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Public Policy Analysis, Social Science Research

Tampere University

Economic approaches to policy design and analysis

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


Master's degree (University)

Degree earned

Master of Social Sciences

Planned duration

2 years

Extent of studies

120 ECTS



Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens

10000 € per academic year

Link to scholarship programme

Public Policy Analysis teaches students to use economic tools to address broad societal problems. Studies extend 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.

Public policy studies prepare 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. It also provides an essential background in policy for people wishing to work as translators for government institutions.

Master’s Programme in Social Science Research focuses on the contemporary issues and problems of governance, conflicts and policy in the globalizing world/society. The programme consists of the following academically independent specialisations with distinct study profiles:

Tampere University - Studying at the Faculty of Social Sciences

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