Study the complexities behind how governments make policy decisions to shape daily life and well-being.

Governments provide essential services, such as health care and education. They collect taxes to pay for their operations. They also seek to regulate human behaviour, for example, to promote competition among firms. This program draws on economic analysis and various disciplines to give you a better understanding of the challenges involved in developing good public policy and why governments sometimes fail to make the right choices.

Why choose the Department of Economics

The Department’s specialty is to educate you to move beyond ready-made ideas. We help you build academic and professional credibility by teaching you solid statistical and analytical skills. You will be prepared to work in a variety of sectors including public policy, international trade, business, banking and finance, consulting, research, international development and advocacy. 

Part of your learning experience

In your fourth year, you can carry out an off-campus research project related to Canadian economic policy in the public or non-profit sector. This experience is an opportunity to develop not only your research skills, but also your team-working and project management skills. It’s a way to start building your network, before you graduate.

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