Department of International Economics
Economics is a key building block to understand many of the motivations behind international relations. At the department of international economics, we equip students with a sound grounding in the principles of economics. The core of the economics program offered by the department lies in the field of international economics – a discipline of economics which deals with interactions between economies that arise through trade and financial flows. A high degree of globalisation involves more competition between countries, which typically creates winners and losers in the domestic economy. To understand international policy, it is hence of ample importance to have a solid knowledge of trade policy as well as the international financial system. In addition, the department has a second focus on sustainable development. Students will delve deeper into questions such as what countries, civil society and private actors can do to put economic growth on an environmentally sound footing or why some countries grow faster, while others stay poor.
"At the Vienna School of International Studies (DA), we pursue a fact and research-driven approach to teaching economics. This implies that lectures cover the discussion of current policy issues and relate them to cutting edge research in the field of the lecturers’ specialisation. The research orientation at the DA ensures that students are encouraged to solve economic problems early on, and helps in the development of career-relevant specialist and personal skills."
Professor of International Economics