Department of Economics
Economics really is about the world around us. Economic issues are an inherent part of our lives: globalisation, impacts of climate change, inflation, unemployment and wealth inequality. But even most political, environmental and social problems have important economic consequences. Through our teaching and research we address current economic issues in an ever-changing world, bringing economics closer to you.
Our researchers have a wealth of international experience gained at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, businesses and government organisations, including Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard, the World Bank, the WHO and the London School of Economics.
With a long tradition of research excellence in macroeconomics, finance, applied econometrics and cultural economics, our research strengths cover labour economics, development economics and the economies of South East Asia.
All our course offerings, undergraduate as well as postgraduate, satisfy the academic requirements of the degree, but also reflect your interests and aspirations.
Our courses in economics have an extremely flexible degree structure, allowing you to include in your economics degree courses from other departments in the University. Should you develop interests in finance, accounting, marketing, business law, computing, politics, philosophy, history, mathematics, psychology, education and similar you may simply take a couple of courses in these areas or can even develop them into a second major or double degree.
All the core courses in economics are available during both day and evening, with library and computing facilities also available in the evenings and on weekends. This allows you more flexibility should you also be working full- or part-time during your studies.
Research is the way of life to our academics. Economics researchers investigate industry and inflation policies, reforms, competition in financial markets, financial risks, labour market issues. Among other topics, our researchers also look into the economics of arts and culture, sustainable development, financial bubbles and Asian economies.
Our key research areas include:
- Macroeconomics and finance
- Research on the history of economic thought
- Asian economies
REACH new heights in arts and culture
Our REACH network conducts multidisciplinary research in the economics of the arts and culture across cultural economics, consumer behaviour, heritage, brand management, innovation, marketing, management, and media studies.
REACH’s activities address in particular the creation of resilient societies through understanding cultures in our changing world and building ethical, just and inclusive communities. It also investigates how to strengthen economic productivity and collaborates with UNESCO: the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (UK), the World Bank, Australian National University, the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Australian Government's Department of the Environment.
Further for us it is important to conduct our research in line with a number of Australian Government research priorities:
- Lifting productivity and economic growth
- Securing Australia's place in a changing world
- Promoting population health and wellbeing