Specialization in Applied Economic Analysis
The analysis of real world problems more and more requires us using solid economic analysis combined with quantitative empirical methods.
SSE is a very renowned business school in Europe and provides an excellent environment to learn what it takes to succeed later on.
MSc in Economics, 1st year
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Why did you choose SSE and your specific program?
SSE is a very renowned business school in Europe and provides an excellent environment to learn what it takes to succeed later on. For me, what was important when choosing a masters was not only getting an excellent education, but also being able to connect with bright students and engage in extracurricular communities.
I chose the MSc in Economics for its quantitative approach to economics, while still being able to specialize in more global macro topics, and naturally also because of the whole study environment.
What is your favorite part about being at SSE?
One of the main advantages of the education at SSE is the small class size. You can have more interaction with professors and TAs that will be able to provide more useful class hours if they know what students are struggling with. The intimate size also means that you are getting familiar and building bonds with your entire class, which is very helpful when it comes to exams and also enjoying life together.
Why would you encourage others to apply to SSE?
The SSE is an amazing school. To me, the reasons for applying were mainly the good education that you can get here, the social environment with all the people that you meet and interact with both in class and during outside activities, as well as the connection with the business environment. I think that this mix creates a very good and healthy study environment in which a lot of students naturally prosper.
The specialization in Applied Economic Analysis puts emphasis on theoretical and empirical problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide variety of settings. It gives you a general analytical approach and a way of thinking, rather than detailed knowledge about narrowly defined issues. This approach will serve you well throughout your career in our increasingly complex world.
Deep understanding of economics
Through the program, you will learn how to use economic theory and quantitative methods in solving complex problems in many areas of economics. We create a structured learning environment where you will acquire a solid theoretical understanding during the first part of the program, and then move on to improve your practically oriented problem-solving ability will in the second part.
At the micro level, it deals with the problems facing individual producers, consumers and factor owners, and the implications of their decisions for the economy as a whole. At the macro level, the focus is on the behavior of economic aggregates like the rates of inflation and unemployment, and on how public policy choices affect aggregate economic outcomes. At the international level, the focus of attention is on the implications of interactions between countries such as international trade and factor movements, as well as the reasons why some countries experience more favorable development trajectories than other countries.
Being around ambitious students from all over the world really makes you think about what you want in life, and maybe reach a little bit higher than you thought was possible.
Alumna (graduated in 2012)
MSc in Economics
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After graduation from SSE I joined a one-year trainee program rotating between Sweden’s central bank (the Swedish Riksbank), the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, and the Swedish National Debt Office, leading to a full-time position as an economist at the Riksbank.
Having grown up in Sweden, I have always known that SSE is considered the best business school in Sweden. However, I was interested in social science and economics when I applied to bachelor programs, so I applied to Lund University. It was only towards the end of my bachelor that I started thinking about doing a master, and then SSE was my only choice.
Since we were the first Master students at SSE, my first year was very interesting and I think class of 2012 played a big role in helping to shape the program into what it is today. The thing that makes SSE such a unique school is how the tough workload makes everyone come together and help each other out. I found that really motivating and different from other schools where I have studied.
SSE and CEMS have opened up so many opportunities for me. Being around ambitious students from all over the world really makes you think about what you want in life, and maybe reach a little bit higher than you thought was possible. In starting my career, I was extremely satisfied to realize that SSE has given me the analytical and technical skills that my position requires. And on top of that, I have a network that stretches from Tokyo to São Paulo, with friends now working in companies and organizations that many people dream about working for. I find that truly inspiring!
Leading economics department
The Department of Economics is one of the leading economics departments in Europe with around 15 full-time faculty and around 35 PhD students. Our faculty regularly publish in top economic journals and teach courses in their areas of expertise. According to the Financial Times ranking of Master Programs (10-5-2009), the SSE is 3rd in Europe when it comes to economics.