconomics and in particular conveys theoretical and empirical skills that enable economic policy analysis on a scientific level. After a comprehensive deepening of the theoretical and econometric fundamentals, personal priorities can be set in various political and economic areas. For example, it is possible to specialize in economic analyzes in the field of labor market and tax policy. In addition, students can specialize in the economic analysis of the role of the state in the economy or in macroeconomic questions of economic policy.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The master’s degree in Public Economics comprises a core area, two areas of focus to be chosen, a free elective area, an application-oriented area and a master’s thesis.

In the application-oriented area, a 13.5-week full-time internship can be completed, the focus of which is on the economic analysis of political issues. Alternatively, there is the possibility of participating in a research project of the same duration, in which first experiences with independent research are made and a scientific orientation is made possible.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module, as well as an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (LP) for each module or each event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods.

After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) is awarded.

Modules of the course (unless otherwise indicated, each module has a scope of 6 CP)

1. All modules of the core area (36 CP)

module Microeconomic analysis
module Macroeconomic Analysis
module Economy of the Welfare State
module State and taxes
module International finance policy
module Applied Microeconometrics

2. Modules totaling 12 CP from two of four focus areas

Taxes and Social Policy
module Tax effects
module Income tax law
module Large construction site welfare state
module Empirical finance and economic policy
module Poverty and distribution
module Microeconometrics
module Selected topics in tax theory and policy
module Selected social policy issues
module Current research questions in international financial policy
module Current research questions in theoretical finance
module Current research questions in social policy
module Current research questions in empirical finance and economic policy
module Knowledge transfer
Labor market policy
module Labor market theory
module State and Employment
module Legal framework of labor market policy
module Education economy
module Working with panel data
module Selected topics in labor market research
module Current research questions in labor economics
module Current research questions in the economics of education
module Knowledge transfer
Market and state
module Public corporations and regulation
module Information economy
module Economic theory of political decisions
module Design of economic systems
module Innovation economy and policy
module Selected social policy issues
module Current research questions in microeconomics
module Current research questions in political economy
module Knowledge transfer
Macroeconomics and economic policy (the modules marked with * have a scope of 12 CP each and thus complete the focus area individually)
module Capital market theory
module Capital markets and regulation
module Monetary and Fiscal Policy
module Econometric analysis
module Complex methods of modern econometrics
module Architecture of international economic institutions
module Economic history of the 20th century
module Economic growth
module International Macroeconomics
module Methods of Modern Macroeconomics
module International Economic History *
module US Economic Policy *
module International Economics *
module Selected topics in macroeconomics
module Current research questions in international macroeconomics
module Current research questions in macroeconomics
module Knowledge transfer

3. Free elective area: In addition, modules with a total of 12 CP must be completed, which can be freely selected from all focus areas, a study abroad or the Berlin School of Economics (DIW Graduate Center / BDPEMS).

4. Within the framework of the two focus areas or within the framework of the free elective area, modules totaling at least 12 credit points from the following list must be completed

module Current research questions in microeconomics
module Current research questions in international macroeconomics
module Current research questions in macroeconomics
module Current research questions in political economy
module Current research questions in theoretical finance
module Current research questions in international financial policy
module Current research questions in social policy
module Current research questions in empirical finance and economic policy
module Current research questions in labor economics
module Current research questions in the economics of education
module Working with panel data
module Knowledge transfer
5. Application-oriented area (18 CP)
module Internship  or   research project
6th module master's thesis (30 CP)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • The basic requirement is a professional German or equivalent foreign degree from a university degree.

  • Within the framework of previous professional degree programs, at least 30 credit points in economics and 18 credit points in quantitative methods (mathematics, statistics or econometrics) must have been acquired. In the sum of economics and quantitative methods, at least 72 credit points must have been achieved (credit points achieved in business administration are not taken into account)

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER), provided that English is not your mother tongue and the university degree was not obtained at an educational institution in which English is the language of instruction.

The course is restricted in admission.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university admission (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge in accordance with the regulations for the German language test for university admission of foreign applicants to the Free University of Berlin.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The master’s degree in Public Economics provides the scientific basis for participating in doctoral programs or for the opportunity to do a doctorate in economics as well as for later activities in the following areas: university and non-university scientific institutions, ministries, offices, chambers, associations and social insurance agencies, national and international Organizations, economic departments in banks and insurance companies.

 


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