Degree programme

Global Society - Public Choice


Economic approaches to political questions

Public policy analysis requires an approach that combines insights and techniques from economics and political science

This programme teaches students to use economic tools to address broad societal problems. The programme extends economic analysis beyond the traditional focus on market interactions to examine the intended and unintended consequences of policies and to explore how and when individual self-interest among politicians, interest groups etc. help or hinder public interest.

Public policy analysis involves understanding institutional design, policy evaluation and implementation, and decision-making. The methods include microeconomics, game theory, experimental economics, spatial econometrics, social choice theory and econometrics.

MDP in Public Choice cooperates with economics at Tampere University and invites experts from around the world to teach classes, providing students with cutting-edge approaches. The courses combine theory and practice.

A master’s degree with public choice as the major prepares students for doctoral research or for careers as professional policy analysts in policy planning and evaluation units of government agencies or ministries, the staff of elected and appointed public officials, consulting firms, and non-government organisations. The programme also provides an essential background in policy for people wishing to work as translators for government institutions.