The goal of the Graduate School is to “educate professionals and researchers in policy analysis, risk assessment, policy design, policy monitoring, policy evaluation and methods and techniques of policy research” (MsoG’s website, August 2005). The Graduate School offers five master’s programs and two Ph.D. programs, including Ph.D. programs in Social Protection Policy and Economics and Policy Studies of Technical Change.
MSoG research specializes in
- Comparative welfare states
- Public policy on inequality and poverty
- Vulnerability and household behavior
- Intergenerational fairness in old age provisions
- Informal labor and incomes, and
The Graduate School’s 60 faculty includes prominent scholars from the University of Maastricht as well as scholars from other European universities and research institutes.
(Source: Presentation on MSoG by Professor Chris de Neubourg at the Harvard Inequality Summer Institute, June 19, 2004, and the Graduate School’s website, August 2005).
Faculty research at the Graduate School of Governance and the Department of Economics
De Neubourg, Chris Research areas: taxation for pensions and public goods; performance indicators of welfare states; new social policy experiments in Europe; informal labor market & income distribution in Uzbekistan
Blom, Tannelie Research areas: theory of governance; European governance; systems theory
Hejke, Hans Research areas: education and the labor market
Herings, Jean Jacques
Research areas: economic theory; application of general equilibrium and cooperative game theory to financial markets; reconceptualization of theory of social situations; computational economics; time-inconsistent behavior
Hommels, Anique Research areas: urban space and design; research focus on processes of socio-technical change and resistance to change; interdisciplinary work, combining perspectives from history, sociology and philosophy; empirical focus shifted to the information society, theoretical focus on socio-technical change remained the reliability and vulnerability of ICT networks
Research areas: political support for the welfare state, especially support for the idea of redistribution; welfare state and inequality; philosophy behind sociology, economics and moral philosophy
Leonards, Chris Research areas: cultural history of international congresses and conferences; forced migration issues; philanthropy and social policies; globalization and inequality
Research areas: labor economics and growth theory; comparative unemployment insurance; computers and wages; impact of health and education on economic growth
Neuhold, Christine Research areas: decision making and institutions in the EU multi-level system of governance; questions of democratic legitimacy and treaty reform; EU policies
Notten, Geranda Research areas: vulnerability to poverty; role of the state in moving people out of poverty; asset utilization and choices in markets
Research areas: dynamics of female labor market participation, especially mothers with small children; psychological and sociological perspective of discrimination; effects of competition; happiness with income and labor inequality
Van Mierlo, Hans Research areas: electoral competition and politics; public management reform and public entrepreneurship; public-private management; policy analysis and policy evaluation; fiscal economics; welfare economics and public choice; various policy fields: health economics and policy; environmental economics and policy, education economics and policy, infrastructure economics and policy
Vos, Ellen Research areas: EU Law, institutional law (comitology and agencies), market integration and risk regulation (precautionary principle).
Inequality Fellows will be enrolled as temporary visitors. This enrollment status gives them access to the library, databases and other facilities.
Céline Duijsens-Rondagh, Student Affairs Officer at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, provided extensive information on practical questions that Inequality Fellows may face when in Maastricht. The following information includes excerpts from the much more detailed information Céline compiled:
Céline Duijsens-Rondagh at Celine.Duijsens@governance.unimaas.nl, phone: +31 43 3883732), is the key administrative contact for Inequality Fellows at the University of Maastricht.
Céline has graciously offered to help Inequality Fellows arrange for accommodation at the Hostel Randwijck or the International Guesthouse. Rooms range from 350 to 550 euros per month.
If Inequality Fellows stay in Maastricht for a longer period of time, the Inequality Program’s contacts in Maastricht will try their best to arrange for office space. All students can of course make use of the university’s extensive computer facilities at various locations at the university and the library.
The university is in session from September through July.
A very convenient way to get around in Maastricht is by bus or by card. A bus ticket for 22 trips, including transfers, costs about 20 euros.
Netherlands Railways offers a discount card for about 50 euros, which provides a 40% discount on trips after 9 AM and
during the weekend. For a list of low-cost airlines operating in Europe, visit http://www.discountairfares.com/lcosteur.htm .
To print out a location on a map, go to http://www.mappy.com./