The Advanced Master in Political Economy experience: a student's perspective

Vasilis Stavropoulos, Student Advanced Master in Political Economy 2018-2019 18/04/2019 advancedmasters, politicaleconomy

The Advanced Master in Political Economy is a postgraduate course (1 year, full-time, 60 ECTS, in English) that Solvay Brussels School jointly offers with Georgetown University in Washington DC, for Master students with no or limited professional experience.

The programme provides students with the knowledge and the skills needed to evaluate and address global and local economic challenges. It gives them a solid understanding of the institutions and political settings in which they arise.

Within the framework of the programme, on-site meetings are organised throughout the year. These meetings lead students through the inner-workings of international institutions, such as the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the IMF and various think tanks.

Just before leaving Brussels to go to Washington DC for the summer term, Vasilis, one of the current Political Economy students spoke about his experience:

"The opportunity to join the Georgetown / Solvay Advanced Master in Political Economy truly enriched my academic background and opened up my horizons. We spent the first semester covering advanced concepts in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Political Economy.

For each of these courses, we used an applied methodology, various teaching methods, group projects and individual research. In the second semester, we put those skills in a practical perspective.

One of the main reasons why I enjoyed my time in Brussels so much was that we had the chance to visit numerous International Organizations and European institutions. We went to the European Central Bank, the European Commission, the US Embassy to the EU, NATO, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Headquarters of the think-tank, Bruegel. Our professors are established professionals at these institutions. Professor Michele Lenza is the Head of Section at the ECB’s Monetary Policy Research and Professor Andre Sapir is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel. During these visits, we discussed topics such as the ECB’s monetary policy of Quantitative Easing, the European Commission’s competition policies and the macroeconomic impacts of Brexit. 

In April, we had the opportunity to visit the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France and gain insight into its economic research. Dr. Micael Castanheira, the Academic co-Director of the Advanced Master in Political Economy who also serves as a Senior Research Fellow with the Belgian National Science Foundation, organized a series of presentations with Dr. Giuseppe Nicoletti, the OECD Head of Division on Structural Policy Analysis:

  • “Analysis of Growth and Growth Policies” by Dr. Nicolas Ruiz
  • “The productivity slowdown: technology or else?” by Dr. Giuseppe Nicoletti 
  • “Services: old and new” by Stéphane Sorbe
  • “Inclusive Growth” by Dr. Orsetta Causa
  • “Labour Market Puzzles” by Mathilde Pak
  • “Environmental Sustainability” by Dr. Antoine Dechezleprêtre
  •  The policy advice on the United States" by Dr. Douglas Sutherland

It was an amazing opportunity to learn about the interesting work being conducted. I especially enjoyed talking with the speakers during our luncheon.”


Learn from expert decision-makers in Europe and North-America and explore:

  • The specificities and differences between the approaches taken on each continent
  • Their impact in various geopolitically crucial regions around the world
  • The complex relationships with other actors within this global governance architecture

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