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Study plan of the Master in Economic Policy (MEP)

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Study plan of the Master in Economic Policy (MEP)

The study plan (also study programme or study curriculum) of the Master includes information on the structure of the programme.

 

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  • Study plan 2018-2020

    The programme is taught entirely in English and has a strong international orientation. The first year offers all the core courses together with some specialized courses. The second year offers a variety of elective courses, and the possibility of doing an internship (either at a private, or a research institution). Together with the final master thesis (which is written in the last semester), the students will have received the necessary training to undertake independent analysis of many economics problems. The standard duration of the Master in Economic Policy is 3 semesters (leading to 90 credits). However, students who wish to amplify their training, have the option of earning additional 30 credits in the form of electives, to be taken either at USI, or our international and national partner universities (leading to a master degree with 120 credits).

     

    Master programme 90 ECTS

    1st Semester

    ECTS

    Microeconomics I

    3

    Microeconomics II

    3

    Macroeconomics I

    3

    Macroeconomics II

    3

    Microeconometrics I

    3

    Microeconometrics II

    3

    Industrial Organization

    6

    Political Economy and Public Finance I

    3

    Political Economy and Public Finance II

    3

       

    2nd Semester

     

    Public Policy Analysis

    3

    Quantitative Methods for Policy Evaluation 

    6

    Topics in Labor, Public and Development Economics

    6

    Introduction to Institutions and Economics of Pension and Aging

    3

    Pension Economics and Finance

    3

    Managerial economics II 

    3

    Globalization, development and migration

    3

    International fiscal system

    3

       

    3rd Semester

     

    Internship or Electives
    Suggested electives:
    Corporate Finance
    Investments
    Health Policy
    Courses from SSPH doctoral programmes

    12

    6
    6
    3
     

    Thesis

    18

    Slight changes in the programme may occur. 

     

    Master programme 120 ECTS

    1st Semester

    ECTS

    Microeconomics I

    3

    Microeconomics II

    3

    Macroeconomics I

    3

    Macroeconomics II

    3

    Microeconometrics I

    3

    Microeconometrics II

    3

    Industrial Organization

    6

    Political Economy and Public Finance I

    3

    Political Economy and Public Finance II

    3

       

    2nd Semester

     

    Public Policy Analysis

    3

    Quantitative Methods for Policy Evaluation 

    6

    Topics in Labor, Public and Development Economics

    6

    Introduction to Institutions and Economics of Pension and Aging

    3

    Pension Economics and Finance

    3

    Managerial economics II 

    3

    Globalization, development and migration

    3

    International fiscal system

    3

       

    3rd Semester

     

    Electives
    (at USI or at our partner universities* or SSHE doctoral programme)
    Corporate Finance
    Investments
    Health Policy
    Courses from SSPH doctoral programmes

    30

     

     

     

       

    4th Semester

     

    Internship or Electives

    12

    Thesis

    18

    * Students have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, and can select among a large number of partner universities.
    Below a list of selected partner universities, which are particularly suited for an exchange within the Master of Economic Policy:

    • Australia: University of Technology Sydney
    • Belgium: KU Leuven
    • Czech Republic: Charles University (Prague)
    • France: Université de Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne
    • Germany: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
    • Germany: Albert-Ludwig-University Freiburg
    • Italy: Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
    • Italy: Università Cattolica del S. Cuore
    • Italy: Università Bocconi
    • Italy: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
    • Italy: Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata
    • Russia: Higher School of Economics (Moscow)
  • Study plan 2017-2019

    Study plan of the Master in Economic Policy - curriculum 2017-2019

     

    The programme is taught entirely in English and has a strong international orientation. The first year offers all the core courses together with some specialized courses. The second year offers a variety of elective courses, and the possibility of doing an internship (either at a private, or a research institution). Together with the final master thesis (which is written in the last semester), the students will have received the necessary training to undertake independent analysis of many economics problems. The standard duration of the Master in Economic Policy is 3 semesters (leading to 90 credits). However, students who wish to amplify their training, have the option of earning additional 30 credits in the form of electives, to be taken either at USI, or our international and national partner universities (leading to a master degree with 120 credits).

     

    Sem. I - 
    Autumn semester
    2017/18

    Core courses
    Microeconomics for Public Policy 6 Immordino
    Macroeconomics for Public Policy 6 Pica
    Micro-Econometrics 6 Benfratello
    Industrial Organization 6 Jametti
    Political Economy and Public Finance                                                                               6 Funk

     

    Sem. II - 
    Spring semester
    2018

    Specialized courses

     
    Public Policy Analysis 3 Savard
    Quantitative Methods for Policy Evaluation 6 Litschig
    Topics in Labor, Public and Development Economics 6 Funk/Pinotti
    Introduction to Institutions and Economics of Pension and Aging                                     3 Galasso
    Pension Economics and Finance 3 Galasso
    Globalization, Development and Migration 3 Lossani
    International Fiscal System 3 Bruno
    Managerial Economics II 3 Balmer

     

    Sem. III - 
    Autumn semester
    2018/19

    Internship/Field Work/Research Stay with a Professor (12 credits); or:
    2 or more electives (for a max. of 12 credits) among all courses offered at USI at the Master level       

    12

    Thesis

    18

     

    Total ECTS                                                                                                                                                                    90

     

    Students who wish to amplify their training, have the option of earning additional 30 credits in the form of electives, leading to a master degree with 120 ECTS.

     

    Students have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, and can select among a large number of partner universities.

    Below a list of selected partner universities, which are particularly suited for an exchange within the Master of Economic Policy:

    • Australia: University of Technology Sydney
    • Belgium: KU Leuven
    • Czech Republic: Charles University (Prague)
    • France: Université de Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne
    • Germany: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
    • Germany: Albert-Ludwig-University Freiburg
    • Italy: Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
    • Italy: Università Cattolica del S. Cuore
    • Italy: Università Bocconi
    • Italy: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
    • Italy: Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata
    • Russia: Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

     

    Changes in the study plan may occurr. In case of discrepancies, or for any legal purpose, the study plan indicated by the Director or the Programme Manager of the Master shall prevail.

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Updated on: 04/09/2018