About Economics

Economists are concerned with how a society manages, produces and distributes its wealth, both material and immaterial. The material aspects contributing to well-being include income, housing, food, water, environment and transportation, while the immaterial aspects include health, happiness, beauty and social cohesion. In a nutshell, economists are concerned with the conditions that contribute to a society's well-being. Economic issues affect everyone, but there are also personal reasons for studying economics: it allows you to develop analytical and abstract skills, and helps you to evaluate the costs and benefits associated with any action.

The Department of Economics aims to create and disseminate economics knowledge for the benefit of society, and to be an internationally recognized centre of quality research, teaching, and public service.

Our department was established in 1964. It is home to approximately 30 full-time faculty whose research and teaching activities cover a broad spectrum of topics including Resource and Environmental Economics, Public Finance, Development Economics, International Economics, Law and Economics, Financial Economics, Labour Economics, and Industrial Organization.

Approximately 8,000 students register in Economics classes each year, and the Department has over 1000 Economics Majors and Honors undergraduate students. Our graduate program typically includes 75 students enrolled in the Ph.D., Master's, and Master's in Economics and Finance programs.


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