Economics and Governance (BEB) / BSc


Economics in Wageningen traditionally focuses on fields of economic activities that show a high degree of policy intensity. For instance, agriculture has a long tradition of government intervention as it is a sector with small enterprises, land-based and therefore location-bound, subject to variable weather conditions, and producing necessities for human consumption. Other forms of land use, for nature, for urban housing and infrastructure are also subject to intensive policy interference. The food industry, connected as it is with the agricultural sector, is also more prone to policy than other industrial sectors.
Lastly, environmental issues and problems connected to global and domestic commons also demand policy interventions and specific types of governance. Therefore, Economics in Wageningen has a tradition of studying policy and its effects for farms, firms and families. The themes that BEB now offers reflect this as they include Environment and Natural Resources; Agribusiness; Rural Development; Nature & Forestry and Spatial Planning. All themes deal with domains where the visible hand of policy shakes the invisible hand of the market. Wageningen UR's domains of nature, environment and agri-business show the same focus on policy intensive domains. In the light of this traditional focus of Wageningen economics, Wageningen university has a comparative advantage over other universities in providing a Bachelor in Economics and Governance.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the BSc programme graduates are expected to be able to:
- explain concepts, principles, theories, and modelling approaches in:
* the domain(s) of agricultural economics; development economics; economics of consumers and households; environmental economics and natural resources;
* the domain of public administration and policy, rural policy, and environmental policy;
- critically reflect upon their own (research) activities in the field of economics, policy & governance;
- apply the common research techniques in the field of economics, policy and governance and have the ability to relate theory to empirical work;
- plan, conduct and present an independent investigation, with reliance on guidance, in the field of agricultural economics and rural policy, development economics, economics of consumers and households, environmental economics and natural resources, public administration and policy, or environmental policy;
- explain the outcomes of their research in order to inform fellow researchers, organizations, consumers or the general public;
- translate research outcomes into policy recommendations, within the domain of agricultural economics and rural policy, development economics, economics of consumers and households, environmental economics and natural resources (under supervision);
- display awareness of the possibility that economic and policy issues can be subject to more than one approach and may have more than one solution; - work in a team, including the ability to make a planning and a distribution of tasks (under supervision);
- display awareness of the interaction and potential integration between multiple disciplines within the agri-chain and the life sciences environment (e.g. Economics & Public Administration);
- understand the international and social context of their field of study.

Programme Director

Ir E.P. Kroese
Phone: 0317- (4)82198

Study Adviser(s)

Ir E.P. Kroese
Phone: 0317- (4)82198

Programme Committee

Chair: Prof. dr S.W.F. Omta
Secretary: Ir E.P. Kroese


Study Association

Mercurius Wageningen
Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen

Unconditional Admission to the MSc

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