The Oxford University Business Economics Programme equips business leaders with rigorous economic theory and its application in order to navigate their current business challenges and inform strategic decisions.
It disseminates world-class research by Oxford University academics on topics highly relevant to businesses across sectors and society in general.
Alongside our carefully curated syndicate groups, we create unique networking opportunities across sectors, geographies and roles.
About the Programme
What people say about OUBEP:
“A brilliant analysis, very thought provoking, and just what you would expect from OUBEP. Changes your view of how the world works too, critically and economically.”
From understanding the laws of supply and demand in shaping prices and quantities on global markets, to learning about the roles of central banks and governments for leading economies out of recessions, this programme is designed to equip you with the essential economic knowledge to grasp the workings of modern economies.
Taught through a combination of online lectures and live, small syndicate group discussions, this course provides you with unique access to the world-class researchers at the Economics Department of the University of Oxford. Come and join our community, learn the fundamentals of Economics from our experienced academics and community of business leaders.
What it covers
- Laws of supply and demand
- Markets and their failures
- Externalities and missing markets
- Market power and competition
- Strategic interaction and pricing
- Information asymmetry and signalling
- Growth and innovation
- Entrepreneurship and startups
- Inequality within and across countries
- Recessions and how to fight them
- Economic cycles and their costs
- Central bank and government policies
“High quality academic and business perspective from new angles. Great insight.”
With Abi Adams-Prassl and Alex Teytelboym
Markets and their failures
- Do minimum wages increase unemployment?
- The economics of vaccines
- What can economics tell us about saving the planet?
Market power and competition
- Where else can you buy this?
- Understanding market power
- What economics of information tells us about investment
- Bidding in an auction? How to stay ahead with game theory
With Andrea Ferrero and Petr Sedláček
- Recessions and how to fight them
One crisis after the next
- How do central banks deal with crisis?
- Will the Biden plan cause inflation?
Growth and innovation
- Will COVID leave a permanent economic scar?
- Where has all the growth gone?
- Entrepreneurship, jobs and innovation
Who is the Programme For?
This course is designed for leaders and managers at all levels who want to acquire a foundation in economics to inform and create impactful strategies in order to better respond to current challenges.
“Rigorous and challenging economic analysis. always Well presented by world class experts.”
The learning experience
Online lectures on demand
- 12 hours of lectures by world-class experts
- Released gradually between June and September 2021
- Rich material to support your learning
Online Syndicate discussions
- 4 hours of live sessions
- Interactive discussions with a dedicated tutor and no more than 10 delegates
- Multiple time zones
- 1 hour per week
- Engaging group discussions and
- Q&A with Teaching assistant via Chat
- Use the tools to work on a practical challenge with a small group
- Present your findings at the graduation day and win a prize.
Benefits and costs
Our introductory price of £1950 per
- Introduction into economic theory and its applications
- Oxford-style learning experience with world-class experts
- All course material, exercises and extra reading
- Graduation ceremony and dinner in Oxford Certificate of completion
Create a network
- Carefully curated mix of participants per syndicate, across sectors and roles
- Groups of 3-4 people to work on a common challenge throughout the course
- Celebrate together at the Graduation day in Oxford on 24th September 2021
- Presentation of the challenge & prize
- Traditional Oxford activities
Meet the faculty
Our programme, led by Professor Petr Sedláček, is taught by experienced Oxford academics conducting frontier Economic research. Combined, our team has attracted over 3million pounds in external research funding and has real-life Economic policy experience. Join our programme to get a chance to learn from them.
Petr is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics in Oxford and a tutorial fellow at Christ Church. He is also the Senior Tutor for OUBEP, responsible for all of its academic content. He is a macroeconomist with a particular interest in the heterogeneity among workers and firms. His research combines empirical analysis of large microlevel datasets and quantitative models of the macroeconomy. Most recently, his research has attracted over £1 million to study the role start-ups play for the aggregate economy in terms of creating jobs and driving innovation.
Alongside his academic work, Petr has been consulting for a range of institutions, including the European Commission. There, he has helped develop a policy tool for gauging the employment impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for the member states and a framework for evaluating the Commission’s R&D policies.
Alongside her University work, Abi is currently a Specialist Advisor to the UK Parliament Women & Equalities Select Committee and advises a range of stakeholders on empirical analysis relating to strategic litigation in the realm of public law and human rights.
His main research interests lie within market design (e.g. matching markets and auctions) and network economics. He is interested in the applications of economic theory to many policy areas, including environment, energy and refugee resettlement.
His research interests are in the areas of Monetary Economics and International Macroeconomics. Among other topics, he has worked on policy options in a currency union, the determinants and implications of global imbalances, and the macroeconomic impact of the Fed unconventional policies. Currently, he focuses on monetary policy and financial frictions in closed and open economy, and on the determinants of low real interest rates.
“I found the lectures very informative, it challenged my thinking in terms of my day-to-day role, and gave me reinforcement of my ideas and work to make data-based decisions.”
What will set you apart
“As I had hoped, the carefully chosen contributors to the breakfast series brought new insight based on in-depth research and well-presented data. Very thought provoking.”
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
- The ability to understand economic theory and fundamental economic principles driving key issues of our time
- The essential economic knowledge to grasp the workings of modern economies
- The frameworks and data needed to confidently inform your business’ strategy, leveraging our expert’s frontier research
- Access to a diverse group of participants to exchange ideas and knowledge across sectors and roles
- The ability to directly apply economic theory to the challenge of sustainability and climate change