Economic Research


About this minor

How math and stats can help us understand the economic world. The minor deepens the knowledge and understanding of economic research for individuals with an already good econometric knowledge. It particularly emphasises the development of skills needed for those interested in carrying out economic research to better our understanding of our complex world. Ideal for those planning to continue into a master or PhD!

The minor aims to broaden as well as deepen the knowledge and understanding of economics for individuals trained in econometrics on several dimensions. Using microeconomic theory to understand strategic interactions Looking at recent developments in macroeconomics in both theory and practice Reviewing popular micro-econometric methods used in empirical papers

A particular emphasis of this minor is the development of economic research skills.
The reading material for this minor will thus mostly be based on published academic papers.

Learning outcomes

The goal of this minor is to:

  • Introduce students to important macroeconomic and microeconomic problems and theories that modern economic research focuses on.

  • Teach students how they can use empirical methods to systematically think about the relationships between microeconomic and aggregate variables.

  • The long run learning objective is to tease students’ interest for economic research so they can optimally decide if this is a potential career path for them when choosing their postgraduate studies (i.e. to eventually work in academia as an economist, for government or international institutions as the IMF, ECB or the World Bank in need of well-trained academic researchers etc.)

Good to know

Deepening minor: for ESE students only.
This minor is only accessible to ESE students who have relatively strong technical skills. This means that it is open to all bachelor students from one of the econometrics tracks and to those from the economics track who have obtained high grades in statistical and mathematical based courses.

Teaching method and examination



  • Theoretical Microeconomics

  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Practice

  • Applied Micro-Econometric Methods


Module 1: Participation: 10%; Course Work: 20%; Written Exam: 70%

Module 2: Participation: 10%; Course Work: 20%; Written Exam: 70%

Module 3: Participation: 10%; Course Work: 20%; Research Paper: 70%

Composition final grade

Module1: 32%

Module 2: 32%

Module 3: 36%

Students need to obtain an average of 5.5 over all modules to pass the minor and cannot get a grade below 4.5 in any of the modules.

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  • Credits
    ECTS 12
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