Executive Seminar

Economics for non-economists: Micro- and macroeconomics

The seminar offers an intensive introduction to certain key concepts used by economists. It consists of two components, a microeconomic and a macroeconomic analysis.

The microeconomics part covers  the effective functioning of competitive markets and the potential need for government intervention. The macroeconomics section targets the understanding of interactions among the main policy areas: monetary policy, fiscal policy, and wage-setting. Conceptual and theoretical frameworks are discussed from the perspective of applied policy illustrations, providing the participants with a hands-on understanding of modern economic analysis.

In short, participants gain a thorough understanding of professional economists' way of thinking and a concise overview of the most important topics and approaches in micro- and macroeconomics. A background in economics or mathematics is not required.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Public Financial Management and Methods.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • 4 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times

  • Day 1: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 4:   9:00 - 16:00

Seminar fee

€ 1,690

Seminar fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses.

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. 

Terms and Conditions


Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.

Seminar director

  • Henrik Enderlein , Vice-President and Dean of Strategy, Professor of Political Economy