Society and Culture / Master's degree programme
Economics and Public Policy

General information for the a.y. 2021-2022

Disciplinary areaSociety and Culture
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations
Call for Application / Short list Call for applications to the master's degree Programme in ECONOMICS and PUBLIC POLICY (EPP) - For non-EU students living abroad and applying for a visa - Academic Year 2021 - 2022
Bando per l'accesso al corso di laurea magistrale ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC POLICY-ECONOMIA E POLITICHE PUBBLICHE (EPP) 2021-22 riservato a candidati con titolo di studio italiano, a candidati UE ed Extra-UE soggiornanti con titolo estero


The Master's Degree Programme in Economics and Public Policy aims to meet the need of our society for institutional figures able to implement good economic policies: public managers and consultants able to foresee and assess the results of public policies on employment, income, inequality, poverty, quality and cost of public services, and other elements that help define the well-being of a community. Therefore, the Master's Degree Programme sets out to train expert economists in public policies. Students are provided with the tools to acquire a rigorous and versatile analysis method, allowing them to deal with old and new issues and to broaden their knowledge; they are offered the opportunity to carry out internships in public and research institutions in Italy and abroad, also on topics connected to the degree thesis.

Course content

Economic theory and the statistical, econometric and computer tools needed to process and interpret economic data are studied in the two years of training. These tools are applied to the analysis of important issues such as poverty, inequality, environmental protection, growth and the economic cycle, territorial imbalances. Students learn how to assess and foresee the impact of economic policies on people's life and well-being. By choosing among the specific teaching offered, they can address their training towards a more theoretical approach: Economics; or towards a more applied approach: Assessment. The first one focuses more on macroeconomic issues, such as economic growth, cyclical fluctuations, monetary and fiscal policy. The second one focuses on microeconomic issues, such as the economy of the environment and the territory, regional policies and techniques for evaluating public programmes.

Career options

Graduates in Economics and Public Policy may become public administrators, economic advisors to the public administration, or economics researchers in study offices and in the University. They can find employment in local and national institutions, private economic consultancy firms for the public administration, economic and statistical study offices of public and private institutions. They may work as self-employed consultants in the field of applied economics. They can teach economic subjects in secondary high-schools. They may choose to complete their training with an advanced master programme or a doctoral research in economics. The doctoral research is required to access the most qualified career roles, namely to work in study offices of large national economics bodies, like ISTAT and the Bank of Italy, or international (OCDE, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, ECB).

After the degree

Master's Degree

List of single courses taught in English

- Advanced macroeconomics [ credits: 9]
- Advanced microeconomics [ credits: 9]
- Analysis of territorial systems [ credits: 6]
- Data analysis laboratory [ credits: 3]
- Econometric Methods for Evaluating Public Policies [ credits: 6]
- Econometrics [ credits: 9]
- Game theory and applications [ credits: 6]
- International contract law [ credits: 6]
- Macroeconometrics [ credits: 6]
- Principles and methods of evaluation [ credits: 9]
- Public economics [ credits: 6]
- Quantitative methods [ credits: 6]
- Regional policies [ credits: 6]
- Topics in econometrics: theory and applications [ credits: 6]

More information

Course Director
prof. Mario Forni
dott.ssa Lara Liverani

The course is managed by the Marco Biagi Department of Economics