Economics and Public Policy


In the policy stream “Economics and Public Policy” (EPP), you will be prepared to become a decision- maker in economic policy-making, both at the national, European and international levels. As an highly skilled economist, you will be provided with rigorous analytical and professional skills applied to a variety of policies, from competition policy and regulation, monetary, financial and fiscal policy, economic development, to employment, social and environmental policy. This stream also provides the necessary multidisciplinary approaches to deal with economic policy problems with courses in political science, political economy, law, regulation, governance and management. Students receive professional expertise and practical skills through case-studies, capstones and elective coursework in specific fields of economic policies. 


Graduates from this policy stream pursue careers in a variety of fields related to economic policy making in governmental organizations, international organizations, public agencies, development agencies, European institutions. It also meets the needs of highly trained economists working in the private sector, for instance in banking, audits/consultancy, corporate sector, public-private partnerships, or non-governmental organizations.


Our program focuses on core courses in applied economic methods, economic policy, microeconomics and macroeconomics for public policy, behavioral policy, political economy, public budgeting and public finance.

It then provides various areas of specialization on:

  • European competition policy;
  • European economics challenges
  • Growth and innovation policy;
  • Banking, monetary and fiscal policy;
  • Health;
  • Employment and education;
  • Social policy and inequality;
  • Development economics, financing for development
  • Sustainable development.

Please note that we highly recommend being familiar with the following notions in mathematics and economics when considering the "Economics and Public Policy" stream: 

  • Calculus (definition of a function; limit and continuity; derivatives and differentials; static optimization; integrating a function; sums and series)
  • Matrices (matrix calculation; matrix transpose and inversion)
  • Statistics (sets; probabilistic models; conditional probabilities; discrete, continuous and normal random variables; covariance)
  • Econometrics (ordinary least squares estimator)
  • Microeconomics (envelope theorem; Shepard's lemma; Roy's identity).


Within this inter-disciplinary context, core courses include : 

Public Economics 
Macroeconomics for Public Policy
Economics and Law
Behavioral Policy
Evaluation of Public Policy
Public Budgeting and Management
Political Economy
Applied economic methods


Master in Public Policy:

Master in European Affairs:

Scientific advisors

Roberto Galbiati - Researcher, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Roberto Galbiati's research is focused on the intersection between different social sciences and economics to understand the legal environment and how laws shape economic and social behaviour. He is published in major economics journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics and the American Economic Journal, among others. At Sciences Po he teaches courses in Law and Economics and in Social Economics.

Francesco Saraceno – Senior Economist, Deputy Director OFCE

Francesco Saraceno's main research interests include the relationship between inequality and macroeconomic performance, European macroeconomic policies, and the interaction between structural reforms and fiscal and monetary policies. He has published in the Journal of Public Economic Theory, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Evolutionary Economics, and Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, among others. At Sciences Po he teaches courses on Economics of European Integration.


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