Following the verticalization proposal encouraged by PROPP-UFOP through the creation of emerging groups, the Postgraduate Program in Applied Economics of UFOP (PPEA-UFOP) began to be planned from May 2013. Since then, several goals and actions were established in order to implement the proposal submitted and approved in the Internal Instances of this University in June 2015. In December of the same year, the proposal was recommended by the Higher Level Personnel Improvement Commission (CAPES), an organ of the Ministry of Education responsible for the recognition and evaluation of postgraduate curses stricto-sensu (professional masters, academic masters, and doctorates) at a national level. In its first year, the PPEA-UFOP was accredited to the Nacional Association of Postgraduate Centers in Economics (ANPEC).

The definition of the line of research "Applied Economics" is supported by the profile of the permanent faculty of the PPEA-UFOP, and also the possibilities of multidisciplinary integration with other courses of the UFOP. As well as the experience and recognition of the Professors of the Graduate Course in Economics of the Center for Development and Regional Planning of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (CEDEPLAR / UFMG), which established an unrestricted and temporary academic collaboration.

The objective of the PPEA-UFOP is to deepen the training of qualified human resources and capable to carry out activities related to the economic question and its applications, which assists in the decision making in the public and private spheres. In addition, the Program seeks to stimulate the consolidation of research groups in UFOP, especially those that attend to the socioeconomic, demographic and cultural specificities of the Inconfidentes region, where UFOP campuses are located.

In addition to the solid training in Economic Theory and Quantitative Methods, the student of the PPEA-UFOP will have the possibility to deepen his knowledge in the areas of Economic Development and Evaluation of Public Policies. For this purpose, the curricular matrix of the Master's Degree in Applied Economics contains elective subjects of interest for these areas, such as Tourism Economics, Mineral Resources Economics, Analysis of Mining Situation, Economy of Education, among others.



This line of research offers a wide possibility of research topics: Analysis of impacts under various scales, levels of analysis disaggregation; Sectors (health, education, infrastructure, urban planning, and management), important for the training of human resources for public and private institutions. The scope of research in this area allows for the study and formulation of alternatives on the role of the State and public policies in the promotion of development (national, regional, local), allowing even reflections and propositions for our region, still quite fragile in terms of studies on these issues.

Professors: Breynner Ricardo de Oliveira; Carlos Eduardo Gama Torres and Victor M. Senna Delgado.



Such a line of research allows the student to enter have access to the most different theoretical views of the economic thought and a series of other historical and institutional themes; For sectoral and comparative analyzes, to study various interactions between different scales (international, national, regional and local). These studies allow us to understand the dynamics of development, the specificities of the development of the central and peripheral economies from the historical, institutional and comparative point of view.

Professors: Fernanda Faria Silva; Francisca Diana Ferreira Viana and Heder Carlos de Oliveira.



The line of research in quantitative methods is destined to carry out studies with the emphasis in the application and development of quantitative methods for investigations of subjects addressed in the other three proposed lines. It allows to reconcile training in economic theory, economic development and, public policies, enabling students to carry out theoretical and applied research. The tool of quantitative methods is an important instrument for economists to test hypotheses and predictions of theoretical models. This area includes the subjects of statistics and economics. Such subjects develop their own methods for the treatment and thesis of the area of ​​economics. In particular, these disciplines have the development of the sub-areas of Longitudinal Data Analysis, Panels Data Analysis, Time Series, Hypothesis Testing and, Simulations. In addition, students can develop fundamental programming and information technology skills in the economist career.

Professors: Antonio Francisco Neto; Carlos Eduardo Gama Torres; Heder Carlos de Oliveira; Mirian Ribeiro Martins; Ivair Ramos Silva.



The studies in this line allow to deal with theoretical and normative elements associated with the development in the macroeconomic as well as in the microeconomic level. In this sense, economic theory, based on micro and macroeconomic fundamentals, supports the basis of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in economics. It covers theories of general equilibrium, incomplete markets and market imperfections, Industrial Organization, Game-Theory. This line subsidizes research possibilities that can be deployed from the interface with both areas (Micro and Macroeconomics), for example, in studies on Theory of International Trade, International Finance, International Economic Relations, among other interactions.

Professors: Martin Barrenechea, Rosangela Soares Fernandes; Victor M. Senna Delgado.



The Master in Applied Economics will have the following compulsory subjects:

1. Macroeconomics I - 4 credits;

2. Microeconomics I - 4 credits;

3. Econometrics I - 4 credits;

4. Mathematical Economics - 4 credits;

5. Statistical Inference - 2 credits;

6. Dissertation Seminar - 2 credits.

Mathematics and Probability subjects will be offered to incoming students during the summer semester. The discipline of Internship to Teaching is obligatory for the students contemplated with scholarship and facultative to the others.

Each semester will offer a range of electives that will complement the training of students. The offer of these subjects will vary according to the number of accredited teachers, offering at least the minimum required for the payment of credits in elective disciplines.

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