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M.Sc. BEA – Behavioural and Applied Economics

The Behavioural and Applied Economics programme from University of Trento offers a solid educational path in Economics, both Micro and Macro, with the possibility to develop advanced competences in Behavioural or Applied Economics.

The Master Degree Program (Laurea Magistrale) in Behavioural and Applied Economics (BEA) provides a solid education in Economics, alongside a sound knowledge in psychology, management, statistics, and quantitative methods with the possibility to develop advanced competencies in Behavioural or Applied Economics.

The Applied Economics track offers the opportunity to acquire empirical analysis tools combined with skills in using large data sets in order to perform deep studies in a broad area of economics, from industrial organization to labour economics, public policy evaluation programs, data analytics and big data. Graduates leave the program armed with the necessary background to carry out rigorous economic analysis in questions of interest for policy and business.

The Behavioural Economics track aims at improving the predictive power of economic models by incorporating insights from psychology. Predictable deviations from rationality benchmarks (biases) are organized into theories that provide a better account of human behavior.

In the BEA teaching methodology theory and empirical methods are constantly engaged in mutual dialogue and each teaching activity provides both aspects. Through this special learning, you will have the chance to apply your knowledge to reality and develop, inter alia, communications skills and independent assessment.

These skills are further strengthened through external activities, such as training placements or visiting periods to be spent in other worldwide partner universities.

Quick facts

Degree awarded Master of Science – “Laurea Magistrale” – in Behavioural and Applied Economics
Workload The total workload for each student is 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
Duration 2 years full-time
Intake September each year
Fees and funding
(approximate rate)
EU: 340€-3400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit);
Non-EU: 1000€-4500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation)
Location TrentoItaly

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Career opportunities

Graduates in Behavioural and Applied Economics learn to assess and interpret economic phenomena by combining economic theory and empirical evidence in the form of experimental and observational data. This makes them able to put their expertise to work both in the private and the public sector.

Specifically, BEA graduates are able to analyze, seize, and use experimental data to collocate the baseline organization in its economic context and understand the trend of the economic variables and the economic behavior of people. Moreover, they possess skills in conducting data analysis to test economic theory and provide insightful policy advice.

The set of competencies acquired and the empirical approach make them skilled to assess independently and provide policy recommendations and strategic governance for Companies, NGO’s and Public organizations at the international level. BEA graduates are trained to collect, analyze, and explain data as well as connect together the different economic players of organizations and predict the potential effects of economic decisions. Graduates are also able to monitor and suggest corrections towards undertaken actions, address new development strategies within organizations, both public and private.

This makes BEA graduates fit to work as market analysts or professional experts in different and complex economic systems with high responsibilities like multinational corporations, banks or government institutions, NGOs, as well as international research institutions and public administrations. In addition, BEA Master Programme provides graduates with the necessary foundations in economics and statistics to proceed to a Ph.D.


Application deadlines
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  • March for NON-EU citizens permanently living
  • June for EU students and NON EU students living in Italy


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with specific courses in the areas of economics, management, statistics and mathematics
  • English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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